KNSFHP 1139.03 (1 credit)
No Experience Required!
Backpacking 1 is for the individual with little to no backpacking experience. We will cover everything you need to know to select and use the proper equipment for an average weekend backpacking trip.
What you will learn:
- Selection and use of primary backpacking equipment
- Basic food requirements and menu planning
- Camp set-up and safety
- Water treatment procedures
- Proper backcountry environmental issues, use, and procedures
- Trail selection
What to expect:
- All class sessions are mandatory. Any student not attending the first class session of a course will be dropped from the class and replaced by others that are on the waiting list and in attendance of the class. Each student is responsible for adding or dropping any courses with their college.
- All classes require an additional trip / activity fee. All trip / activity fees must be paid in full by the end of the second class session.
- There will be no refund of any trip or activity fees at anytime.
- Class room session times, locations, dates, trip dates, and fees are subject to change. There will be no refund of deposit or trip fee if this is required. A current OSU e-mail address will be used to contact all students enrolled in a class for notification of any changes.
- It is great exercise.
- You can develop a deeper sense of nature and its beauty.
- There are health benefits when backpacking/hiking in nature, both physical and mental.
- It’s a travel experience that lets you see things from a perspective that is different than other modes of travel.
- Your social skills can improve because you might be meeting new people during your travels or on the trail.
- It can be a much more economical way to travel.
- Backpacks have many different names, including rucksacks and knapsacks.
- 9 million Americans went backpacking in 2013, up from 7 million in 2006.
- More than 21,800 volunteers participated in 439 trail projects on National Trails Day in 2014.
- Since the National Trails System was established in 1965, the total mileage of trails on federal lands has increased from 88,000 miles to 193,500 miles. On state lands, the number has increased from 15,000 miles to 42,500 miles.
- Volunteers put in 1.2 million hours of trail maintenance and management for the Forest Service in 2012, estimated to be worth about $26 million. In 2014, more than 1 million hours were donated to maintaining National Scenic and Historic Trails, valued at $24 million