MT. TAM camping + WFA certification
october 23 - 25
physical activity rating:
easy to moderate
- Get certified in Wilderness First Aid with the awesome staff of Ready SF, learning how to prepare for the unexpected
- Teach and learn camp set-up and break-down, fire-starting, camp cooking, and Leave No Trace principles
- Explore Mt. Tamalpais' gorgeous trails in between WFA classroom sessions
- Hang, laugh, and learn with a posse of inspiring women
- Unplug: no emails, no cell phones (except to take pictures, of course)
- 10% of your trip cost goes back to Mt. Tam State Park, to preserve and protect it for future generations
About Wilderness First Aid
In this fast-paced and hands-on course, you will learn how to prepare for the unexpected. In just two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. The course includes 16 hours of learning - 8 hours on each weekend day - including lectures and practical scenarios.
Everyone has different work schedules and commutes, so Friday activities are staggered. For those can get out early, we'll meet at Alice Eastwood Group Campsite on Mt Tam at 2:30pm and unwind with a 4-5 mile afternoon hike. For those who need to stay in the office until the 5pm bell, we'll begin Outdoor Skills Office Hours at 6:30pm, followed by dinner prep, wine, feasting, and s'mores around the campfire.
[For those with significant Friday night commitments who prefer to arrive Saturday morning, please reach out to us directly. Mavens must be present for all 16 hours of WFA coursework to receive certification.]
We'll kick things off with French-press coffee and hearty breakfast before diving into Day 1 of Wilderness First Aid at 8:30am. After four hours of morning classes, we'll break for lunch and to stretch our legs with at 3.5 mile hike that dips into nearby Muir Woods. We'll continue after lunch with four hours of afternoon learning. Post-class, we'll cook up another delicious meal and relax with wine around the campfire.
After breakfast and coffee, we'll kick off Day 2 of Wilderness First Aid instruction at 8:30am, covering advanced topics like dislocation reduction and epinephrine administration. We'll break in the middle of the day for lunch, break down our campsite, and complete our last afternoon of WFA instruction. Classwork will wrap up no later than 6:30pm.
- All Mt. Tamalpais State Park admission/campsite fees.
- Wilderness First Aid certification course.
- Guided, hands-on instruction and facilitation.
- Meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch), snacks, and wine/bourbon.
- Shared items: tents, stoves, cookware, fuel, plates, utensils, and camp chairs, lanterns, basic First Aid, firewood.
- Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and headlamp are provided at no additional cost for any woman who does not have her own.
+ ACCOMMODATIONS & food
You probably already knew this, but we'll be sleeping in two- or three-person tents. Plan to share your tent with 1-2 other trip participants.
We are strong believers in delicious food to fuel adventure, and take care to create healthy, tasty menus (think oatmeal and berries before a big hike, or zucchini mushroom burritos for dinner). We're happy to plan around our vegetarian and vegan Trail Mavens. Gluten-intolerant? We've got you covered! However, because planning gluten-free meals requires us to shift our plans for the entire group, we ask you note it during registration only if it presents a health issue for you, rather than an inclination.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Mt Tam. For trip participants coming from the Bay Area, Trail Mavens will make every effort to coordinate carpools leaving from a central SF location. Each passenger will contribute to their driver to cover gas, wear, and tear (not included in trip investment). If we do not have enough drivers, Mavens may need to band together to rent a car for the weekend.
Plan to book flight arriving in the Bay Area no later than Friday afternoon, and departing no earlier than 10pm on Sunday night, or Monday morning.
Wondering where to stay? We recommend trying an Airbnb.
+ cancellation policy
Should you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, Trail Mavens is able to offer refunds at the following rates:
- 30+ days prior to trip departure date: 100% of trip cost refunded minus a $25 processing fee.
- 14-29 days prior to trip departure: 25% of trip cost refunded.
- 1-13 days prior to trip departure: No refunds.