Backpacking Trip Packages

Trails are everywhere... but some of the most accessible group-friendly trail trips are in the NE United States, including stretches of the Appalachian Trail in PA and MD.  That's where we're running WILD in 2020 and it's the preferred destination for Summer group trips.  There are other options too... Northern Michigan, for instance.  They just require some added logistics.  Where do you want to go?  We can help.

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Package Details

For Summer 2021, we are offering one Backpacking Package that can be used across a variety of locations -- with room for shipping or delivery costs and any extra logistics you may need.

NOTE: All of the items in italics below are yours to keep after the trip.

Backpacking Package

$37 Per Person/Day
  • 3-Person Tents
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Self-Inflating Sleeping Pads (Full-Length)
  • Cook Pots w/ Cleaning Kit
  • Stoves w/Fuel
  • Bear Rope (Paracord)
  • Tarps (Ripstop - 10' x 12')
  • Medical Kits
  • Water Filters
  • Trail Maps (If running a route we spec)
  • Pilgrimage T-Shirt
  • Wilderness Food Package (+$8 pp/day)
  • Shipping/Delivery is NOT INCLUDED

Permit Costs

Permits vary depending on the trail(s) you choose and which state or federal office governs them.

Some trails with no permit costs:

  • Appalachian Trail
    • (PA/MD)
    • Roan Highlands (TN)
    • Grayson Highlands (VA)
  • Loyalsock Trail (PA)
  • Black Forest Trail (PA)
  • West Rim Trail (PA)
  • Mid State Trail (PA)
  • Foothills Trail (NC/SC)

Some trails that require permits:

  • Assateague Island (MD)
  • Pictured Rocks Natnl Lakeshore (MI)
  • Porcupine Mountains (MI)
  • C&O Trail: Harpers Ferry to Big Slackwater (WV)

FAQ (Other Details)

When backpacking a trail that is not directly governed by a US or State forest service, park, etc..., there generally are not group size rules.  But every trail and situation is different. 

Most of the time, group size comes into play in two layers:

  1. A trail moves through one or more parks or depends on public/private campgrounds for overnight stays.  A park and/or planned overnights at campgrounds may introduce group size or campsite limitations.  Sorting this out is part of the planning process.
  2. You have some learning or engagement goals that will depend on small group subsets of your full group traveling on their own, staggering the route, etc...

We can help you plan group sizes and routes.

This is an extra logistic that MAY add some extra cost.  It depends on the trip location, the route, and what resources we can access in that area.

Some trails work for loop trips where you start and end at the same place.  Some are Point A to Point B, which require either spotting the group (at the beginning or end) or a driver to move the group's vehicle(s) from Point A to Point B while you're on the trail.

We'll help you find and stage solutions to make your trip work.

We're working on several trip concepts in the NE and Midwest US for 2021.  The Wilderness Institute will run on a trip template we've used several times over the years on the Appalachian Trail in PA/MD... we have the logistics squared away for that option.

Most trails do not have "facilities," so hikers must learn to practice good hygiene and adhere to leave no trace disciplines while in the woods.  The backpacking package includes spades to dig and then cover a "cat hole" to properly bury the, um, result.

Depending on your trail and route, there may be campgrounds along the way that have modern facilities.

Yes.  Always.  Natural spring water, rivers, creeks, etc. -- the water sources on most backpacking trips -- have plenty of microscopic things that will ruin your week if not properly filtered.  The backpacking package includes enough water filters for your group size so you can source clean water along the way.