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Learn the Essentials of Hiking & Backpacking. Wilderness Skills starts Jan 21.

Wilderness Skills is designed to prepare you for hiking or backpacking in the forests, mountains, and trails of the Pacific Northwest. This course is also the foundation or first Module for the Alpine Scrambling Course and the Basic Climbing Courses with the Olympia Branch of the Mountaineers.  It consists of 1 evening lecture and 2 Saturday session including outdoor exercises.

Wilderness Skills provides you with information and hands on experience with the top twenty+ topics considered important for safe adventures in the backcountry. The lectures include practical tips and personal experiences to help you get started or to expand your outdoor abilities. They also include interactive presentations and opportunities to learn and practice wilderness skills.  You will also be able to examine an assortment of clothing and equipment as well as enjoy visual presentations of recent trips through Washington’s breathtakingly beautiful backcountry. Student participation and interaction are encouraged.

Cost: $50 per person or $90 for a family of four. Mountaineer members with a current membership are $25 per person or $60 for a family of four.

To register click here.

Course Co-Chairs: Jim French & Chris Sullivan

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  • Bob K.

    62 students signed up for the course, including whole families aiming for summer hiking adventures, and many others looking to satisfy the prerequsites for the Climbing and Scrambling courses.

    February 16, 2014

  • Bob K.

    We had 55 students learn the essentials of hiking, and another 7 that "challenged" through! Hikes, Scrambles and Climbs are next!

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Learn how much of a novice I really am.

    January 21, 2014

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