PE 131

Introduction to Backpacking

This course, which is for the novice or near-novice hiker or backpacker, runs for the first half of the fall semester. It consists of evening lectures, one day hike, and two overnight hikes. The course covers such topics as proper equipment, the basics of camping, cooking in the outdoors, safety, and wilderness ethics. A primary emphasis of the course is to promote lifetime enjoyment of the natural environment through hiking and backpacking.

Unique consideration: course fee to cover cost of some food, equipment, and transportation on hikes.