Basic Wilderness Skills Course   - Seattle - 2015

Day Hiking Course

Basic Wilderness Skills Course

Basic Wilderness Skills Course - Seattle

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Learn the fundamentals for planning and going hiking, including topics on gear selection, navigation skills, conditioning tips, the  essential systems in your pack, safety/travel smarts in the backcountry and other topics.  A fun, interactive course for people new to hiking or hiking in the Pacific Northwest. The completion badge for Wilderness Skills will be given to students who complete the workshop, required 2 field trips (navigation & stewardship), and go on four club hikes by the end of August 2015.   
Sat. May 2nd, 2015 - skills workshop (required)
Sat. May 16th, 2015 - navigation field trip (required)
Sat. June 6th, 2015 - stewardship field trip/trail work party on National Trails day. (opt. dates)


We schedule course hikes from April through August (2-3 hikes each month).  Both regular club hikes and course hikes count toward the course completion. 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.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Course Materials
Class1 references

Handouts and presentation files for BWS class

Guides and Reading

Student guide and FOTH chapters on navigation and first aid