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Intro to Backpacking (M-W overnight at Marmot, W-F backcountry) *FULL*
This empowering trip will begin as participants travel to Portland Audubon’s very own Marmot Cabin located near Mt. Hood Oregon. The first two days will be spent at Marmot Cabin learning and practicing the basics of backpacking and outdoor survival skills in preparation to hit the trails. In preparation for our expedition into the Gifford Pinchot Wilderness, we will learn how to plan a trip, pack our backpacks and plan meals. We will also learn and practice back-country skills such as Leave No Trace, basic first aid, survival skills, orienteering and backcountry cooking.
Once comfortable with our new skills, we will head out into the Gifford Pinchot wilderness on a 2 night backpacking trip! Build strength, confidence and outdoor skills while taking in the views of mountain lakes and the Cascade range. After spending 3 days in the backcountry we will return to Audubon and celebrate our challenges, friendships and achievements of the week.
All transportation and food is provided. Participants provide their own camping gear.
Week-long Camp: August 1 – August 5, 8:30/8:45 a.m. – 3:15/3:30 p.m. Grades: 6-8
Drop off Location: Grades 6-8 meet at Upper Macleay Park, which neighbors Portland Audubon on Cornell Road to the east. Type of Camp: Overnighters mainly take place at Marmot Cabin and the Miller Wildlife Sanctuary, outside of Sandy, Oregon. There are two 30 foot yurts and a 3,200 square foot cabin and a 91 acre wildlife sanctuary for us to explore, learn new skills and connect with nature and each other.