Students backpacking through a meadow of the Absaroka Mountain Range.
Camera Nan Pugh

Absaroka Backpacking


30 days


16+ yrs



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Make this summer one to remember

Explore a beautiful and rugged mountain range bordering Yellowstone National Park. Backpack through thick forests and high mountain passes formed by ancient volcanoes. Challenge yourself to climb rugged peaks, pausing to enjoy the sweeping views at the summit. Camp beside clear alpine lakes and practice your fly fishing skills. As you travel, keep your eyes out for a diverse array of wildlife: elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and grizzly bears, and more. 

Whether you’re an experienced outdoorsperson or new to backpacking, expect to learn something each day. Start with the basics, like reading a map, pitching a tent, and cooking on a campstove. Later, move on to more advanced topics, like compass use, snow travel, and first aid techniques.

As you build your outdoor skills, you’ll also grow your leadership skills. Practice effective communication and decision-making while working with your team to cross a river. Grow your problem-solving skills while navigating a boulder field or resolving a group conflict. Return with new friends, lasting memories, and confidence to lead in the outdoors and beyond.

Course Dates

3 courses

May 31 - Jun 29, 2021


Jun 14 - Jul 13, 2021


Jul 8 - Aug 6, 2021


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What Our Grads Say

“I made fourteen lifelong friends, learned everything I need to know to be able to take my own backpacking trips, and improved both my work ethic and mental grit, as well as my physical fitness.” 

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