Posted by: James Wapotich | October 2, 2011

How To Not Get Lost In The Woods

Santa Barbara Backcountry Hike Los Padres National Forest

You may have seen in the news recently stories about people getting lost on our local trails (Blue Canyon and near Mono Camp), through this class you will learn skills and awareness that will allow you to remove the word lost from your vocabulary. This class is not about being a survivalist or living off the land, rather it’s about learning how to see the land as a familiar place and how to read the trails and land so that you can find your way anywhere.

As introduction there will be a FREE slideshow presentation “Exploring the Santa Barbara Backcountry”. James Wapotich will be presenting images and stories from his hikes in our local mountains. Ever changing, the Santa Barbara Backcountry is a place of surprising diversity and rich scenery and most of it is within a couple hours of Santa Barbara. Slideshow will include images from the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wildernesses as well as trails closer to home and will be held at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, Wednesday, October 19th at 7PM, 21. W. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara.

I have also been invited to offer a similar free presentation for the Arguello Group of the Los Padres Sierra Club, Friday, October 21st at 7:30PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Lompoc, 1600 E. Berkeley Drive in Lompoc.

Santa Barbara Backcountry Hike Los Padres National Forest

The 4-week workshop will take place on our local trails, Saturdays 9AM-Noon, October 29th through November 19th. The class is $75 per person or bring a friend and save 20% each, limit 12 students.
Must be able to comfortably hike 2-3 miles.

James Wapotich, is an experienced backpacker and has hiked many of the trails in our local backcountry, he is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with the Forest Service and is the author of the weekly hiking column Trail Quest in the Santa Barbara NewsPress

For more information or to sign up for the class call (805) 564-6946 or email me at

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