Backpacking & Canyoneering

Towering sandstone spires, secluded arches, technical slot canyons, and broad desert vistas make up the incredible wilderness landscapes of our Backpacking & Canyoneering trips and courses. Participants will learn canyoneering skills in a safe and fun environment and explore some of the most fascinating desert topographies in the world.

UTAH & NEVADA MEXICO YUKON TERRITORY
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ARGENTINA PATAGONIA
TANZANIA NEPAL

Utah & Nevada

Backpacking & Canyoneering
(3 – 12 days)
The Utah Desert is one of the more remote areas in the continental United States. Between Canyonlands National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument there exists a landscape of red rock canyons, high mesas, lush river valleys and sandstone bluffs. (more)

Mexico

Copper Canyon Backpacking & Canyoneering
(10 days)
Located in the state of Chihuahua, the Copper Canyon (Barranco de Cobre in Spanish) is one of the most unique canyon systems in the world. Three of the four deepest canyons in North America lie within this spectacular region of rugged canyon walls, beautiful hot spring pools, and amazing vistas. (more)

Yukon Territory

Backpacking & Whitewater Leadership & Guide Training
(International Wilderness Leadership School)

(24 days)

Canada’s Yukon Territory contains some of the wildest rivers and remote backcountry areas on the continent that have lured adventurers for years. From huge, braided glacial drainages to tight gorges and plunging waterfalls, the rivers of the Yukon offer varied features, perfect for learning and polishing skills. (more)

Backpacking Leadership & Guide Training (International Wilderness Leadership School)
(12 and 24 days)
The expansive wilderness of the Yukon captivates backpackers as they hike over high mountain passes overlooking glaciers, safely cross braided river channels, or navigate through alpine tundra filled with wildflowers. Herds of mountain goats and dall sheep, brown bears and black bears, caribou, moose and sometimes wolves are spotted by students. (more)

Pacific Northwest

Backpacking Leadership & Guide Training (International Wilderness Leadership School)
12 and 24 days
The extensive trail system among the mountains, glaciers, and valleys of North Cascades National Park are an excellent classroom for students learning backcountry and leadership skills. You’ll gain confidence through experience as you explore the forests, rivers, and alpine meadows of the area. (more)

Backpacking & Whitewater Leadership & Guide Training
(International Wilderness Leadership School)
(24 days)
The mighty Owyhee flows from its source in northeastern Nevada, winding its way north through Idaho and Oregon before it joins the Snake River. On this IWLS course you’ll receive six days of Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Raft Guide training, then test your newly polished skills on an Owyhee River expedition. (more)

Argentina

Backpacking Leadership & Guide Training (International Wilderness Leadership School)
(12 days)
The mountains and valleys surrounding Mendoza offer world class backpacking routes. This high desert region, complete with fascinating geology, challenging terrain, and incredible views, gives IWLS students a unique… (more)

Patagonia

Backpacking Leadership & Guide Training (International Wilderness Leadership School)
(12, 24 & 80 days)
This course is a wilderness expedition into the spectacular mountain region of Patagonia. It is focused on creating professional outdoor leaders who are safe, efficient, and confident. The course is taught in the shadow of the unique glaciated mountains of Torres del Paine National Park. Students will hike beneath the stunning peaks of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre while developing their leadership skills…(more)

Tanzania

Backpacking Leadership & Guide Training (International Wilderness Leadership School)
(12 and 24 days)
Meet a Masai warrior walking the plains of the Serengeti, trek alongside the glaciers of Kilimanjaro, and learn the basics of Swahili in order to purchase fresh fruit in a market. The course begins with a hiking safari around the Ngorongoro Crater. Next, you’ll climb to the summit of Mt. Meru (14,967ft/4,562m), a spectacular caldera and area that sees few people. (more)

Nepal

Backpacking Leadership & Guide Training (International Wilderness Leadership School)
(12 and 24 days)
The Khumbu region of Nepal is one of the special mountain areas in the world.  While here, we will visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, the Buddhist shrine Bodhnath, the Hindu temple Pashupatinath as well as the historic Durbar Square.  You’ll trek beneath the Himalayan giants of Lhotse and Everest on this awe inspiring leadership course. (more)

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