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Essential Backpacking Skills Class

Essential Backpacking Skills Class

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China Camp State Park, Marin County: Village Beach

Getting ready to spend the night out in a tent? Come out on this one day course to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the wild. Whether backpacking or car camping, having a great day and getting a good night's rest in the outdoors comes down to having the right tent, sleeping system, stove, and gear storage. To learn the fundamentals, we'll hike with all of our gear to a mock campsite where we'll practice setting up camp. Our instructors will show you where to position your kitchen area, food storage, tent site, and bathroom facilities for maximum safety and comfort, all while following the Leave No Trace Principles.You'll learn practical camping skills for use in every situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.

  •  Learn to identify and build a campsite using the principles of Leave No Trace
  •  Practice setting up a camp kitchen, tent, and critter-proofing your food storage
  •  Learn about the gear needed for backpacking and systems for carrying it effectively

Bring to class:


  •  Hiking Boots
  •  Hiking Socks - Moisture wicking socks to help keep your feet cool and dry.
  •  Personal Prescription Medications - Including, but not limited to, epinephrine auto-injectors for anaphylactic allergies.
  •  Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  •  Water Bottle
  •  Weather Appropriate Clothing - Moisture wicking synthetic or wool layers to help keep you comfortable and/or dry.


  •  Energy Snacks
  •  Lip Balm/Protection
  •  Personal Backpacking Equipment - Lightweight tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Wide Brim Hat w/ Retainer - Sun protective & safe in case of wind


  •  Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  •  Backpacking Stove
  •  Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses
  •  Headlamp/Flashlight
  •  Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  •  Three Season Backpacking Tent
  •  Trekking Poles
  •  Water Filter

Friends of China Camp

CANCELLATION POLICY UPDATE: For programs after January 1st, 2023 you will need to cancel at least 7 days before the program to receive a refund or no-cost reschedule. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the course for check-in and plan accordingly for travel time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated as this disrupts the experience for all other participants on the course.

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