Mountain Savvy Backcountry Hike

Featuring Molly Murfee

Get mountain savvy by learning from a local and gather the necessary skills to hike independently with knowledge, confidence and respect! This full-day hike not only takes participants into a beautiful wilderness setting, but also teaches backcountry skills and natural history along the way.

Make friends with the wildflowers by learning their names and interesting natural history facts. Gain exposure to the perfect equipment to bring in a backpack; what a first-aid kit should contain; and confidence in navigation and reading maps. Learn Mountain Manners by becoming proficient in Leave No Trace skills to reduce physical impacts on the landscape such as trail etiquette; choosing the best lunch and camp sites; making a low impact fire; preserving flora and fauna; “toilet” practices; dealing with trash; preserving water quality and more.

Participants must be able to hike 4-6 miles with elevation gain from 500-1,000 feet and be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Have an inspiring day hiking and learning in the backcountry, making future independent adventures even more enjoyable!

Backpack with day-hiking gear should include: 2 quarts of water; lunch and trail snacks; hiking clothes such as flexible, quick-dry shorts or pants and short-sleeve shirts; sturdy closed-toe hiking boots or shoes; rain pants and jacket; warm layers such as fleece; visor or sun hat; warm, lightweight hat and gloves; sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen.

Wednesday, August 14 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

University Center, Parking Lot
Gunnison, CO 81230

Event Type

Wednesday at Western

Cost

$50

Department
Extended Studies
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