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So you're interested in sharpening your outdoor skills?
You've come to the right place. Here, outdoor experts will teach you the essential skills for a successful, safe fun trip into the Outdoors. Jump directly to your desired skill, at right, or start at the beginning to learn them all. Happy learning!

TOP 5 SKILLS
1. Packing your pack
2. Fording rivers
3. The art of hiking
4. Reading a topo map
5. Repackaging your food
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Skill of the Week
HOW TO TIE A KNOT
Knots are essential to the safety and enjoyment of many outdoors pursuits. Learn how to form a knot properly and know which knots to use when.




DAY HIKE SKILLS
At Home
Choose your hike
Food & water
What to wear
What to bring

On the Trail
The art of hiking
Stay on the trail
Pack it on, pack it out
Leave what you find
Avoid plant & animal hazards

BACKPACK SKILLS
At Home
Plan your trip
Fitness
Food & water
What to bring
Packing your pack

On the Trail
Putting on your pack
The art of hiking
Treating water
Fording rivers
Finding your way
Avoid plant & animal hazards

In Camp
Choosing & setting up camp
Cooking / camp kitchen
Washing dishes
Food storage
Sanitation
Campfire
Sleeping Warm

Advanced Skills for Special Conditions
Highcountry
Desert
Winter camping
Bear Country

MOUNTAINEER SKILLS
Mountaineering basics
Knots
Belaying
Applying friction to the rope
Anchors
Position & stance
Rope handling
Communication

Snow climbing
Techniques
Roped climbing techniques
Routefinding on snow
Avalanche safety

Glacier travel
Fundamentals of glacier travel
Crevasse rescue

Ice climbing
Techniques
Roped climbing techniques


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