Olympia Mountaineers offers wilderness skills course

A three-day wilderness skills course begins Tuesday in Olympia for those looking to improve their safety in the outdoors.

The course, conducted by the Olympia Mountaineers, will start with a three-hour session Tuesday and continue with eight-hour sessions April 25 and May 2.

According to a statement circulated by the club, the skill course is open to all and “is designed to prepare area outdoor enthusiasts for hiking or backpacking in the Pacific Northwest.” It’s also the foundation for the club’s alpine scrambling and basic climbing courses.

The Mountaineers plan to address more than 20 safety topics during the course, which will include hands-on experience and demonstrations.

Registration is available online at olympiamountaineers.org, and the course is $30 for Mountaineers members and $50 for member families of four or less. The prices are double for non-members. A 77-page student manual is available to download on the club’s website.

Family registration is not available online, so organizers ask families to register at the first course.

Here’s what organizers say participants can expect:

TUESDAY: The 10 essentials; clothing, boots and equipment for day hikes. How to examine clothing and equipment.

APRIL 25: Staying safe and healthy in the wilderness; injury prevention and response; hazards of the wilderness; nutrition and navigation.

MAY 2: The final day focuses on wilderness skills navigation at an outdoor workshop. Participants practice skills on an outdoor challenge course.

The classes will take place at the Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. For more information, contact Chris Sullivan at christopherjonsullivan@gmail.com or 360-970-1477.