Wilderness Skills - Olympia - 2024

Day Hiking Course

Wilderness Skills

Learn the skills to get outside and safely enjoy Washington's wilderness.

Open to everyone, Wilderness Skills provides skills and practice for hiking and the "groundwork" for backpacking in the Northwest. It is also required for Alpine Scrambling students. The 2024 course will include a field day at Millersylvania State Park with the option to stay overnight in a cabin for 1-2 nights if you would like. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Wilderness Skills is designed to prepare area outdoor enthusiasts for hiking or backpacking in the forests, mountains and trails of the Pacific Northwest. Open to all, this course is also the foundation required before the Alpine Scrambling course with the Olympia Branch. 

The 12 hour course is held on one virtual evening lecture (date TBD) and one full Saturday that includes presentations and hands-on inside and outside activities. Backcountry skills and Unplanned overnights are the focus of Wilderness Skills. Planned overnights and related planning and gear are more briefly covered.  

CLIMB/SCRAMBLE STUDENTS ONLY:  Most students register directly online, but Alpine Scrambling course students are registered for Wilderness Skills by their  BC/AS course leaders.  

GRADUATION: Students must complete the Saturday field day. Alternative independent study for the evening lecture can be assigned on a case by case basis. We want you to get outside, so Wilderness Skills students not also taking a Scramble/Climb course must also email the Wilderness Skills Course leader when they have completed a hike in order to graduate. 

DATES & TIMES: Evening lecture will occur from 5:30pm - 8:30pm during the week of January 20, date TBD.  Saturday, January 27 will take place  8 a.m. to 5 pm at the Millersylvania State Park retreat center. Cabins are available for Friday and/or Saturday night at no charge on a first come, first serve basis (contact leader).

The Wilderness Skills course is offered once each year. 

Course Materials

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