Outdoor Skills Workshop Series: Learn From a Search and Rescue Pro: Expecting the Unexpected
In this 3 week series, members from Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU) will review essential backcountry knowledge to help prepare you for your next adventure. We'll cover topics like pre-trip planning, backcountry hazard identification, navigation skills, and even how to interact with emergency personnel (like RMRU) if things go wrong.

Week 1: Know Before You Go
April 13
Tuesday, 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 

We will discuss how to plan for a hike including what to bring and how to navigate. We will dissect our day hiking packs and introduce some helpful apps and websites to help you plan your trip.

Week 2: On the Trail Tips
April 20
Tuesday, 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m..

We will cover how to have a great day on the trail. We will discuss how to stay comfortable in any weather, how to avoid potential dangers on the trail, and how to prevent some common backcountry medical issues. We’ll also guide you through downloading maps and navigating with your phone.

Week 3: Expecting the Unexpected
(or When Nature Wins Round 1)
April 27
Tuesday, 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

In the final week of this series, we will discuss what steps to take if you get injured or lost on the trails as well as tips for interacting with emergency personnel. Finally, we will take a behind-the-scenes look into what a typical Search and Rescue mission is like from our perspective as the Riverside Mountain Rescue team.

Event Details


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User Activity

Excellent presentation. I learned a lot and will be a much safer hiker for it. Very interesting information.

Very interesting class led by enthusiastic presenters. I learned some useful information which I can apply on my next hike. Thank you UCR for making this class available to the public.