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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will know how to pack a backpack for a mountain trip, have basic navigational skills, know how to move through alpine terrain and have your first experience leading your peers. You will also understand “leave no trace” camping and know what to look for when planning, packing and preparing food for a hiking trip.

Course Details

Required Course Materials

Personal items as per COLT Equipment List

Course Duration

5 Days (45 hours)

Homework Hours

1 Hour

Delivery Methods

In-class instruction,
In-field instruction

Teaching Methods

Hands-on training

Methods of Student Evaluation

Ongoing assessment by instructors

Completion Requirements


COLT started my career, life passions and has significantly contributed to how I have been shaped as a person!
Max Fisher, COLT Instructor, NOLS Instructor, Timber Framer