Our Values

Our Mission Statement:

To minimize wilderness accidents, injury, and illness in order to maximize wilderness enjoyment, safety, and personal growth, all through experiential education and risk awareness training.

Being aware of the challenges ahead and preparing for them leads to fun, safe, and successful wilderness visits! Altogether too many people venture into the woods in haste, usually unprepared for what they may find. They get hurt, sick, or in trouble and call for Search & Rescue to bail them out. The experience leaves a “bad taste in their mouths” and many do not return. To us, this is tragic! Learning about “the Realities of the Trail,” what it’s really like out there and how to travel through it, is the solution to most wilderness fears and concerns.

Our Vision:

It has remained our desire since 1982 to reach out to the beginning backpacker, to give them the needed knowledge and practical skills to “Play Safe and Stay Found,” so that every future wilderness visit would be fun, relaxing, and end with a joyous return home to tell all their friends to “Take a Hike,” too! We chose a long time ago to not delve into any skill levels requiring technical expertise, certifications, or guide trainings. Keep it simple, understandable, and fun.

Our Style:

Someone once said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

Mountain Education wants our students to learn by doing.  We show them what to do and demonstrate it for them right on trail where it is needed. We teach them why doing it is a good idea and assist them as they practice it. This is “experiential education” at its best.

Why We Teach:

American philosophers, environmentalists, and even Presidents have waxed long about the therapeutic benefits of wilderness. To reap these rewards, you need to be able to stay in the backcountry without getting hurt, lost, hungry, or fearful. We try to give you the knowledge and skills to do this. Pretty simple. For the wilderness is too beautiful a place to have a bad experience!

Our Motto:

“Play Safe & Stay Found!”

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