Beginner Backpacking Trips

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

September 29th-30th

Have you ever wanted to try backpacking? Or you have a couple trips under your belt and want to learn more skills?

HBF Outdoors, LLC. is now offering a beginners backpacking weekend. You’ll learn what and how to pack to be prepared as well as enjoy your trip. The proper fit for a backpack. Meals to carry. Needed gear versus what’s not needed. Water filtration and purification. And how to make fire using basic fire-making tools. All while enjoying a weekend connecting with new friends and exploring a beautiful Pennsylvania trail.

We will be backpacking an eight-mile section of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail starting at the Rt. 30 parking area and hiking south to the Turnpike Shelters. We’ll return to the Rt. 30 parking area the next day.

We will cover the following: setting up camp, meal prep, and cooking, fire, water purification, Leave No Trace, proper backpack fit, what gear is needed versus what is NOT needed, how to pack, how to handle unexpected emergencies and more.

Two weeks prior to the trip we’ll meet to go over gear, logistics, and any questions. This is not mandatory but recommended and a great way to meet who you’ll be backpacking with as well as the HBF Outdoors, LLC. team.

We’ll also cover suggested food and trail snacks to carry, how to pack your food, and how to store it at night for safe keeping.

COST PER PERSON: $80.00 – includes trail permit fees, Saturday night dinner, wilderness instruction and pre-trip class.


Space is limited to the first 4 people to register.

At a minimum you will need;
Backpack large enough to carry all your gear for one night. (We recommend the Teton Sports Escape 4300) Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding backpack sizes, fit and brands
Tent, Hammock, Tarp, or some kind of shelter
Sleeping bag, a headlamp or flashlight

Water purifier, recommend Sawyer Products Mini Works Filter
Refillable water container (Nalgene Bottle)
A bowl/plate and eating utensils
Clothing appropriate for the season. Please dress in layers
Extra socks. Even if you don’t bring multiple changes of clothing. Going to bed with wet socks is not fun!
Small backpacking cook pot
Hiking boots/shoes (preferably ones that have been broken in)
Pillow and sleeping pad aren’t required, but a sleeping pad is highly recommended
Toiletries and any personal items


A 25% deposit is required at the time of your reservation. If we have to cancel (for reasons of safety, unsafe weather, etc.), we will refund your deposit in full. If you cancel less than 72 hours from your scheduled departure date, you would forfeit the deposit.

We do not provide transportation.

All HBF Outdoors, LLC. events and trips are for 18+ years of age. Each participant must fill out and sign a liability and medical waiver before taking part in any HBF Outdoors, LLC, event or trip.