Introduction to Backcountry Skills Class

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$99 for REI Members

$119 for non-members

Limited spots left


  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Minimum age 10
  • Group size 6 people

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)

What to bring with you

Map image of Crystal Cove State Park - Lower Moro Lot

More directions and information

There are two parking areas, proceed to the right Lower Moro Day Use Area. Make a left at the bottom of the Lower Moro ramp and proceed to the end of the parking area. REI Outdoor School will meet in the parking area at the end - $15 Day Use fee.