How to Not Get Lost in the Woods

Participants will learn the pathfinding techniques from an experienced backpacker.

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area

Cost: $60 - $75

Age limit: 18+

Categories: Trail Event


The Art of Pathfinding involves learning how to read the trails, understand the local topography, connect with the natural world and go deeper in your relationship with unseen world around us as it is embodied in our local Santa Barbara Backcountry.

Through this class you will learn skills and awareness that will allow you to remove the word lost from vocabulary. This class is not about being a survivalist or living off the land, but rather about learning how to see the land as a more familiar place and how to read the trails so that you can find your way anywhere.

This two-day workshop will take place in the Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area and make use of the Blue Canyon and Mono Trails. The trails are mostly level and average three miles each. There will plenty of time to hike each trail.

The class is structured such that people wanting to car camp in the area will have the opportunity to do so, as well as have some time for their own exploring – including the nearby Agua Caliente Hot Springs.

For more information regarding the workshop, the location and the details please contact (805) 564-6946 or

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 Trail Quest, the weekly hiking column in the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Phone: 805-564-6946

Event posted Nov. 7, 2012
Last updated Nov. 7, 2012


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