Stay Safe in the Backcountry

Your guide to increased safety and confidence in the backcountry

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Welcome Courageous Adventurer!

Prepare to pursue your adventure goals with more confidence and an expanded skill set.

Imagine how it would feel to embark on your next adventure with a complete backcountry preparation plan, knowing that you've thoroughly evaluated and prepared for the risks unique to your chosen route.

If you long to wander in wild places, but are held back by fears of the unknown and a sense of lack of preparedness, the Backpacker Academy Backcountry Safety Course is for you.

The Backcountry Safety Course covers the potential factors that may impact your safety in the backcountry and ways to mitigate those risks.

You'll learn how to respond to incidents when they occur and the final lesson will provide a framework for you to create your own personalized backcountry preparation plan.

Risks covered in this course are:


Navigation (getting lost) and Lack of Route Knowledge

Physical Preparedness and Injury

Human Interaction

Animal Interaction

Water and Snow

Solo Hiking and Miscellaneous Risk Factors


In this self-paced, 100% online course, you can expect to...

  • learn to critically evaluate and think through scenarios
  • be guided through a step by step process to create a backcountry preparation plan for your chosen route
  • be armed with the knowledge of how to assess and mitigate backcountry risks
  • implement insights through worksheets and sample scenarios
  • embark on your next adventure with more confidence

Here's a look at what's included in the course...

Upon enrollment, you’ll have immediate access to all the course materials.

All lessons include…


Downloadable PDF Worksheets & Scenarios to help you implement the material

Access to All Future Updates

(meaning enroll now and you’ll be grandfathered in to future content updates whereas new students will pay increased tuition)

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Your Instructor

Heather Anderson
Heather Anderson

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Heather Anderson—known as Anish on trails—is the only woman who has completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each three times. This includes her historic Calendar Year Triple Crown hike in 2018 when she hiked all three of those trails in one March-November season, making her the first female to do so. She also holds the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013), as well as the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015), and the Arizona Trail (2016). You can read more on her website

She has hiked over 40,000 miles since 2003 including 15 thru-hikes. She is also an avid mountaineer and peakbagger working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad. As a professional speaker, Heather speaks regularly about her adventures and the lessons learned on trail. She is the author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home (chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record) and Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail (2021) about her 2015 AT record.


Who can benefit from the course?

(it’s not just for aspiring thru hikers!)


*day hikers

*section hikers


*active outdoor enthusiasts

Not sure if it’s right for you? Send questions to [email protected]!


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

This course is for the courageous adventurer who...

  • wants to be trail ready when friends invite them on an outdoor adventure
  • is ready to embark on their next adventure with more confidence
  • desires the knowledge of how to properly assess and mitigate risks unique to their chosen backcountry route

Are you ready to take the next step?

Get started now!

When you purchase and enroll in Adventure Ready, you agree to our Terms of Use. Please review the document here. There are no refunds for this course. Please be certain before you purchase!

Questions? Concerns?

I completely understand! Investing in yourself and your dreams can feel scary.

Feel free to email me directly at [email protected] or use the chat app on this page :)