Intro into Backpacking Course

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  • Come learn how to explore deeper into the backcountry

  • Take advantage of the knowledge from our professional guides

  • Bring a friend and make memories together

  • Open up a new world of adventure

  • Is Waterton worth visiting

    Accomplish the unthinkable

near Crowsnest Pass

Are you ready to start exploring the backcountry and staying overnight, but don't know where to start? Uplift Adventures is instructing an Intro into Backpacking program to build your confidence in the outdoors so that you can learn how to trip plan, plan your backpacking trip, be safe, and make good decisions in the backcountry.

This backpacking trip is designed for beginners who have some day hiking experience. It is recommended to complete some day hiking trips with elevation leading up to this course.

2023 DATES


JUNE 23 - 25
JULY 7 - 9
AUGUST 11 - 13
SEPT 1 - 3

* Available for private bookings mid-June to September

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starting at $349
per person


Launch Special (before December 24): $349

Early Bird (December 25 to January 26): $399

Regular Price (after January 26): $424

* price includes meals, group gear, professional guide, and more
** price does not include taxes

Prepare for your trip!

Packing for your trip
We have the ultimate backpacking list for you on our website. Check it out. If you have more questions, ask ahead of time and ease your mind.

The day of your trip
An email is sent out at least a week before your trip. Ensure you read this email as it will review the meeting location and other information important for your trip.

We will meet up the evening before your trip to do a classroom-style portion of the course. If you have questions before we start your course, we are here to help you. We operate a small business, but will respond to any and all of your questions as soon as possible.

Highlights of this tour
  • Invaluable knowledge from experts in the field

  • Our guides are highly certified and it takes 3 - 4 years to get to this level of certification

  • Build your confidence

  • We teach everything from bear hangs to how to pack to leave-no-trace techniques


✔ Food on Day 1 (lunch, snacks, supper)

✔ Food on Day 2 (breakfast, lunch, snacks)

✔ Safety equipment (carried by guide: bear spray, first aid kit, satellite communication device, repair kit, guide tarp, maps)

✔ Group equipment (water filter / purification, cooking pots, cooking utensils, soap and scrubby, dishes, stoves, fuel, bear hang, rope)

✔ Professional guide (our backpacking guides are certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and are Wilderness First Responders)

✔ Permits

✔ Small group sizes


Transportation to trailhead

Personal Gear (gear can be rented at an additional and discounted cost, such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks)

✕ Accommodations before and after the trip

✕ Breakfast on Day 1

✕ Supper on Day 2

✕ Cancellation insurance


What to Expect
We will begin this adventure on Friday night with a classroom session to get your head in the game and eyes on the prize. We will go over how to pack, trip planning, and prepare for our adventure. On Saturday morning, we will head out to the trail head to start our adventure for an overnight backpacking adventure. While taking in the beautiful scenery of the South Canadian Rockies, we will teach field skills including some basic navigation, setting up a campsite, backcountry cooking, efficiencies, safety, and more. On Sunday, we will pack up our camp and then head back to the trail head.

Here is a tentative schedule:

Day 0

6 – 9PM

Meet and go over gear, food, and itinerary. This is the classroom session where we will go over how to prepare for the backcountry. Please come with any questions and any gear that you are curious about.

Day 1


We will meet in Crowsnest Pass at a designated location decided on the night before. Driving time can be up to an hour on backcountry roads.

8AM – 9AM

Travel to trailhead. You are travelling deep into the backcountry on roads that are not paved. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

9AM – 4:30PM

Expect around 8 - 10km of backpacking in mountainous terrain (this means some elevation). It is not easy, and some physical endurance is required. We will have lots of time for breaks along the way to the campsite location.

At the campsite, you will practice setting up a backcountry campsite, including how to be bear safe and how to make a latrine. You will have some time to explore, meditate, or read. We will then ensure we reunite to cook dinner together.

Day 2

7AM – 10AM

Rise and shine. It is time to get the day started. We will pack up our bags, prepare a backcountry breakfast, and head back onto the trail by 10am.

10AM – 3PM

Expect a similar distance as Day 1. Plan to return back to the vehicles between 2 - 3pm. However, timing always depends on the group's ability, so do not plan activities immediately after the trip.

Location of Trip: Around Crowsnest Pass or in Castle Parks, Alberta. We do not post our locations publicly as our locations have been specially designed for this course. It has taken us several years to specially design these courses and to find the perfect spots for our guests in the remote backcountry and away from the crowds. Our guides have your abilities and interests in mind when designing trips and love sharing with you these special places that we find.

Meeting Location (Day 0): In Crowsnest Pass. The exact location will be emailed to you the week leading up to your adventure.

Please Note: Our backpacking trips are often off-the-beaten-path and not at designated campsites. This means that we do not have a lot of infrastructure, such as picnic tables, outhouses, or bear bins. Your guide will give you the instruction on how to enjoy your time in the backcountry, while also being responsible backcountry users.

Must have a minimum of 4 participants to run the experience. Maximum group size is 8 participants per guide.

Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the trip.

Guests under 18 years of age, must have parental consent to attend the event and must be accompanied by a parent or adult who has been given written parental consent. Minimum age to participant is 15 years of age.

Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the hiking portion of the trip. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence prior to the experience. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.

Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy: We will cancel and try to reschedule or give a refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, below -25°C with wind chill, heavy snowfall warnings for the duration of our trip, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a refund for any reason for this trip. Participants can transfer to another backpacking trip up to 2 weeks before the start date of this trip. Transfers will not be accepted within 2 weeks of the trip start date. Due to the high cost to operate this trip, logistics and arranging high quality guides, and out of respect for all participants who are arranging to attend this course, we do not allow cancellations for this trip. At any time, you can gift the trip to someone else if you cannot attend, or you can purchase cancellation insurance through a third party.

Below is an option to purchase cancellation or interruption insurance through an organization who offers insurance for adventures and trips. Uplift Adventures is not affiliated in any way with this organization. You can also check your credit card company as some will have cancellation insurance.

Tours can be offered to private groups with a minimum of four people between July and September. Please contact us for a private booking.

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"The Intro to Backpacking Course was incredible – I was terrified to camp in the backcountry, but [the guide] taught me all of the basics and it was so fun!!! We laughed so much and I learned a ton. I felt such a sense of accomplishment after that trip and it really prepared me to continue to camp in the backcountry."

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