Basic Backpacking Awareness

Course Director:

Filiberto de Cal

Dates:                    Saturday 05-18-2024 7 AM to Sunday 05-19-2024 2 PM 
Location:               Camp Herms

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader

Plan Ahead . . . Prepare . . . Thrive in the outdoors

This course covers the skills and knowledge for planning and leading a safe and enjoyable backpacking trek. Course topics include: trek planning, leadership and risk management, wilderness first aid, evacuation, food planning and preparation, nutrition, wilderness navigation, feminine hygiene on the trail, Leave No Trace camping, equipment, stoves & fuels, and weather. The course consists of 2 modules: a 1-hr Zoom prep meeting on May 18 to align all attendees on expectations, agenda, logistics, and gear, and a full weekend experience at Rancho Los Mochos on May 27-28, 2023. 

To participants that graduate, the Faculty will offer an optional guided Backpacking Adventure in the Yosemite wilderness on June 17-19 (additional fees to be collected prior to the outing). The outdoor session at Los Mochos (May 27-28, 2023) simulates a backpacking experience and begins early Saturday morning at 7:00am on May 27 and ends at 2pm on Sunday 28. You will be sleeping in your own tent Saturday night.

Registration opens on March 20, 2023 ($175 fee) and closes on May 19th. 
It includes all training materials and food.
A $25 late fee will be applied for registrations received after April 30, 2023.

The course requires Annual Health and Medical Record parts A/B/C

Completion of the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is recommended.

The course is limited to the first 20 who sign up.

Don’t let this opportunity to train leaders for 5 to 50 milers pass you at the trailhead.

A HAT (High Adventure Team) number and a course completion card/certificate will be issued upon completion of this course along with our new GGAC HAT patch and Basic Backpacking rocker.

More information . . . questions? Email Course Director Fil de Cal

Rancho Los Mochos does not have cellular reception. 

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