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Leave No Trace (LNT) Backpacking Skills

Date: 5:00pm PDT September 19 - 12:00pm September 20 Location: Sequoia Building

  • Person giving a thumbs up while backpacking.

Sequoia Building

Leave No Trace (LNT) promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation while minimizing human impact to the backcountry. It’s really more of a set of ethics than a set of rules. We hope you’ll join us!

On this fun overnight backpacking trip, the College Outdoors student instructors will assist the course participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT) and all the ways you can employ these low impact strategies outdoors. Some LNT techniques are really amazing; you’ll wonder why you never thought of them on your earlier trips!

All equipment is provided at no extra cost, if you need it: single person tent, sleeping bag, stove, backpack, hiking boots, etc. 

On Saturday afternoon you’ll grab your “to go” dinner from Bon Appetit and meet at the Sequoia Yard of the College Outdoors warehouse to start our trip. We’ll leave from campus and backpack to a nearby forested location where we’ll teach you all the Leave No Trace skills you’ll need for other adventures. We’ll be back on campus in time for brunch the next day.

Participants’ names will be forwarded to Leave No Trace, and you will be registered trainers after this course! This is great to put on resumes for outdoor jobs, will help prepare you for leading CO trips, and allows you to lead community awareness workshops.

No Experience Necessary! If you have never been camping or backpacking before, this is a great place to start. And if you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast, this is a chance to learn more about important LNT principles and how to put them into practice.

Covid-19 Mitigation:

  • Consider signing up with your “pod” mates
  • Masks and 6ft distancing required
  • Groups capped at 10 people (including leaders)


Meeting Place:
Sequoia building yard on south campus (details sent once you sign up on the College Outdoors website).

Cost: $20 (ASLC provides immediate financial aid to decrease the cost of these trips, for anyone with Federal financial need).

Need Accommodations?
Please email outdoors@lclark.edu. This trip involves hiking up to 3 miles per day on uneven trails, carrying 40-50lbs in backpacks. You’ll sleep outdoors in single-person tents on foam pads.

Registration for this event is now closed.