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The Importance of Learning Backpacking Basics

Why Take Our Backpacking Basics Class?

This class is a great place to start if you want to start hiking or experience a backpacking adventure. There are many dangers if you are not prepared. This class will provide you the necessary skills and knowledge to have safe and fun adventures. You will learn everything you need to know, step by step.

We start with the planning process, which includes the importance of an itinerary and how to write one, trail alerts and conditions, weather conditions, Rangers, food, trail ratings, learning about wildlife, gear you will need, how to pack and a final check.

You will learn how to set up three main areas when camping in the backcountry, how to properly go to the bathroom, Leave No Trace ethics, trail blazes, building a safe fire, wildlife safety practices, water purification, backcountry cooking and food storage. You will also learn how to measure correctly for a pack, gear tips, footwear, first aid kits, and clothing. We will have a segment on wilderness first aid also. 

A lot of information is provided in this class, so we recommend bringing a notebook to take notes. You will have hands-on practice in this class to master all the skills needed to keep you safe.

Join us and begin a safe, fun, adventurous life!

Survival Doesn't Mean Destruction

Survival Doesn't Mean Destruction

Help Us!

We have all watched the survival shows, and they are great entertainment. But that’s exactly what they are, entertainment. We teach wilderness survival and part of our class is shelter building. A shelter is important in a survival situation because it gets you out of the elements and helps maintain your core body temperature. There is no need to build an elaborate shelter, using multiple trees. Your goal is to be rescued, not have an extended stay. You should be concentrated on signaling to be rescued and build a minimal shelter. This could be as simple as using a large trash bag, which we recommend everyone carry. In our class, we go into detail about shelter options. 

Our friends at the Pine Mountain Trail Association, brought to our attention that people are practicing their elaborate shelter building skills, not dismantling them, and leaving trash behind. Trees are being cut down and campsites are being altered. Please know that volunteer trail workers have to clean up the mess. Not to mention the damage this does to nature. If you want to practice shelter building skills, please use what is already on the ground, and dismantle before leaving. The wilderness is a place that we visit, therefore we must be a good guest. Just imagine, if everyone did this that visited our beautiful parks, we wouldn’t have many trees left. So we, at Iron Braid Adventures, ask that you help us preserve our wilderness.