Basic Wilderness Skills 2016 - Seattle

Day Hiking Course

Basic Wilderness Skills Course

A course for new hikers and new members that covers all you need to know about hiking! You'll meet friends, learn core skills, gear and schedules hikes for course students.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

A fun, interactive course for people new to hiking or new to hiking in the Pacific Northwest. The course includes two Sunday classes  (4/9 & 4/23), one stewardship field trip (multiple dates), and four club hikes during the spring/summer.

Learn the core skills for planning trips and going hiking. Topics cover gear selection and options, boots & packs, navigation tools/practices, handling wilderness emergencies, conditioning and building up to do longer hikes, the 10+ essential systems in your pack, leave no trace and other topics.

Any club hike finished during the spring/summer of 2017 will be given credit for course completion and easy and moderate hikes will be scheduled with first signup reserved for class students during May-August.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Student will provide their own gear and be physically able to travel on forest trails with elevation gains starting at 100 ft and up to 1800 ft round trip.

Course Materials
Class1 references

Handouts and presentation files for BWS class

Guides and Reading

Student guide and FOTH chapters on navigation and first aid