Step 1 – Before You Go
- Determine your goals and objectives? What, why, and with Who?
- Take the time to research and plan. Download the FREEDOM Journal [PDF]
- Learn about and respect the rules and regulations of Public Lands and Wilderness Areas. Visit Leave No Trace
- Take a class. Back country travel requires a certain level of expertise and knowledge. PE 115 and PE 116 give you the tools and knowledge to get started hiking — rain, shine or snow!
Step 2 – Research Your Trip
- Make sure to check the weather before you leave!
- Plan ahead by checking trail conditions with current trip reports! Always have a Plan B, C and D. Visit Washington Trails Association
- Leave your trip plan with someone at home … just in case.
Step 3 – Pack for Success
- No need for a large shopping trip; many of these items can be found at thrift stores, around your own home or borrowed from friends and family. We also rent gear: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, snowshoes and bear canisters.
- Plan out with all of your items in plain view, then decide what you REALLY need. If you don’t think you’re going to use it, leave it at home.
- Read more about steps for getting you packed up and adjusted.
Looking for expert advice?
Drop by weekly Office Hours!
For Summer Quarter, Office Hours are available by Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 AM – 1:20 PM. Join a Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 891 9819 7483
Last Updated November 21, 2022