Idaho Backpacking Adventure - Female Only

Idaho Backpacking Adventure - Female Only


  • All-female student and instructor group. Student age limited to 14/15 year-olds
  • Travel 45-50 miles along alpine ridges, through flower-filled meadows, and in thick forests of aspen and fir
  • See elk, deer, bear, sheep, goat, and fox, among other wildlife that call the mountains home
  • Learn how to cook, map read, and practice Leave No Trace camping techniques
  • Possible non-technical peak ascents
The difference with this course is it's all girls! There are many benefits of learning alongside other girls. Over the years we have seen that girls develop deep and meaningful relationships with both their peers and the instructors, thus allowing them to grow and learn in a very supportive environment. The girls are given all the same leadership opportunities as on other courses and leave the course feeling self-assured, accomplished and stronger.

Independence, responsibility, achievement, and fun. These qualities are the essence of this course. In a word: adventure. Whether you travel in the Wyoming Range, the Palisades, the Beaverheads, the Beartooths, the Lemhis, or the Absarokas, the mountains will be unlike any classroom you've ever experienced with their fresh air and fresh opportunities.

You'll learn skills-backpacking, cooking, camping, and navigation with a map-and you'll also learn things like how to turn challenging situations into opportunities, how to get along with your group, and how to be a leader even when you're following. This isn't a kids version of other NOLS courses.

You'll get the famous NOLS curriculum taught by the same experienced instructors who teach for NOLS worldwide. And, as with every NOLS course, these are entirely field-based experiences where you'll travel the country on foot and sleep under a blanket of stars.


Location NOLS Teton Valley
Tuition $3,500 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $200
Minimum Age 14
Duration 14 Days
Type Adventure - 14 & 15 Only
Start/End Driggs, Idaho
Fly in/out Jackson Hole, Wyoming
High School Credit
  • 0.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
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“The most rewarding thing about this course was being able to learn as much as I did about people skills and leadership as well as the sheer physical accomplishment involved.”

-Lenna F.

Idaho Backpacking Adventure Grad