Backcountry Preparedness

Sometimes, even a simple walk in the woods or a day hike, can become an uncomfortable or unfortunate situation. Most people on short jaunts in the woods or down trail have little with them but the clothes on their back. This session will cover several simple aspects from decision priorities, to what to take with you, that can make a life-saving difference. Course objective: plan ahead and prepare-know before you go; factors that contribute to a crisis; the ten essentials; staying found; survival priorities; water and warmth.

Douglas Wagoner is founder and lead facilitator at ENERTIA OUTDOORS LTD (formally Green Earth Outdoors ), an outdoor school, trail foods manufacturer, and online outdoor retailer, based in the Midwest. A professional guide and outdoor educator since 1991, he is a welltraveled and seasoned adventurer whose has a deep passion for sharing the outdoors with others. He is a Wilderness EMT, an instructor for SOLO Wilderness Medicine School, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, ACA Canoe Instructor and enjoys teaching a variety of other outdoor skill courses from backpacking to wilderness survival.

10 Essentials Handout

How to ID Poison Ivy Handout

Med Kit Handout