WSU’s Outdoor Program hosts Summer Summit Backpacking Series

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University students and community members are invited to participate in the Summer Summit backpacking series. WSU’s outdoor program is hosting two different trips, May 21-22 and July 29-31.

“Backpacking affords you the opportunity to get off the beaten path, find your own place and live comfortably wherever you want,” said Jamie Berstein, WSU Outdoor Programs assistant coordinator. “Having that skill set allows you to sleep further away from the generators and noise found in many popular campgrounds."

The May trip, which will be at a local destination, will introduce participants to the basics of backpacking such as equipment setup, proper clothing, pumping or treating drinking water, and other camp chores.

“You can't just turn on the faucet,” Bernstein said, “You have to purify water before drinking it by filtering it or treating it with chemicals. Life, while it moves more slowly in some aspects, tends to be a little bit busier in other aspects when you're in the mountains, doing all of the things that you need to do to take care of yourself.”

The July trip to King’s Peak in the Uinta Mountains with an elevation of 13528 feet is for hikers who are more advanced.  Participants already should be familiar with the basics of backpacking and be ready to hike while carrying a pack with supplies for at least 12 miles.

“The goal of our trips is to teach people the basics skills so they can go out and practice them on their own,” Bernstein said. “It's a great place to come and learn. It's a great place to come and meet other people who have similar interests who might want to get out with you in the future. It's also a good way to see a new area that you might not have seen before.”

The cost for the May trip is $40 for WSU students/faculty/staff and $60 for the general public.  The prices for the July trip are $75 and $95. These prices include food, transportation, guides and group equipment. 

Registration and information are available at or 801-626-6373.  For more information about the WSU Outdoor program, please visit or email

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Jamie Berstein, assistant coordinator, WSU Outdoor Programs
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