Southwest Lightweight Backpacking

Credit: Jared Steinman

Southwest Lightweight Backpacking

Leave your hiking boots and water bottles at home; trail shoes and hydration bladders are all the rage these days. We are proud to offer this cutting-edge course in the deserts of the Southwest. Your adventure starts in the equipment room as NOLS instructors inspect and weigh your lightweight gear and pull together a specialized ration for your expedition, helping you shave ounces for the lightest possible load without compromising functionality. Then, for the next two weeks, you'll explore the Gila Wilderness, one of the Southwest's most remote ranges, in a way you may never have thought possible: with only a 22-28 pound pack. The only thing we won't go light with on this course is our core curriculum. You'll still master the leadership and outdoor living skills that NOLS is built upon while learning the specific skills of lightweight backpacking. Expect to leave this course with the skills and background necessary to plan and execute your own future lightweight adventures.



2018 Dates

Sept. 22 – Oct. 5, 2018

Tuition: $3,725


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
14 days
Minimum Age
18 yrs.
Academic Credit
2 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum

0.50 High School Credits

  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Tucson, Arizona
Fly in/out
Tucson, Arizona
Skills learned

Lightweight Backpacking