Summer Mountain Skills Courses for 2018!

 

Mountain Basics Course (MBC)
These are 3-day, base-camp outings designed to show you how to be wise, efficient, and informed when it comes to simple backpacking. Excellent for the beginner who wants to improve their confidence and security in the mountains. Perfect for the aspiring Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker! Pre-trip education prepares you for the outing. The outing weekend teaches you how to:

  1. Pack Fitting & Organization                9. Topo Map Reading in 3-D           17.  Bugs, Bears, & Dirt
  2. Adjusting your shoes for Comfort     10. Weather Prediction                     18.  The Campsite
  3. Planning the day’s Events                11. Poles for Safety                           19.  The Swim
  4. Monitoring Your Body                       12. Exploring for Fun                         20.  Getting Water
  5. Staying Fed and Watered (breaks)   13. Slow & Listen                              21.  Cooking Meals
  6. Sanitation & Leave No Trace            14. Snow Safety                                22.  Sleep Comfy
  7. Doctor Thyself!                                  15. Creek Safety                               23.  Night Sounds
  8. Environmental Risk Awareness        16.  Emergency Communications     24.  Packing Camp

The point of this course is to get you started, show you the ropes, and let you taste of mountain freedom. It is not about the miles, the speed, or the gear. It is about savoring, allowing, discovering, and laughing!

Course Dates:  2018 (coming soon)

Full MBC Course Description

MBC Gear List

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Mountain Intermediate Course (MIC)
Short trips usually can’t go deep into the hills like multi-day journeys! Want to leave civilization behind and absorb the peace and quiet of a backpacker’s simple trail life? Learn how to plan, prepare for, and successfully hike for a week at a time over typical mid-elevation Sierra terrain practicing the skills and wisdom you learned at the Basic, base-camp level. The intent of this course is to show you how to go from one trailhead to another with your house on your back, how to travel between two points over varied terrain, and to walk along daily, slowly, enjoying all the mountains have to share!

Course Dates:  2018 (coming soon)

Full MIC Course Description

MIC Gear List

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Mountain Advanced Course (MAC)
Now you’ve got the training, let’s take it to High Country and see what few can visit! These are up to 3-week outings designed to show you how to put it all together, enabling you to safely deal with snow, cross swift creeks, and navigate cross-country, while remaining warm, dry, safe, and strong.

Course Dates:  2018 (coming soon)

Full MAC Course Description

MAC Gear List

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“Mountain Man” Course (MMC)
Regular trail hiking has become boring. Want to feel “one” with the mountains? Join us for up to 4 weeks as we expand your mountain abilities and wisdom by taking you off-trail and over everything the High Sierra can dish out. Nothing catches you off-guard. This kind of real mountain savvy is real mountain freedom!

Course Dates:  2018 (coming soon)

Full MMC Course Description

MMC Gear List

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