- To Foster a solitary Backcountry expedition.
- To mitigate the exposure to human contact.
The practice is comprised of two methodologies. The application of soft/interpersonal skills and the utilization of hard/technical backcountry skill sets. These are experiential learning processes that must be learned in the field through repetition.
- Spend weeks and months by oneself
- Self assessment and diagnosis of ailments
- Separation from the frontcountry
- Not use any electronic devices including shooting photographs
- Forgo family celebrations and crisis
- Completely commit to said trek (this is especially important now, for you may not be able to safely travel back to your home if you decide to stop)
- Speak clearly and nonviolently to non-trail communities
- Hike for at least two days without food or water
- Forgo any hitchhiking, restaurants, showers, laundry, stores, social media, contact to family and friends, and hot meals.
Hard/Technical Backcountry Skillset
- Interpret a map, not just an app
- Interpret a compass
- Delineate between high/low, buggy/non-buggy, warm/cold, windy/not windy, wet/dry, topography, Flora and fauna, windward/leeward, solely based on the observations from a map.
- Stay found using map and compass through bushwack and cross-country trails.
- Find the purest water sources in the event a filter fails
- Triangulate with map and compass
- Sketch elevation profiles
- Identify and harvest native plants
- Field repair all gear
- Essentially avoid all human contact except for a once a week grab box at the post office with protective gear.