Wilderness Skills Jan 16 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia

Lecture: Wilderness Skills

Wilderness Skills Jan 16 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia

The first of two consecutive Saturdays required to graduate from the Wilderness Skills course includes: presentation about the 10 essentials and other day hike gear, demonstration of setup done on an actual unplanned overnight, four daypacks small group show & tell, injury prevention & illness response, nutrition, wilderness ethics, safe water hands-on small group practice, and basic navigation (loaner compasses available).

  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)


7:30 a.m. Instructors setup and student registration

8:00    Welcome and overview

First Saturday (Wilderness Skills Saturday 1 of 2)

7:30 a.m. Instructors setup and student registration

8:00    Welcome and overview

8:10    Getting started with the right compass

8:20    Day hike equipment: the 10 essentials and more

9:20    “What’s in your daypack?” introduction

9:25    An unplanned overnight with what was in his daypack

9:45     Break/setup for small-group table presenters

9:50    Four daypacks - winter, summer, lightweight, & scramble/climb

10:50  Staying Safe and Healthy in the Backcountry - Injury Prevention and Response to Illness

11:30  Nutrition – Foods for healthy meals on the trail

12:00   Working Lunch – about nutrition of course (bring a lunch to eat at our tables)

12:30  Wilderness Ethics

1:10     Break

1:15    Safe water – Learn about and use chemicals, UV & filters

2:15    Backcountry Navigation – Maps and Compass

4:40    Preparing for the Outdoor Workshop - Things needed, questions and comments

5:00     End of day


St. John’s Episcopal Church, Olympia

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Be prepared to spend time outside regardless of weather. Most activities during the first Saturday will be inside or under cover. It may however not be warm or dry outside.

Students are encouraged to bring a compass if they have one, but some loaner compasses are available.

Please bring a lunch to eat during our short working lunch.

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