Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class

9:00 AM  –  3:00 PM

Island Lake Recreation Area

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  • Fitness level  2: Easy Active
  • Skill level  1: Beginner
  • Minimum age: 10
  • Group size: 12

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.

  • 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)

Island Lake Recreation Area

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A recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into Island Lake Recreation Area. If you are a Michigan resident and don't already have the recreation passport on your vehicle registration, you may purchase an annual pass for $16 (which includes a $5 convenience fee) at the park. If you are not a Michigan resident, you may purchase a non-resident day pass for $9 at the park.