Hiking and Back Country Skills Overnight - TriState

Description: Join REI as we take you through a weekend of instruction covering skills you would need for camping and hiking in the back country. DAY 1 topics will include setting up a campsite, Leave No Trace principles, proper camp kitchen technique including food storage and wildlife safety. Emergency shelters will also be covered You'll spend the night at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in cabins with dinner, breakfast and lunch provided. Evening workshops may include basic navigation and/or first aid. On DAY 2 we'll cover the ten essentials of hiking, practice navigation and review our new skills as we hike to Break Neck Ridge to end the day with a stunning view of the Hudson Valley. Whether you are doing a few day trips or a planning a complete thru-hike this class will prepare you for your next adventure.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Students will learn the 10+ essential systems and how to pack and carry their bag
  • Students will learn how to pick and set up a campsite that is comfortable and safe
  • Students will acquire skills to set up a camp kitchen and maintain sanitation in the field
  • Students will learn to treat water and other safety skills
  • Students will learn the principles of Leave No Trace

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Gear List

Hiking and Back Country Skills Overnight - TriState Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Hiking Socks - Mositure wicking socks to help keep your feet cool and dry.
  • Water Bottle
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions - Moisture wicking clothing that will help keep you warm and/or dry.
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Energy Snacks


  • Personal Camera
  • Gaiters
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Topographical Maps - Local course area maps.
  • Compass
  • Cookset
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Group First Aid Kit