The goal of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge needed for you to operate safely and comfortably, unassisted for 72 hours, in most outdoor situations in California as a SAR boots on the ground resource. A secondary goal is to introduce you to the search & rescue processes and procedures as followed in California, and the actions expected of you as a search & rescue "ground pounder" during a SAR operation.
Shelter building and site selection (tarps, rope and stakes provided)
Clothing care & selection
Food selection, storage, preparation & transport
Elements of a SAR base camp
Basic navigation techniques
Beginning SAR techniques (hasty search and carry-out)
Minimum impact camping
Rule of 3s and survival priorities
Important Plants (Friend and Foe)
Gear List for Outdoor Skills
Sleeping bag and pad
Sturdy bowl, cup, and spoon
Headlamp, or small flashlight
Note taking materials
Clothes appropriate for cold-weather hiking and potential rain. No cotton (reasons for this will be covered in training.)
1 Rain jacket / poncho
1 insulating layer (fleece jacket)
2 pairs socks, wool or synthetic
1 base layer
1 long sleeved shirt
1 pair pants
Wool or synthetic stocking cap or balaclava
Note: Many light layers of clothes are preferred to a few layers of heavy clothing.
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb or hairbrush
Small bottle of hand sanitizer (1 or 2 oz bottle size is fine)
Personal medications (if needed)
Bandanna, neckerchief and/or microfiber towel
Enough food for two lunches and snacks. Lunches should be able to be eaten on the go, and require no refrigeration. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
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At least two filled 1 liter bottles of water and/or CamelBack-style bladder
If you already have a backpacking stove, feel free to bring it along and use it, meals will be a group activity and will be a good opportunity for everyone to share ideas and demo equipment and techniques.
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