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How to Stay Warm and Dry (Shelters)

February 11th

  • 70 US dollars
  • Pasadena

Service Description

Date: Sunday, February 11th Time: 10am- 2pm Location: Pasadena Ages: 10 & up unless accompanied by a parent Cost: $70 OR one 6-pack class Instructor: Chris Morasky There’s nothing worse than being cold and wet when you’re outdoors. Fortunately, instructor Chris Morasky has a lot of strategies, tools and tricks to keep you cozy. Chris lived for decades in the wilderness, often alone and miles from the nearest help. Under those circumstances, getting cold and wet wasn’t just a discomfort; it could mean death. This course will focus on keeping your core temperature at a happy 98.6 degrees. We’ll consider location and microclimates, shelter designs and materials, clothing options, uses of fire, the coal bed, hot rocks and so much more! By the end of the course, you’ll know: The Blackfoot method of recognizing the onset of hypothermia. Why you should never camp near a stream. Why an east-facing slope is usually best for camp. The mistakes that almost everyone makes when building a debris shelter. How to avoid burning down your shelter (with you in it!). Why t-shirts are terrible and what to wear instead. To always change your socks before bed. This is a hands-on class, so bring lightweight gloves to build a shelter together. We’ll select the best location, then determine the optimum design for the available materials, environmental conditions, and intended purpose. You’ll also learn to build a shelter that not only protects you from the elements but also harmonizes with the natural environment so you can hide from the zombies during the Apocalypse! Chris has built and lived in many different styles of shelters under many different conditions and brings a vast amount of knowledge and skill, from simple lean-tos and debris shelters to snow caves, wickiups, tipis and even house-sized earthlodges. Few instructors in the world have more first-hand experience than Chris. Do you have a tarp? Tarps have tremendous potential for creating effective and portable shelters if you can work with their versatility and limitations. We’ll also cover the complexities of outdoor apparel selection to ensure you're equipped for any weather. From rain-resistant layers to insulating materials, grasp the nuances of dressing for warmth without compromising mobility. Our class provides insights into clothing choices that can be the difference between a comfortable adventure and a struggle against the elements.


Cancellation Policy

To cancel your booking for a full refund, you must cancel no later than 30 days before the start date of the offering. All bookings are fully transferable at any time. You must email us with the name and contact information of your transferee. Our offerings take place rain or shine. We do not cancel or refund for inclement weather. We do not offer refunds for COVID-related issues.


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