Essential Camping Skills Class
$49 for REI Members
$59 for non-members
- Group size 10 people
Getting ready to spend the night out in a tent? Join REI'S professional instructors on this one day course to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the wild. Whether backpacking or car camping, having a great day and getting a good night's rest in the outdoors comes down to having the right tent, sleeping system, stove, and gear storage. To learn the fundamentals, we'll hike with all of our gear to a mock campsite where we'll practice setting up camp. Our instructors will show you where to position your kitchen area, food storage, tent site, and bathroom facilities for maximum safety and comfort, all while following the Leave No Trace Principles.You'll learn practical camping skills for use in every situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.
- Learn to identify and build a campsite using the principles of Leave No Trace
- Practice setting up a camp kitchen, tent, and critter-proofing your food storage
- Learn about the gear needed for backpacking and systems for carrying it effectively
What to bring with you
You will receive a reminder email 72 hours before your class. This class is at McKinney Falls State Park, where there is a $6 entry fee.
More directions and information
Enter the park on McKinney Falls Pkwy. At the entrance booth, please pay the day-use fee: $6/person. Continue to follow the park entrance road, and turn right towards the Homestead Trailhead parking lot (also called the Lower Falls Parking Lot). Our instructor will meet you at the Homestead Trailhead. For questions, please email Austin-OS@rei.com or call 512-482-3357, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.