REI Offers New Training for Adventurous Travelers

by Holly Riddle

Sep 22, 2019

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For any traveler interested in backcountry camping, wilderness exploration or any other type of outdoor adventure, REI now offers a wilderness safety training course to the general public. The programming is in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes place on weekends and is “ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.”

“NOLS believes anyone can be a leader. The Wilderness Safety Training courses we’re offering with REI teach planning and decision-making skills that complement first aid and technical skills in a way that all experience levels will benefit,” said Katie Baum Mettenbrink, risk services manager, NOLS. “When you start a trip with a plan and can identify potential hazards, you’re able to focus on having fun instead of managing unexpected problems and injuries. And if something goes wrong despite all your preparation, having a plan sets you up for an effective response.”

Wilderness safety training courses are held at REI stores in 14 U.S. cities this fall, with more courses coming in 2020. Courses take place over two days. Participants learn trip-planning principles, how to identify life-threatening wildness hazards, outdoor leadership and decision-making strategies and emergency planning. Participants learn through both presentations and hands-on practice scenarios.

The course is $245 for REI members and $275 for non-members.

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