Backcountry Skills Classes

Exploring nature and the backcountry should be a fun experience for everyone. San Diego and Southern California offer a wide variety of opportunities for every one of all abilities.  One of the most important aspects of enjoying your self is a strong base of backcountry skills and a drive to constantly learn new things and then practice and reinforce the basics. Kit Fox Outfitters strives to be an educational outdoor company providing the gear you need and the knowledge to use it.  Our classroom based curriculum is geared towards the experienced and novice alike.

Our Commitment to Backcountry Education: 

  • Keep it Fun
  • Keep it Safe
  • Keep it Affordable
  • The Outdoors is for Everyone

Shelter:  What is shelter in the backcountry, what do I need, what do I do? Our shelter class is a one hour lecture based classroom course covering the basics concepts of shelter in the backcountry to include planning, preparation, and emergency situations both their avoidance and dealing with them.  At the end of this course you will not only leave with a solid instruction and understanding of shelter basics you will also leave with some new gear to add to your shelter kit as well!

Topics Covered:

  • Planning
  • Gear Selection
  • Improvising
  • Natural vs Manmade

Signal: What do you mean signal, well we are talking about the skills and gear necessary to be seen when you need to be whether you are trying to get your friends attention or signal for rescue this course covers the basic concepts and strategies of being seen in the backcountry.  At the end of this one hour lecture based classroom course you will not only leave more confident in this area you will also leave with some new gear to add to you signal kit as well!

Topics Covered:

  • Active and Passive Signals
  • Audio and Visual Signals
  • Improvising
  • Ground to Air Signal (GTAS)

Water:  Water and hydration sounds simple enough right? This one hour lecture based classroom course will cover the basics of water in the backcountry, so if you are going for a half hour walk in a local open space preserve or a multi-day ad venture in the desert or forest this class  provides the basic foundations to keep you safe and having fun. At the end of this course you will leave happy with some new gear to up your hydration game as well!

Topics Covered:

  • Containers
  • Treatment Options
  • Diet
  • Planning

Fire:  How hard can this be right, the cavemen have been doing it for years. Well there is a lot more to starting and keeping a good fire than you might realize. This one hour lecture based classroom course will help us understand some of the basic concepts and tricks of the trade to staying warm around the fire. And what kind of outfitter would we be if you didn’t leave with some cool new ways to start a fire!

Topics Covered:

  • Fire Starting Options
  • Basic Concepts
  • Safety
  • Planning

Tools: Since the first caveman banged a rock against something mankind has been using tools. Well fortunately for us there has been a lot of progress since then and now we find ourselves with almost limitless options for tools in the backcountry. This lecture based classroom course covers the basics when it comes to the right tool for the job in the backcountry. I’m also assuming you have read the other descriptions and yes you leave this class with some cool gear as well.  

Topics Covered:  

  • Basic Tools
  • Planning
  • Uses
  • Safety

So sign up and give us a try, we think you will enjoy our approach to enjoying the outdoors in a fun and safe manner outfitted with the gear and knowledge you need.



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