Lightweight Backpacker
Lightweight Backpacking
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Hiker using Hyperlite Gear
Lightweight Overnight Trekking
Hyperlite gear in use
Lightweight backpacker
Hiking with Lightweight Gear

Lightweight Backpacking w/ Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Overview

Do you yearn for the form, rhythm and renewing qualities of beautiful and wild places, but don’t want to schlep a heavy pack to get there? If so, join Wildland Trekking and Hyperlite Mountain Gear on an educational, lightweight backpacking trip to the Sierras, the Pacific Northwest, or southern Utah’s canyon country.

Course tuition includes guides, permits, food, gear, and transportation to and from trailheads. Your travel, lodging, and personal items (like clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc.) are your responsibility. A premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear backpack, UltaMid 2 Pyramid Tent, and Stuff Sacks are included and are yours to keep after the course (you will order this gear package as part of your registration.)

The chosen routes are moderately strenuous so good physical fitness is required. Other than that the only prerequisites are a good attitude and an open mind.

If you're ready for an unforgettable learning experience and the freedom of the hills, give us a call at 800-715-4453 (HIKE) to reserve your spot.

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2019 Trips



Hyperlite Mountain Gear:

  • 3400 Southwest pack
  • Ultamid tent + accessories
  • Stuff sack pillow
  • 3 technical lightweight stuff sacks
* The gear is yours to keep so you can enjoy lightweight backpacking long into the future! Read more about the gear kit.


Course Rates

1 person: $3415
2 people: $5860
* The 1-person rate includes one complete Hyperlite Mountain Gear kit including backpack, shelter and stuff sacks. The 2-person rate includes two backpacks, 1 shelter and stuff sacks for two people.

Trip Dates

(Please click on a date to request a reservation.)


Trip Details

What's Included

  • Premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear tent + accessories (yours to keep - read more)
  • Premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear backpack (yours to keep - read more)
  • Premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear stuff sack pillow and stuff sacks (yours to keep - read more)
  • Use of sleeping bags and sleeping pads
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Expert instruction in lightweight backpacking, outdoor skills and backcountry ethical practices
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in the town of origin
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Optional guide gratuity
See the Packing Lists 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 outdoors – 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:
  • Premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear tent + accessories (yours to keep - read more)
  • Premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear backpack (yours to keep - read more)
  • Premier Hyperlite Mountain Gear stuff sack pillow and stuff sacks (yours to keep - read more)
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your trip. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. 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 (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and 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

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

EASTERN SIERRA TRIP
You'll meet your hiking guide and group on Day 1 at 4:00 PM the evening before the trip begins at the Mobil Station in Lee Vining, CA. Your instructor will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the meeting and answer any questions you have.

NORTH CASCADES TRIP
You'll meet your hiking guide and group in Seattle at 3:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your instructor will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the meeting and answer any questions you have.

CAPITOL REEF TRIP
You'll meet your hiking guide and group at the Best Western Coral Hills in St. George, UT at 3:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your instructor will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the meeting and answer any questions you have.

GRAND CANYON TRIP
You'll meet your hiking guide and group at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ at 3:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your instructor will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the meeting and answer any questions you have.


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


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional 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.


Instructors

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


Instructor Working Parameters

Field instructors are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on these trips is a maximum of 10 participants and 2 instructors. 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.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join these trips


Hyperlite Mountain Gear Kit

Hyperlite 3400 Southwest Backpack

3400 Southwest Pack

Retail Value: $345

The ultralight 3400 Southwest Pack is ideal for trips that require flexibility. When the extra volume is not in use, the 3400’s top can roll down enough to make the overall size of the pack similar to the 2400 (40L). Read more...

Ultamid2 Tent

UltaMid 2 Pyramid Tent + Accessories

Retail Value: $1064

The UltaMid 2 Pyramid Tent is Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s premier backpacking shelter, and comes equipped with the UltaMid 2 Half Insert, or the UltaMid 2 Insert with DCF11 Floor (for couples), and UltaMid Pole Straps. Read more...

2400/3400 Pod Small and Large

4 Stuff Sacks

Retail Value: $204

Sleep and storage equipment includes a Large Stuff Sack Pillow, Medium Roll-Top Stuff sack, as well as a Small and Large Pod from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. Read more...

Choosing Your Pack Size

Your torso length, not your height, determines your pack size. We recommend the following to determine yours:

  1. Tilt your head slightly forward to locate the bony bump at the base of your neck. (This is your 7th cervical (or C7) vertebra).
  2. Using a flexible tape measure, have someone measure starting at that spot and running down along the curve of your spine.
  3. Place your hands on your hips so you can feel your iliac crest, which serves as the “shelf” of your pelvic girdle. (It’s the first hard thing you feel when you run your fingers down from the sides of your ribcage.) Position your hands so your thumbs are reaching behind you. li>Have your friend finish measuring at the point where the tape crosses an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs. This distance is your torso length.
    • Small (15.0” - 17.0” torso)
    • Medium (17.0” - 19.0” torso)
    • Large (19.0” - 21.0” torso)
    • Tall (21.0”+ torso)
  4. If your measurement falls right in between sizes (for example, if you have a 17.0” torso, so you are right on the line between a Small and a Medium), we suggest you choose the larger torso size.