Wilderness Basics


This course introduces people to camping and backpacking in the wilderness. Eleven evenings of lectures on a variety of essential topics that include weather, wilderness ethics, food, first aid, and a range of equipment do's and don'ts to ensure not only survival, but comfort while backpacking. After lectures on desert and mountain travel, students accompany leaders on four weekend outings into the mountains, the desert, and even the snow. Ability to walk with a backpack on uneven trails is important for the outings. Upon completing this class, students feel safe and confident outdoors, are able to survive emergencies, and appreciate and work to preserve our wild heritage. Fees include workbook, textbook, outing maps, and compass.

Additional Information

Additional costs may be incurred for snow camp ($25) and equipment and

clothing needed for the outings. Register on-line.

No class 2/20/2018 or 3/27/2018    11wks

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