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Backcountry Essentials

level Adult
style Backpacking
challenge Moderate
age 14 and up


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Head into the backountry and be prepared!

This class offers an introduction to the essentials skills you should know before venturing into the backcountry. We cover gear selection based on terrain and weather, navigation skills using a map and compass and how to avoid an emergency by properly planning your trip. This class is taught in an outdoor setting with some hiking involved.

Whether you are going on a day hike or a backcountry ski tour this class will help you be prepared for your adventure.

 After this class you can expect to walk away with knowledge of:

  • Navigating in the backcountry
  • Route finding
  • Understanding proper gear and clothing selection
  • Proper nutrition for your adventure
  • Space is limited so reserve a spot on this course!


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    check Learn the essential skills needed for your backcountry adventure
    checksmall group setting allows for a great interactive learning experience
    checkNo experience necessary



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    What to expect

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    Moderate hiking
    Interactive learning 
    Feel comfortable reading a topographic map
    Spectacular views
    The meeting of like minded outdoors people, just like you!

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    First aid kit


    You bring

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    Solid walking shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces
    A small daypack for your things
    Plenty of water for 6 hours of activity (we recommend 1-2 liters)
    A snack as you see fit
    Proper clothing for the predicted weather 
    Sun Protection

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