Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class

Description: Getting ready to head into the wilderness for the first time and not sure what you need to know or do to have a successful trip? Hone your skills during this outing while we will discuss the importance of proper planning, equipment selection, and other fundamental backcountry skills. This outing will include ample opportunity for demonstrations, discussion, skills practice and questions during a hike that will cover approximately 3 miles.

Skills you'll learn:

Key elements of pre-trip planning for backcountry travel, Basic concepts of navigation with map & compass and GPS, Proper clothing and equipment selection for the terrain and weather, Emergency preparedness (nutrition - hygiene - shelter - water)

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.

Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class Information

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Date / Time
Meeting Location / Class Notes
4/27/2014 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT

Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class
Mission Trails Visitor Center | More Information and Directions
Group Size: 9
Required Legal Form: General (pdf)

Member: $60.00
Non Member: $80.00

Spots left: 7

Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Hiking Boots
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Water Bottle
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions - Moisture wicking clothing that will help keep you warm and/or dry.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.


  • Energy Snacks
  • Binoculars
  • Gaiters
  • Personal Camera
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder

Gear provided by REI:

  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Group First Aid Kit