Compass Basics

Reading a compass seems like an intimidating skill to many people. However, once you learn the basics and practice a little, you will find that you can read a compass with ease. This skill is useful for those who like to hike in the wilderness, and is important for sports like orienteering. These directions are […]

Snowshoeing Lesson Plan

Polk County Conservation (Iowa) has an education program that includes teaching people the basics of snowshoeing. If you have a similar task you would be well served to start with their lesson plan and modify it to fit your audience and purposes

The goal is to teach students how to snowshoe with four objectives:

Students […]

Books About Winter Camping

Useful books about winter camping include:

Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Allen O’Bannon Backcountry Skier, Jean Vives Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Recognition and Pre-Hospital Treatment, James A. Wilkerson NOLS Winter Camping, Buck Tilton Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping Paradise Below Zero: The Classic Guide to Winter Camping, Calvin Rutstrum Secrets of […]

ADK-46ers Outdoor Skills Workshop

I am attended an Outdoor Skills Workshop sponsored by ADK 46-ers at the Adirondak Loj in Lake Placid. It was an intensive weekend workshop designed to train individuals involved in leading groups (e.g. Camp counselors, Y-leaders, scout leaders, 4-H leaders, recreation personnel, teachers) on wilderness camping trips. Topics covered included: Pre-trip planning and […]

What can you learn from winter camping?

Tim Jones over at EasternSlopes had some pithy items in one of his articles “Lessons From A First (Winter) Campout”.

Read the article, but I extracted the lessons taught by Winter Camping as individual items.

We are all essentially responsible for ourselves and we all need to carry our fair share. Sometimes long-term benefits outweighs […]

Learn Leave No Trace Principles On Your Desktop

Leave No Trace (LNT) has an online awareness course that you can take using your computer. The course

Covers the seven principles of LNT Helps recognize visitor created impacts in recreational areas Describes the history of LNT and the mission of the Center for Outdoor Ethics Identifies key programs through the LNT Center […]