What to Expect:
• This is a two day class that starts on Saturday and ends Mid-day on Sunday.
• PATC will provide dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday
• You may either bunk inside or camp outdoors
• Students will be expected to attend both days of the class.
• Prior to being certified as hike leaders, students will be required to co-lead 2 hikes with experienced PATC hike leaders.
Leave No Trace
An important aspect of a hike leader's responsibility is to design and conduct an enjoyable hike that minimizes impact to the environment. This section is designed for group hiking in particular
The hike leader is ultimately responsible for leading a safe and enjoyable hike with minimal impact on the environment. The course addresses the leader's responsibilities in achieving those ends. It touches on the many roles a leader must assume and how he or she effectively executes those responsibilities.
Wilderness Medical Emergencies
Participants receive an overview of many of the most common medical emergencies you are likely to encounter on a hike. While not a certificate course for wilderness first aid, the class provides classroom instruction dealing with typical medical emergencies.
Having the right gear during a hike is important. It’s even more important when you are leading. Students will discuss gear and personal equipment during this section. A seasoned hike leader will go through their pack and discuss the various items it contains.
Certain procedures remain the same for every hike. This section addresses such procedures, particularly for leading PATC hikes, such as required documentation, screening participants; trail-head briefing; assigning a sweep; and post-hike activities.
Maps and Navigation
This section provides a foundation for learning about maps and navigation. It covers the essential topics for leading safe hikes. How to read maps, including contour lines; common symbols; elevation gain; and estimating time. How to use a compass, including taking a bearing, following a bearing, and orienting a map. You will also learn how to use a GPS while hiking as well.
The most important part of a hike is the preparation prior to the hike. Planning entails a range of activities that are covered in the class, from choosing a trail and researching the area of the hike to preparing for unforeseen emergencies.
PATC’s GPS rangers and map experts have designed a hands on activity designed to get students comfortable with orienting using a compass and map.
Students will break up into groups along with an instructor to discuss various hiking scenarios
Q&A + Review