Welcome to Course 6 - Wilderness Travel

"Wilderness Travel" is the sixth course in our Backpacking 101 lecture series. You now have a strong grasp on all the types of clothing and gear used in the outdoor world as well as how to plan and navigate your backpacking trip. Now its time to develop the skills and knowhow you will need to travel through what ever terrain the backcountry will throw at you. In this course we will cover the proper skills and techniques used in wilderness travel and how to handle different obstacles and terrain.

In this course we will cover all the essentials of traversing through the wilderness so that you can have greatest chance for a safe and successful trip. These essentials include; basic routefinding and how it applies when your on the trail, hiking techniques to maximize your energy levels, how to utilize the rest step, how to travel as a group, how to deal with wildlife on the trail, traversing through snow, brush, scree, and other harsh terrain, and river crossing techniques. The course is outlined as such:

  1. Routefinding Skills
  2. Traveling
  3. Wildlife
  4. Off Trail Travel - Traversing Harsh Terrain


Course Curriculum

  Introduction
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  Course Documents for Wilderness Travel
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  Routefinding Skills
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  Traveling
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  Wildlife
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  Off Trail Travel - Traversing Harsh Terrain
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Hi, I’m your instructor, Jeremiah Pastor


The “Bullfrog” is one of the founders of AcadianX Outdoor Adventures and its Lead Expedition Guide. Inspired by his love of adventure he continues to explore his world and pass on what he has learned through a lifetime of wilderness ventures. Jeremiah is a former Navy SEAL and a veteran of the deep sea diving industry. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been trained in advanced field medical practices at the Special Operations Medical Training Course in Ft. Bragg, NC. In addition he is an expert in expedition planning and navigation and is responsible for most of the trips taken on by AcadianX.

Jeremiah has successfully guided multi-day backpacking adventures to places such as the Grand Canyon NP, Yellowstone NP, Yosemite NP, The Everglades NP, Death Valley NP, Zion NP, and Glacier NP just to name a few. He possesses world class leadership skills and loves to teach others the joy of exploring their world. His most memorable experiences are when he takes his teenage daughter on his adventures with him because the memories they create together will last a lifetime.

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Wilderness Travel

A backpacking course on the skills and techniques needed to travel through the backcountry.

Video Lectures, Comprehensive Resources, & Reinforcing Quizzes


This course is loaded with video lectures and demonstrations that go into great detail on the subjects covered. With each lecture are also detailed text that will give you a comprehensive view of each piece of clothing and equipment that we review. You will also be given access to downloadable gear lists and gear suggestions to help you start building your own gear loadout for your next adventure.

Learn Online & At Your Own Pace


This course is set up to be delivered in an online format when ever you are ready. Simply login and begin your session. You can pause and take breaks at any time or come back to it another day. This is a self pace study program so you can complete is as fast or as slow as you like.

Learn the Skills Needed to Move Through the Backcountry Like a Pro!

Most of the techniques and skills in wilderness travel are picked up as you build your experience in the backcountry. Based on that, the most important thing I have learned on this subject is "Situational Awareness" coupled with an understanding of nature and the terrain. Camping out in the backcountry is one thing but getting from the trailhead to your campsite is entirely another matter. Wilderness travel is the art of getting there – along trails, around brush, across rock, over snow, and through steams.  Mastering the skills of wilderness travel will open the world to your adventure portfolio. In this course we will cover all the essentials in wilderness travel so that you can have greatest chance for a safe and successful trip.