Intro to Backcountry Trip Planning

Contact Name:
Kierre Childers
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7 teachers, 3-days, skills for a lifetime. This Intro to Backcountry Trip Planning Course covers a variety of topics designed to help you build confidence and skills to tackle an overnight Alaska backcountry trip either on or off trail, registration closes March 30.

This is a paid course; however, we have received private donations to cover the cost of a couple full and partial scholarships. If you are interested in attending, but cost is a barrier - please contact us at

Full course description, curriculum, teacher bios and scholarship application are on our website.

Topics covered include:
Map and compass skills
Wilderness medicine basics and patient assessment
Leave No Trace
Nutrition and meal planning in the backcountry
Tools available for route planning
How to pick the right route
Risk management
Search and rescue in Alaska
Packing a backpack

When: Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7.

Course will take place from approximately 9AM-5:30PM each day with evenings free to explore the Palmer area. Lodging and meals not included.

Where: We'll be meeting at multiple venues around the Palmer area during the course.

May 5, 2023: 9AM-5PM at the Musk Ox Farm

May 6, 2023: 9AM-5:30PM at the Musk Ox Farm

May 7, 2023: 9AM-5PM at Wilderness Emergency Medical Education educational yurt



General Admission: USD 539.00

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Street Address

The Musk Ox Farm, 12850 East Archie Road
Palmer, AK 99645


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