Knot Tying: A properly tied knot can secure your gear and ensure your personal safety. We’ll demonstrate a variety of knots.
Leave No Trace: Learn some of the simple rules of backpacking meant to preserve our wild places for the critters who live there, and the hikers who follow in our tracks.
Meal Planning: You don’t want to rely on nuts and berries. Learn to plan a tasty menu that will fuel your journey without weighing down your pack.
Practical Packing: To get the most out of your backpacking trip, it helps to lighten the load. Learn about good gear and how to pack it.
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Instructor Michael “Mikey” Villavicencio has been backpacking for five years. He has taught three outdoor leadership development classes at Cal State University San Bernadino and supervised an outdoor program that ran up to five trips a weekend during the school year.
His favorite experiences include guiding a trip through Yosemite National Park and an overnight trip through Zion National Park, where much of the walk was ankle-deep in water.
Mikey also enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, biking, running and playing video games. He’s looking forward to sharing these classes with you!