The course is addressed towards people with little or no experience in backpacking but who want to explore backcountry trails and get away from the crowds. Topics are:
• Equipment (clothing, tents, sleeping bags and pads, backpacks, boots, stoves)
• Safe wilderness travel
• Trip planning
• Basic navigation skills
• Backcountry food and cuisine
• How to operate a stove
• How to treat water
• Common problems in the backcountry and how to avoid them
• Wilderness ethics and low impact camping
The course consists of:
• A full-day indoor session on Saturday, March 16, 2013, including a series of short lectures, discussions, slide and equipment show. The event will be hosted from 9:00 – 5:00 at the Naturebridge Conference Center (Golden Gate National Recreation Area).
• An overnight field trip at a weekend (Sat/Sun) in April/May in small groups lead by experienced instructors. There are 4 dates to choose from.
During the overnight trip you will have the opportunity to try out your gear, learn how to set up a tent and operate a backpack stove, practice basic navigation skills and, most important, experience what it feels to hike with a heavy pack on your back. Participation in the overnight backpack trip requires attendance at the indoor session. No exceptions.