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~If you camp, hike, or explore the backcountry, these seasonal workshops are perfect for you! Instructor Ray Vizgirdas brings over 30 years of experience as a field biologist and naturalist and has authored several books on ecology and ethnobotany. Ray will introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed to survive in Idaho's wilderness.
` Class limit to 15 participants: FEE REQUIRED
For registration: please call 208-608-7680
Backcountry Basics 101:
~Relying on classroom lecture, slideshow presentation, and demonstrations, we will examine the fundamental knowledge needed to deal with backcountry emergencies. Topics include: priorities and essential skills; calories and the importance of water; short- versus long-term survival; psychological, physiological, and environmental stresses; hypothermia; clothing and emergency shelters; emergency fire starting; basic navigation and signaling for rescue; mountain and high-altitude concerns; what's involved from Search and Rescue perspective; developing a personalized emergency kit; and the top 6 “need to know” useful plants in the area. Demonstrations will include: fire by friction, twisting plant fiber into cordage, net making, and field-expedient stone tools.