If you’re looking for an opportunity to tap into the empowered, adventurous, BADASS person you THOUGHT booze would help you find, look no further than Backpacking 101.

Created and led by Your Sober Pal Laura, this NEW immersive 3-day, 2-night course will help you learn new technical, physical, and mental skills to help you feel like a badass in the backcountry and empowered in your booze-free life!

You’ll learn how to adventure overnight in the backcountry; discover the healing power of nature; connect with other sober, adventurous women; and hopefully leave with an exciting new passion!

What's Included:


Lodging for night 1

Course taught by Your Sober Pal Laura (includes powerpoint slides, quizzes, and skills practice)

Gear for hiking and camping


Fun badges (rewarded based on what you accomplish on the trail)

Access to the private YSP Adventures Facebook community where you can connect with other sober, adventurous baddies

You'll learn how to:

  • Pack a backpack
  • Set up a tent
  • Filter water
  • Build a poop kit
  • Cook in the backcountry
  • Build a fire (if permitted)
  • Poop in the woods like a rockstar
  • Leave no trace basics
  • Embrace discomfort as a magical and essential part of growth
  • Connect more deeply with yourself, others and nature
  • Feel SAFE and CONFIDENT to spend the night in the backcountry


Day One:

2pm: Arrive at cabin, meet & greet, get settled in. BRING OUT THE SNACKS AND MOCKTAILS!

3pm: Gather in living room for the class with Professor Sober Pal! Laura will walk you through her powerpoint presentation, explain the gear, and more!

5pm: Break for dinner!

6pm: Time to practice packing our backpacks, setting up tents, and the poop kit building competition!

7pm: Recovery meeting

Day Two:

6am: Continental breakfast is served

8am: Head to the trailhead

9am: Start hiking

11am: Break for lunch on the trail

3pm: Arrive at camp, set up. Hang out by the lake, snack.

4pm: Gather for class. Learn how to dig a proper poop hole, how to operate a backpacking stove, how to properly store food overnight and more!

5pm: Dinner!

6pm: Recovery meeting

Day 3:

7am: Breakfast

8am: Badge ceremony!

9am: Pack up. Talk about Leave No Trace. Hand out badges!

1pm: Arrive at our cars. Exchange phone numbers. BESTIES FOR LIFE!


How will you keep us safe?

Laura is certified in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and will be certified as a Wilderness First Responder in March. We'll also have a Garmin InReach in case we need to contact emergency services. But don't worry - for Backpacking 101 we don't go too deep into the backcountry!

How strenuous will it be?

It depends on your physical fitness. While this course is designed to be a pleasant experience for beginners, it's important to note that you will be carrying a 30lb pack on a trail for a few hours.

Can anyone come?

For now, the program is only available to sober women. We're pooping in the woods, after all. I might expand to include men down the line, but we'll see!

What should I bring?

We provide most of the backpacking gear, but you'll be responsible for clothing and shoes. You'll get a detailed packing list in advance so you'll be prepared!

Do I need my own backpacking permits?

No! We are in the process of obtaining commercial permits that will allow our groups to spend the night in specific wilderness areas. But we will teach you how to get permits for your own trips!

Backpacking 101 Scholarships

Are you a sober girlie who is eager to learn how to adventure in the backcountry but can't afford to join? I will be awarding one scholarship for each course! I believe in the transformative power of this experience and want to ensure that financial barriers don't stand in the way of your journey.

Submit an Interest Form

If you're interested in participating in Backpacking 101, please click below to submit an interest form! In order to protect the spirit of the group, I ask that all attendees are sober.