The Young Adult Backpacking Expedition focuses on developing outdoor leadership skills and exploring current conservation issues in Montana, all while backpacking through some of the wildest places in the state.
This 14-day backpacking course for 18-22 year olds is designed to expand upon the same foundational backcountry skills delivered on every MWS expedition: camp craft, cooking, Leave No Trace® land stewardship principles, and group communication and decision-making. In addition to delivering these essential outdoor skills, experienced MWS instructors will hone each student’s leadership abilities, helping them to develop high-level group facilitation skills applicable in wilderness settings and beyond.Students will have real opportunities to practice leading a group and managing risk in a complex wilderness context—evaluating hazards, choosing travel routes, and anticipating group needs. In partnership with this wilderness risk management curriculum, students will engage one another in complex conversations about current land and conservation issues inMontana. MWS staff will guide discussions about various perspectives on some of the most imminent challenges facing wild spaces in our state and the RockyMountain West, giving students a deeper understanding of the work needed to protect them.
Are you interested in working in the outdoor industry? This expedition is particularly appropriate for anyone interested in becoming a professional outdoor educator. We’ll provide mentorship and personal development plans to help you reach your goals and build a foundation for managing groups in wilderness settings. For more information about MWS core curriculum and expedition progression see Expedition Life