Essential Backpacking Skills
August 28, 2021
Beaver Meadow Audubon Center
Getting ready to spend the night out in a tent? This course will teach you the skills to be successful and comfortable spending a night in the wilderness. We will go over the fundamentals of backpacking by packing our pack, setting up a mock camp, learning how to use our stoves, making a fire, storing our food, and cleaning up. And, of course, you will learn the proper way to poop in the woods. All of this while following the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. You’ll learn practical camping skills for use in every situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.
- Gear basics – “10 Essentials”
- “The Big Three” – tent, sleeping bag, and tent
- Backpack – proper fit and how to pack
- Cook systems
- Choosing a campsite
- Basic fire starting techniques
- Food planning and storage
Demo gear will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.