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Backcountry Leadership – Wilderness Conservation, Navigation & Risk Management

June 18-23, 2017 Expedition near Yakima WA
with transportation from Seattle-Tacoma

Whether you are a beginner or advanced backpacker, this expedition week has tons to offer.  You will learn how to pack for efficient travel; how to navigate using map, compass, GPS, and with natural orienteering tools; how to work through challenges as a team; how to set up camp; how to cook over open fires and mini stoves; how to stay safe in the wilderness, and much more.

Herbal Expedition 1

Captivated by Mt. Rainier

We will be traveling from sagebrush canyonlands, through wilderness pine forests, toward Mt. Rainier.  These ecosystems run along the edge of our closest Wolf Pack territory so we can monitor for pack expansion.

Along the way, you will learn how to track animals, use wild edible and medicinal plants for healthy travel, and travel with guides who know how to survive in the wilderness without modern gear and technology.


Open and geared for ages 18-26 with no prerequisite, although others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past may apply, and teens may also be accepted in the Teen Leadership & Backcountry Conservation overnight camp running simultaneously.

Course Goals and Skills:

The primary goal of this session is to prepare participants to be future outdoor leaders.  Much of our time will be spent discussing safety, education, and how to create a successful expedition.  In addition, participants will learn:

Course Itinerary:

The itinerary for this expedition includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Sunday: Travel into the Yakima Canyon near Ellensburg, WA where we will get oriented and start our expedition; your group will find its first waypoint this evening and set up an efficient camp.

Monday: Pack camp and prepare for the day’s hike; navigate out of the canyon and travel cross-country to a waypoint on a high ridge. Your group will have the option of following that ridge toward the mountains, using stars to guide you at night, and/or complete your journey the next morning at a location that is one of the best known birding sites in Washington State.

Tuesday: Backpack into the pine forests of the North Cascades wilderness focusing on wild edible and medicinal plants.

Nighttime Navigation!

Wednesday: Your group can decide whether you would like to skirt rural areas while hiking, or get a ride to the trailhead entering the Teanaway Wolf Pack territory.

Thursday: Leave our packs at our wilderness camp and hike lightly through wolf country in search of wolves at higher elevations.

Friday: Backpack out; report findings to ranger station; and return to Ellensburg, North Bend, Seattle, and Puyallup for celebratory meals and stories.

Our schedule is somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity.

Course Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on hand all week directing our professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum or better student-instructor ratio critical for  high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997!

Location, Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click for Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 Sunday meet us at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area Campground in the Yakima Canyon which is 11.5 miles south of Interstate 90 on Canyon Road; or use our transportation – 2:00 in North Bend $30; or 1:30 Bellevue $40; or 1:00 Seattle Amtrak $50; or 1:00 Puyallup $50; or 12:30 SeaTac Airport $60.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: 2:00-3:00 PM Friday at Umtanum Campground; or use our transportation options – Friday 4:30 in North Bend $30; or Friday 5:00 in Bellevue $40; or Friday 5:15 Seattle Amtrak $50; or Friday 6:00-9:00 in Puyallup $60; or Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.


$695 if you register by March 20th, or $715 by April 30th, or $725 by June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. Cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including survival knife, firesteel or field guide depending on topic.  The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and  stayover choices.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!

Scholarships: Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add to your camp Microsoft Word or PDF registration form the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

Register Now for Summer 2017:

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.

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Course Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions