WILDERNESS BACKPACKING TRAINING – ARKANSAS
November 5 @ 12:00 pm - November 8 @ 4:00 pm
Join our team on a 3.5 day wilderness backpacking excursion into the Quachita Mountains (about a 3.5 hour drive from Lindale) on the famous Eagle Rock Loop. Learn from instructors with 1000s of miles and over 60 years experience between them in wilderness areas from all over the country and abroad in all enviroments. Both experienced with leading groups into the wild successfully with SERE and wilderness survival training and real world experience behind them. We did add a extra day this year to be able to slow down a bit and focus on some skill sets.
Backpacking is one of the most satisfying ways to get into seclusion and away from the craziness of life. But too many times people go about it wrong from purchasing their first gear to the locations they choose and it can turn dangerous and deadly very fast.
We will be focusing on the priorities of survival while moving over extended rugged terrain. Training on skillsets that will work in any remote and wild environment you find yourself in.
This course will have challenges for seasoned hikers and prepare new hikers for the trails and eventually going out on their own or leading their family on wilderness excursions.
Minimal gear will be required to join uus and if needed rental gear can be provided.
The training subject matter is as follows but not limited to:
Gear Selection – more is not better
Food and Water Procurement
Long Range Movement
Navigation and Signaling
Security on the trail
Shelter – Setting Camp
When Things Go Bad – What , When and How
72 hour or larger pack
Good solid hiking boots or shoes with ankle support, 2 pairs of socks (do not recommend cotton)
Extra change of clothes if desired
2 quart nalgene bottles and collapsible water bladder, bottle or cube
Water purification system – pump, tabs or boiling….students choice
Lightweight Metal bbowl and cup for cooking
Basic first aid kit and moleskin
Duct tape and paracord
Lighter, waterproof matches and fire steel
Compass and signal mirror
Waterproof pack cover and large construction grade trash bags (3)
Poncho or jacket
Emergency shelter (no tents)
Sleeping bag and pad if desired
Food desired – what you pack in you will pack out unless it burns
Medications you may need
Ages 16 and up, 16 yr old must be accompanied by parent or guardian over 18 and the parent will be completely responsible for the minors wel. Being and location at all times.
Guiding, instruction, preparation meeting and debrief. SPOTS ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED, sign up now to secure your spot and there is a possibility of carpooling to save on transportation .
Any questions feel free to contact us!
A preparation meeting will be held prior to the trip to check gear, discuss carpooling and meet locations and times.
Contact us for single , couples and group rates for the trip.