Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp

Ryan Jordan - Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp

The Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp is a six – nine week online course designed for beginner-to-intermediate backpackers. It covers everything including philosophy, gear, and techniques to give you the confidence to explore wild places with a pack that weighs less than 10 pounds!

The course is being offered by Ryan Jordan – ultralight backpacking guru, CEO of Backpacking Light, fisherman, photographer, and scout leader. Put simply, Ryan has forgotten more about light weight backpacking than most “experts” on the topic will ever know! With a slogan like “Explore your wild side, without having to drink your pee!” you know it’s going to be something worth being part of.

In addition to the content developed by Ryan, a handful of individuals have also contributed to the course materials based on their specific areas of expertise. I have contributed a section (Creating a Gear List) and will likely be writing more. If you sign-up for the course, not only will you be receiving world-class instruction from Ryan Jordan, you will be supporting me and my family through Ryan’s affiliate program.

Enrollment is now open for the Summer 2011 Boot Camp – July, August, and September.

What You Will Learn:
Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp is a six-week course where you learn:

  • Fundamental principles and philosophy of ultralight backpacking
  • Ultralight trekking and camping techniques
  • Managing inclement weather with ultralight gear
  • Ultralight trekking case studies
  • Applying ultralight gear and techniques to other activities

Three Levels of Enrollment:

  • Self-Directed (Non-Mentored) – 6 Weeks. $150.
  • Directed (Mentored) – 6 Weeks. $450. Includes email mentoring with Ryan (enrollment is limited).
  • Directed (Mentored) + Expedition Trek – $1,350. A 9 Week Online Course + 5 Day Trek – includes email mentoring with Ryan, live conferencing, and participation in an expedition with Ryan and one or more other instructors (enrollment is very limited) as part of Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking School.

Registration officially opens today but enrollment is limited, so make sure you sign-up now to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

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  • JJ Mathes

    I’m sure a lot of people will register for RJ’s boot camp…but a virtual backpacking course…mmmm no thanks, it’s not for me.

    • JJ, my initial response would be the same as yours. I’m a hands-on learner and would much prefer the experience of being there in person, especially to learn from Ryan and the other instructors.

      But, I personally don’t have the time to do that right now and other people who want to learn more about UL but are unable make it there in person because of time of cost could use this as an opportunity to get some expert course materials to learn from at their own pace.

      It really depends on the individual I think. You of course, are already very well versed in UL backpacking :-)

      We’ll see how it goes.

    • A similar course was offered last year and sold out.  All of the course members for that one opted to do the trek at the end as well.

      • Good point Chris. It’s really up to the individual and what they are looking to get out of these types of courses. I think it’s a great opportunity for anyone trying to learn the basics or perfect their skills. I wanted to make it available via my blog for those that would like to take advantage of it. The spots go fast, so if anyone is interested they had better sign up soon!

  • JJ Mathes

    I’m sure a lot of people will register for RJ’s boot camp…but a virtual backpacking course…mmmm no thanks, it’s not for me.

  • JJ, my initial response would be the same as yours. I’m a hands-on learner and would much prefer the experience of being there in person, especially to learn from Ryan and the other instructors.

    But, I personally don’t have the time to do that right now and other people who want to learn more about UL but are unable make it there in person because of time of cost could use this as an opportunity to get some expert course materials to learn from at their own pace.

    It really depends on the individual I think. You of course, are already very well versed in UL backpacking :-)

    We’ll see how it goes.

  • StephanieJordan

    Those prices and Jordan’s endless desire to suck every penny from our pockets has past the point of it not taking away from his reputation.

  • Tinksstinks

    Jordan is like a king who finds every possible way to tax his people.

  • simplespirit

    A similar course was offered last year and sold out.  All of the course members for that one opted to do the trek at the end as well.

  • Good point Chris. It’s really up to the individual and what they are looking to get out of these types of courses. I think it’s a great opportunity for anyone trying to learn the basics or perfect their skills. I wanted to make it available via my blog for those that would like to take advantage of it. The spots go fast, so if anyone is interested they had better sign up soon!

  • Ah, it’s the ultralight discussion again. This time with a virtual boot camp. Am all for it except that I also think it would be much better if  it weren’t just a virtual one. But I suppose you have a point about people “not having time.” Anyway, Hiking Sedona canyons always meant reviewing and refreshing my ultralight backpacking skills.  

    • Well it’s just one option. There is a full trek that will get participants outside to learn first hand how to use the skills they have learned. I really don’t see this as any different than buying a book at REI on ultralight backpacking, except that it’s a shorter, more up to date curriculum provided by a true  expert in the UL field.

      I’ll agree with what others have said, it’s not for everyone. I personally like to be outdoors and learn hands-on, but for those of us that can’t, this is a superb alternative option for getting excellent learning materials.

  • Well it’s just one option. There is a full trek that will get participants outside to learn first hand how to use the skills they have learned. I really don’t see this as any different than buying a book at REI on ultralight backpacking, except that it’s a shorter, more up to date curriculum provided by a true  expert in the UL field.

    I’ll agree with what others have said, it’s not for everyone. I personally like to be outdoors and learn hands-on, but for those of us that can’t, this is a superb alternative option for getting excellent learning materials.

  • Ah, it’s the ultralight discussion again. This time with a virtual boot camp. Am all for it except that I also think it would be much better if  it weren’t just a virtual one. But I suppose you have a point about people “not having time.” Anyway, Hiking Sedona canyons always meant reviewing and refreshing my ultralight backpacking skills.