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2014 Basic Wilderness Travel Course (BWT)
Registration for the 2014 Basic Wilderness Travel runs from Feb 28 through March 24. Click here for registration.
Basic Wilderness Travel Course: Are you ready to go hiking but aren't sure where to start? This course is a fun way to practice key outdoor travel skills and spend time exploring the mountain trails you've read about in guidebooks. Sponsored by the Seattle Hiking Committee, the Basic Wilderness Travel (BWT) course provides an introduction to topics including backcountry navigation, mountain weather, and conditioning for mountain travel. Our activities and hikes will support and encourage you to develop outdoor skills that will help you enjoy hiking and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest. The course hikes will be organized to go hiking with fellow course students. Click here to view a presentation on the course.
We schedule the hikes from April through August (2-3 hikes each month). The easy and moderate hikes (distance 4-9 miles RT, elevation gain <2400') may challenge you physically, and/or provide the opportunity to summit some of the smaller peaks in our beautiful Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Graduation certificates will be given to students who complete the classroom sessions, required field trips, and go on four club hikes by the end of August 2014.
What to Expect: The course activities include one Saturday class w/potluck lunch, three field trips (one is optional), a student handbook, several gear shakedown hikes and BWT course hikes scheduled from April through August. See the table below for more course activity date details.
How to Enroll: You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for this course. There will be one session of this course held this year, and enrollment is limited to 35 people. Register early to reserve your space and get ready for a great spring/summer of hiking. Registration dates will be available soon. Register online or via telephone (206-521-6001).
Course fee: $85.00. As with all club hikes, participants are expected to pay the carpooling per mile allotment set by the IRS charitable guidelines (14 cents per mile) if they are riding as a passenger to trailheads.
For more info, contact Susan Graham at email@example.com.
Course Outline 2014:
Saturday, March 29th, Class/Workshop. Topics include: Course Orientation, Essential Systems Review, Packs & Boots, Backcountry Ethics/Leave No Trace, Nutrition and Conditioning for hikes, First Aid - 7 steps review, Map and Compass Orientation. Classroom instruction at Seattle Program Center. Saturday April 12th - Field Trip 1 (optional) - Gear shopping. Time to get your gear; volunteers will be available to ask questions while visiting some of the local retailers in Seattle. Meet at Seattle REI.
Gear Shakedown Hikes (4/13, 4/19, 4/26, 4/27) - Day Hikes with handbook review. Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. Choose at least one hike. These will be gear shakedown hikes to help hikers sort out clothing and gear needs.
Gear Shakedown Hike #1 (Sat.4/13: Cougar Mtn: RedTown & Coal Creek Falls (6mi, 500ft gain). Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. Hike through rolling hills in a great county park to help figure out old or new gear needs. Gear Shakedown #2 Sat.4/19: Taylor Mtn (6mi, 1000ft gain) Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. A lesser known trail in the Issaquah Alps just east of Tiger Mtn with forests and wetlands area that provide important habitat between the foothills and Cedar River watershed.
Gear Shakedown #3 Sat.4/26: Rattlesnake Ledge (4mi, 1100ft gain) Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. A classic spring hike in the North Bend area of the I-90 corridor, with consistent grade, good tread and great valley views.
Gear Shakedown #4 Sun.4/27: Nisqually Nat'l Wildlife Refuge (4mi, 100ft gain) Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. A unique area in the delta region of the Nisqually river and should be rich with wildlife and spring blooms.
Sunday May 4th - Workshop & Field Trip 2 - Map & Compass practical skills. Review compass functions and features of topo maps at the Seattle Program center and then walk to field exercises with mentors at Magneson Park/Kite Hill area 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
May (various weekend dates) - Easy day hikes w/handbook review. Review Backcountry Ethics, Nutrition & Weather. Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. Choose at least one hike.
Saturday June 7th - Field Trip 3 - Trail work party. All day: Introduction to trail maintenance, work parties and stewardship. Celebrate National Trails Day and join organized work parties. Various locations. Alternate dates can be accommodated, arrange with course facilitator.
June (various dates) - Easy and Easy/Moderate day hikes w/handbook review. Review First Aid and Leave No Trace. Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. Choose at least one hike.
July (various dates) - Easy, Easy/Moderate, and Moderate day hikes. Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. Choose at least one hike.
August (various dates) - Easy, Easy/Moderate, Moderate, and Moderate/Strenuous day hikes. Sign up on-line or call clubhouse. Choose at least one hike.