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Tetons Hiking Vacation

July 28-31 Alaska Basin

Highlights

  •   Stunning views of the Tetons
  •   Wild, stunningly scenic west Tetons
  •   Glaciers, soaring peaks, & wildlife
  •   Basecamp for 3 nights
  •   Spectacular alpine day hikes
  •   Fantastic backcountry cuisine


Description

This justifiably popular trip takes us into a breathtaking basin below the towering peaks of the Tetons. With spectacular views surrounding us much of the time, we follow Teton Creek up a glacial-carved valley with fascinating geological formations to a breathtaking alpine camp. From our camp we day hike for the next two days, exploring the stunning west side of the American West's most famous mountain range. We'll keep an eye out for classic Wyoming wildlife like elk, deer, moose, wolves, coyotes, marmots and bears. On our final day we break camp and descend back out of the mountains. This trip is an amazing way to explore and experience Wyomings amazing Teton mountains and learn to backpack!

This trip is officially operated by Wildland Llamas, a permitted outfitter in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
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Jackson, WY
4 days
25+mi / 40+km
$1150 Per Person

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BACKPACKER Intro to Backpacking Courses

About Intro to Backpacking Courses
BACKPACKER Courses

Wildland Trekking and BACKPACKER Magazine have teamed up to offer these exceptional 4-day courses that introduce future backpackers to the art of wilderness travel! These trips are all-inclusive, which means gear, meals, instructors, transportation, permits...etc. are provided. Follow the packing list you receive during registration for information on clothing and personal items, and then let us take care of the rest! Learning to backpack from experts vastly increases safety and enjoyment while decreasing the learning curve. And who better to do it with than America's premier backpacking magazine and backpacking guide company working together!

What You Will Learn
BACKPACKER Adventures

This course covers the fundamentals of backpacking which includes gear packing, gear management, route planning, map reading, menu planning, cooking, bear safety, Leave No Trace practices, river crossings, heat management, cold management, basic 1st aid and more! You won't know everything there is to know, as your development as a backpacker will continue indefinitely, but the goal is for you to be ready to backpack on your own after this course and begin that journey!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 90+ minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 6-8 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet

We'll start our second day with a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a feast of a breakfast. We’ll then conduct a few classes, and take the afternoon to day hike and explore these amazing mountains!

Our hike will take us up to the Death Canyon Shelf, which is a spectacular terrace that runs 2.5 miles in length above the cliffs of Death Canyon.

Back at camp we may conduct another class or two, and then gather for an exceptional backcountry dinner!

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1800 feet

Today is for many guests the highlight of this trip! We'll have a quick breakfast to facilitate an early start, get a class or two in, and then begin our hike to the absolutely stunning and unforgettable Hurricane Pass. Our hike is relatively arduous, with an elevation gain and loss of nearly 2,000 feet, and topping out at over 10,000 feet. Breathtaking, expansive views (and photography opportunities!) of the Grand Tetons await at the high perch of Hurricane Pass. The pass also offers incredible views down into multiple basins surrounded by an out-of-this-world landscape of recently deposited moraine, snow fields, alpine lakes and glaciers. We'll take our time to savor the views and the experience of being in this richly rewarding place. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch and eventually return to camp.

We'll celebrate our last night in the wilderness with a hearty feast and another cozy campfire before turning in for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 2200 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 90+ minutes

We’ll wake up, enjoy a hot breakfast and tea/coffee before breaking camp and beginning our careful descent down Teton Canyon. Although we're going down the route we ascended on Day 1, the views are amazingly different since we're looking back toward the lower valleys instead of up at the high peaks. We'll keep our eyes out for wildlife as we descend, and eventually arrive back at the trailhead. We'll shuttle back to Jackson for a much deserved beds and showers, and say our fond farewells at the conclusion of this extraordinary trip.




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Wyoming backpacking guide
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming to the trailhead and back
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!


What's Not Included

See the Packing List page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group at predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size

The standard ratio of guests to guides on this trip is 6 guest and 1 guide, or up to 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


Weather in Northern Wyoming

Being a Northern mountain environment, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Wyoming's mountains. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you're likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures around Yellowstone:
 
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
 
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
47°
 
August
78°
45°
 
September
68°
37°

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