Winter Backpack Training San Jacinto - Guides only

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Winter Backpack Training San Jacinto - Guides only


For guides only.

Friday, January 25 - Sunday, January 27

We will be traveling to the beautiful San Jacinto Wilderness to learn about backpacking trips as well as additional elements that come with ice and snow. This may includes snow safety, snow shelter, ascending with ice axes and crampons, glissading, and intro into mountaineering. Basically this is backpack training on steroids!!!

We need to leave as early as possible on friday to catch the Tram and hike to camp.  We will have a pre-trip meeting prior to this trip.  Once you've signed up, look for a meeting request.  Its going to be FUN!

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On this ODL Guide Training trip, we'll be headed out to San Jacinto, for a full weekend of backpacking. We will be learning all of the skills that you need in order to lead a successful backpacking trip with the ODL program. This will include survival skills such as map and compass, building a shelter, and outdoor cooking, as well as necessary skills to enhance your outdoor leadership abilities. This will be an awesome time of adventure and bonding with fellow outdoor lovers. Join us for a weekend of fun, food, bonding, and honing in some of your outdoors skills!

About the Trip & Itinerary

Week of trip: We will have a pretrip meeting where we can meet one another, go over trip details, and get packs and gear.

Friday(Day 1):  Meet at the arc at 6 Pm. We will drive out to Idyllwild and spend the night under the stars.

Saturday (Day 2): We will wake up and begin our beautiful hike. Once we get to camp  we will work on backpack skills, enjoy some group fun and bonding, and another spectacular night under the stars.

Sunday (Day 3): Hike out, drive, get back to campus around 5 pm.


Price >> FREE...we love our guides!


Be prepared to hike several miles with a backpack in the snow. This will be a moderate hike with the focus being on time to master skills rather then racking up the miles. This trip is perfect for both beginning and experienced backpackers.

Fitness rating:  4 out of 5 difficulty

Safety & Risk Management

Wear shoes that you are comfortable walking in for all three days (this will probably be hiking boots, or some other shoe like that). Be prepared with warm layers for night time and plenty of sun protection for the day.

Click HERE for Equipment & Packing List