Backcountry Skill Courses

Year round Backcountry Skill Courses offer participants the opportunity to learn and practice their outdoor skills under the mentorship of experienced TRTA Instructors. Don't miss Backpacking 101, Snow Camping 101 and our annual Spring Speaker Series events. For questions regarding these trainings, please call (775) 298-4485 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Carson Pass to Showers Lake
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Description: This two-day/one-night introductory backpacking course is designed for novice backcountry enthusiasts. Join us and learn the essential skills and techniques to keep you safe and comfortable while enjoying the freedom, quiet and freshness that only backpacking in the Sierra can afford. After a classroom introduction to backpacking, we will begin the 5 mile hike from Carson Pass trailhead, following a scenic journey through wildflower covered meadows. Participants will enjoy the evening at picture perfect Showers Lake, where you will learn hands-on backpacking techniques and enjoy a good night's rest next to an alpine lake. 
Event date 06/13/2015 08:00 am
Event End Date 06/14/2015 01:00 pm
Cut off date 06/01/2015 12:00 am
Capacity 10
Registered 4
Individual Price $75.00
This 3-day program offers teens (ages 14-17) the next level of wilderness experience. While backpacking through the Lake Tahoe Backcountry, participants will learn survival, teambuilding, and leadership skills including: navigation, backpacking safety, outdoor skills, and Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. Scholarships available.



Event date 07/12/2015 09:00 am
Event End Date 07/14/2015 04:00 pm
Cut off date 06/17/2015 12:00 am
Capacity 12
Registered 0
Individual Price $295.00
Get in tune with your senses and come explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens (ages 12-14) to the wild inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen. Join TRTA, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, and the City of South Lake Tahoe as we base camp in the Tahoe Backcountry. Participants will learn about Wilderness Survival, local ecology, team building, and leadership! Scholarships available.
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Event date 08/01/2015 09:00 am
Event End Date 08/03/2015 04:00 pm
Cut off date 06/17/2015 12:00 am
Capacity 12
Registered 2
Individual Price $295.00