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314-303-1254

Jeff@envisionoutdoors.com

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470 Clay Pitts Rd.

East Northport, NY 11731


Jeff@envisionoutdoors.com

314-303-1254

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Backpacking & Wilderness Skills

This course is designed for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts who have little or no overnight camping experience in a mountain or wilderness environment.  By the end of this course, students will have acquired the base skills to plan and carry out an enjoyable multi-day backpacking trip using established trails and campsites, and will have a foundation upon which to build more advanced wilderness and mountaineering skills.


Skills covered in this course will include:


- Equipment selection and packing.  The 10 essentials!

- Basic fundamentals of land navigation, map, and compass.

- Meal planning and open air cooking.

- We discuss principles of nutrition for backpacking and wilderness trips.

- Water treatment and approaches to hydration.

- We discuss the pros and cons of iodine, chlorine compounds, filters, and boiling. We also address how to balance adequate hydration with optimum pack weight.

- Selection and safe operation of backpacking stoves.

- We teach the use of both liquid-fuel and canister-fuel stoves, discussing their pros and cons.

- Basic knots and hitches for securing tents and food bags.

- Food storage and caching strategies.

- Leave No Trace principles.

- Construction of a comfortable, low-impact campsite.

- How to go to the bathroom in the outdoors and many, many other backcountry skills.


*All necessary gear for demonstrations/instruction will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own for inspection, use and instruction.


This course runs as a public, group outing, but may also be taught as a private program for you, your family, or a group of friends, with custom dates and length appropriate to your needs. Call us with any questions at 314-303-1254 or email via our CONTACT page.