The purpose of this school is to give students the skills and knowledge to plan 3-season backpacking trips. The course is for people who love camping or hiking outdoors, but are not comfortable planning their own trips yet.
The ECP Backpacking School is an all volunteer program, taught by ECP members with a wide range of backgrounds. Many of us are former backpacking school students. Some instructors are accomplished mountaineers while others just like to take an overnight hike in the woods. We're looking to introduce more people to backpacking and show you how accessible it can be!
Classes will cover a variety of topics. Clothing and gear selection, travel, and trip planning will all be covered in depth by experienced instructors. By the end of the class you should have all the tools that you will need to plan a safe, fun, and memorable backpacking trip.
All classroom sessions will be held at the Wilkins Community Center.
Classes will run from 7:00PM to approximately 9:30PM.
Directions to the weekend outings will be discussed in class.
If you need more specific information, please feel free to contact the backpacking school directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions, email email@example.com.
The 2021 schedule is now available.
Mandatory student class dates for School Year 2021
The 2021 Backpacking School application is now open! Apply here!
First, check the schedule to make sure that you can attend every classroom session and outing. There are no make-up sessions!
Then, complete the 2021 Backpacking School Online Application and submit payment. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis and class size is limited so apply early. The 2021 school fee is $45.
If you are not already a member of the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh, you must apply to become a member of the ECP in order for your application to be considered. Please see this link for information on applying to become a member to the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh. You can apply for both the ECP and the Backpacking School at the same time.
In the event that you are waitlisted for the Backpacking School and space is not available, your $45 Backpacking School fee will be fully refunded. However, ECP membership fees will not be refunded if you are not admitted to the Backpacking School.
For further information, contact the Backpacking School directors: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and see you on the trail!
Adopting the motto "Research, Education, and Adventure" in 1947, for three generations the ECP has provided the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure.
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