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Outdoor Leadership Training - Backpacking Wolf Country

Whether you are a beginner or advanced backpacker, this expedition week has tons to offer.  You will learn how to pack for efficient travel; how to navigate using map, compass, GPS, and with natural orienteering tools; how to work through challenges as a team; how to set up camp; how to cook over open fires and mini stoves; how to stay safe in the wilderness, and much more.

We will be traveling from sagebrush canyonlands, through wilderness pine forests, toward Mt. Rainier.  These ecosystems run along the edge of our closest Wolf Pack territory so we can monitor for pack expansion.

Along the way, you will learn how to track animals, use wild edible and medicinal plants for healthy travel, and travel with guides who know how to survive in the wilderness without modern gear and technology.

Course Goals and Skills:

The primary goal of this session is to prepare participants to be future outdoor leaders.  Much of our time will be spent discussing safety, education, and how to create a successful expedition.  In addition, participants will learn:

• Wilderness Camping, Hiking & Backpacking
Outdoor Leadership & Risk Management
Backcountry & Campfire Cooking
Navigating & Orienteering with and without Map & Compass.
Wolf & Wildlife Tracking
Birding & Bird Language
Wild Edible Foraging
• Ultralight & Survival Shelters
• Natural Water Purification
Herbal & Wilderness Medicine
• Best Ways to Make Fire

Course Itinerary:

Sunday: Travel into the Yakima Canyon near Ellensburg, WA where we will have dinner, get oriented, and start our expedition crossing a suspension foot bridge. Your group will find its first waypoint this evening and set up an efficient camp.
Monday: Pack camp and prepare for the day’s hike. Navigate out of the canyon and travel cross-country to a waypoint on a high ridge. Your group will have the option of following that ridge toward the mountains, using stars to guide you at night, and/or complete your journey the next morning at a location that is one of the best known birding sites in Washington State.
Tuesday: Backpack into the pine forests of the North Cascades wilderness, focusing on wild edible and medicinal plants.
Wednesday: Your group will set the pace as we approach Wolf Pack territory, in order to hike as deep into the wilderness as time will allow before we have to end the week, and in the direction your group decides upon. When at rest, we will do activities such as set up an open-water lifeguarding scenario before learning to rescue river-crossers in trouble. We’ll give you an overview of the latest Wilderness Medicine and CPR protocol in case of near-drowning, lightning strikes, cardiac arrest, and other situations. We will also discuss the ethics of outdoor leadership, including dealing with scenarios which you and your fellow students will have to act out as a consensus decision-making staff to solve. Topics of discussion will include a variety of issues that leaders face in the outdoors, including ethics, health, conflict, isms, and other things that this group finds important. We’ll also go over a guide to effective facilitation skills so that your future meetings will be as short and productive as possible.
Thursday: Leave our packs at our wilderness camp, and hike lightly through wolf country in search of wolves at higher elevations.
Friday: Backpack out, report findings to ranger station, and return to Ellensburg, North Bend, Seattle, and Puyallup with celebratory meals and stories.

Course Instructors:

Kim & Chris Chisholm will be lead instructors with staff assistants.

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Additional notes: $175 of the fee is otherwise non-refundable, but the remainder can be used as a credit for future program if you are unable to attend. No refund/credit is available once you start the trip.

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