Cornell Tree Climbing Institute

Backpacking Courses

Backpacking has flourished in popularity in the past few years. It provides inexpensive access to refreshing scenery and rewarding travels. Our backpacking courses range from overnight trips to month-long expeditions, each designed to help you gain the skills to embark on similar journeys of your own. Topics covered in all of these courses include: equipment selection and care, dressing for the outdoors, trip planning, map and compass use, creative tarp use, first aid, backcountry safety, meal planning, outdoor cooking, natural history, minimum-impact camping, and travel techniques.

AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2014 :

Adirondack Canoe Camping Section 1
Start Date - Sat Sep 27
Experience the Adirondacks at their finest during Fall Break. Encounter first hand what makes this place so spectacular: magnificent mountain landscapes scattered with changing fall colors, numerous lakes and waterways to paddle, starry skies to camp out under and the call of loons as they echo across the lakes. Your instructors will teach you the skills you will need to have an enjoyable canoe camping experience including paddling technique, portaging (carrying boats & gear between lakes), navigation, backcountry cooking, and various other canoe camping skills.

Adirondack Canoe Camping Section 2
Start Date - Sun Sep 28
Experience the Adirondacks at their finest during Fall Break. Encounter first hand what makes this place so spectacular: magnificent mountain landscapes scattered with changing fall colors, numerous lakes and waterways to paddle, starry skies to camp out under and the call of loons as they echo across the lakes. Your instructors will teach you the skills you will need to have an enjoyable canoe camping experience including paddling technique, portaging (carrying boats & gear between lakes), navigation, backcountry cooking, and various other canoe camping skills.

Backcountry Cooking
Start Date - Wed Sep 17
Ever wanted to learn how to make true gourmet food in the field? This class will introduce students to gourmet skills that can be used in the backcountry including dutch ovens and twiggy fires.

Backcountry Photography - Fall Break
Start Date - Sun Sep 28
This class combines photography skills, appreciation for nature, and a weekend backpacking class. Enjoy the beautiful sights in and around the Fingerlakes as you and your fellow students learn about some basic nature photography techniques, such as the rule of thirds, and how to maximize your use of exposure to get the shots you want. No prior experience is necessary, but you will need a camera. Fall semester class will spend fall break in the Adirondacks catching the colors as we transition from summer to fall.

Backpacking in the Finger Lakes - Section 1
Start Date - Sat Sep 6
Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Backpacking in the Finger Lakes - Section 2
Start Date - Sun Sep 7
Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Backpacking in the Finger Lakes - Section 3
Start Date - Sat Sep 20
Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Fall Break Backpacking Trip
Start Date - Sat Sep 27
Enjoy your Fall Break in the beautiful natural surroundings of Ithaca. No prior experience is necessary. Students will learn some basic Backpacking skills as they spend Fall Break in the beautiful natural areas in and around Ithaca.

Outdoor Adventure
Start Date - Fri Sep 5
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Classes will spend a day canoeing, a day rockclimbing, a day hiking trip, and then tops it all off overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Wilderness Survival Skills
Start Date - Sun Sep 14
Learn what you can do, should you become lost or stranded in the backcountry. This course covers general backcountry safety, and wilderness survival skills.

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AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2014 :

Adventures in Sustainability
Start Date - Sun Apr 13
Ever wonder how you could improve your impact on the environment? Adventures in Sustainability will teach you how to decrease your impact on the great outdoors.

Backcountry Cooking
Start Date - Sat Apr 12
Ever wanted to learn how to make true gourmet food in the field? This class will introduce students to gourmet skills that can be used in the backcountry including dutch ovens and twiggy fires.

Backcountry Photography
Start Date - Sun Apr 13
This class combines photography skills, appreciation for nature, and a weekend backpacking class. Enjoy the beautiful sights in and around the Fingerlakes as you and your fellow students learn about some basic nature photography techniques, such as the rule of thirds, and how to maximize your use of exposure to get the shots you want. No prior experience is necessary, but you will need a camera. Fall semester class will spend fall break in the Adirondacks catching the colors as we transition from summer to fall.

Backpacking in the Fingerlakes Section 1
Start Date - Sat Mar 8
Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Backpacking in the Fingerlakes Section 2
Start Date - Sat Apr 12
Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Backpacking in the Fingerlakes Section 3
Start Date - Sun Apr 13
Backpacking in the finger lakes will provide you with a basic introduction to backpacking including such topics as pack selection and fitting, campsite selection, route planning and navigation, as well as giving you an opportunity to get off campus and explore some of the beautiful natural scenery around Ithaca.

Intro. to Winter Camping
Start Date - Sat Feb 22
Learn the essentials of traveling and camping in the winter. Build a snow shelter, travel on snowshoes, melt snow for water, and learn to sleep toasty warm. Winter camping opens up whole new horizons for exploration, without the bugs, crowds or mud.

Outdoor Adventure
Start Date - Fri Apr 11
Having trouble deciding what outdoor class to try? Outdoor Adventure does a little of it all! Classes will spend a day canoeing, a day rockclimbing, a day hiking trip, and then tops it all off overnight backpacking trip. No experience is necessary.

Outdoor Birding Basics
Start Date - Tue Mar 25
Outdoor Birding basics is an introductory birding class offered by COE and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. No experience is necessarry, come enjoy the spring migration of birds that pass through central NY.

Wilderness Survival Skills
Start Date - Sat Apr 12
Learn what you can do, should you become lost or stranded in the backcountry. This course covers general backcountry safety, and wilderness survival skills.

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