Wilderness Skills Jan 16

Lecture: Wilderness Skills

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

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Typically, 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 day packs small group show & tell, injury prevention & illness response, nutrition, wilderness ethics, safe water hands-on small group practice, and basic navigation (some loaner compasses available).

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Parking is available on the streets surrounding the church. Limited parking is also available in the church parking lot on the North side of the building.  Please note that some of the spaces in the lot are reserved for church members with limited mobility.

THIS IS a SAMPLE AGENDA for this 7:30-4:30  Saturday 1 of 2.  The final agenda times will be the same, but Content Adjustments are made each year to improve the course and for instructor availability. 


 Instructors setup and student registration

Welcome and overview

Getting started with the right compass

Day hike equipment: the 10 essentials and more

“What’s in your daypack?” introduction

An unplanned overnight with what was in his daypack

Break/setup for small-group table presenters

Four daypacks - winter, summer, lightweight, & scramble/climb

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

Nutrition – Foods for healthy meals on the trail

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

 Wilderness Ethics


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

Back-country Navigation – Maps and Compass

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

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.

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