november, 2017

03novallday05alldayWilderness First Aid Course & Backpacking AdventureActivity:Backpacking,CourseLevel:ModerateDays:3Capacity:18Availability:Cancelled


november 3 (Friday) - 5 (Sunday)


Sturtevant Camp

Chantry Flat Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

Event Details

Update: As of 10/6, this course has been cancelled, as we did not meet our minimum capacity deadline. If you would like to get notified next time we offer this course, please subscribe to our newsletter. Thanks for your support!

Imagine yourself on the trail with a group of friends, and answer the following truthfully: Do you know how to react if someone gets bit by a rattlesnake or has an allergic reaction to a bee sting? What if someone sprains an ankle or cuts their hand? Don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare yourself for the unexpected!

Join us in the San Gabriel Mountains to learn the skills you need to care for others who may become ill or injured on a day hike, backpacking trip or whatever brings you outdoors. We have partnered with Wilderness Leadership Institute to host our 2nd annual Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification Course at historic Sturtevant Camp.

A 4-mile backpacking trip from Chantry Flat will bring you to Sturtevant Camp, established in 1893 by Wilbur Sturtevant. Of the 5 resorts built here during the “Great Hiking Era” of the 1880’s through the early 1930’s, only Sturtevant still remains. Help us preserve this local treasure for future generations by spending the weekend with us!

Fast paced and hands-on, the 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who enjoy or work in the outdoors. The curriculum designed Wilderness Medical Associates is recognized industry-wide, and the CPR Certification is valid for 3 years. Classroom lectures are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to apply your knowledge.

This course is not just for outdoor professionals. No previous first aid training or backpacking experience is required. Limited spots available for this potentially life-saving weekend, so sign up today!

Included With Every Shoestring Adventure

  • Earn your Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification in the field
  • Learn from WLI instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience
  • Explore the San Gabriel Mountains under the nose of Mount Wilson

Included With Every Shoestring Adventure

  • Experienced Wilderness First Responder/CPR Certified trip leader
  • A supportive community of Shoestring Warriors
  • Gourmet camp meals by Chef Emily
  • Shoestring Triptographer Mike Struna will tag along to document the trip, so you can stay in the moment
  • Edited photos within 3 weeks after your trip ends
  • Shoestring Warrior Adventure Kit with curated souvenirs
  • Tuition and reservations

Your Journey

  • Day 1: Meet at Chantry Flat by 8am for 4-mi hike-in to Sturtevant Camp. Upon arrival, we’ll jump right into the course with a break for lunch. After dinner, we’ll enjoy s’mores and board games in the fireplace room.
  • Day 2: After breakfast, the course continues with a full day of learning and hands-on scenarios. After dinner, join us for a fun game to test your skills, followed by an optional stargazing hike.
  • Day 3: You’re not done yet! After breakfast, you will have a few more lessons, followed by lunch and graduation ceremony. After camp clean-up, you can hike 4-mi back the way you came, or continue the 10.6-mi loop via Mount Zion.

* Schedule subject to change due to weather, camper ability/injury, natural events or park restrictions. Shoestring Warriors should be in good physical shape, but we will hike at an easy pace and take breaks as needed.

Your Trip Leader

Heather currently works as a Residence Director at a university and is aspiring to work full time as a life coach, offering healing and rejuvenating outdoor activities to others. She runs a hiking group called The Climb: Hiking Is Healing. One of her most meaningful trips was backpacking the John Muir Trail solo. She is so thankful to be a part of the Shoestring Adventures family and looks forward to getting to know you! LEARN MORE


We will be staying in the group cabins at Sturtevant Camp. Each cabin sleeps 8 and has heat and electricity during evening hours. Common facilities include a dining hall, fireplace room, commercial kitchen, and separate bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. Activities include zip line, ping-pong, badminton, giant rope swing, board games, volleyball, horseshoes, tetherball, croquet and unlimited hiking.


  • Wilderness First Aid tuition and learning materials
  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR Certified Trip Leader
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 3-day/2-night accommodations at Sturtevant Camp
  • S’mores and warm beverages
  • Group photographer to document the trip, so you can stay in the moment
  • Edited images 3 weeks after your trip ends

Not Included

  • Transportation is not included. We will help facilitate carpools for the group after you register.
  • Though bedding is provided in the cabins, backpackers may prefer to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow case. Convenient gear rentals are available from our partner Adventure 16.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for trip leader and photographer
  • Adventure Pass for trailhead parking

What to Bring / Gear List

After registration, you will receive a Welcome Kit with a customized packing list. In the meantime, get started with our Backpacking Packing List.

Health & Safety

We take extra measures to ensure your safety and maximum level of fun. All Shoestring Adventures trip leaders hold Wilderness First Responder/CPR, Leave No Trace and Food Handling certifications. In remote destinations, we carry a DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger to contact authorities in case of emergency.

On the trail, we encourage campers to stay together, wear sun protection and stay hydrated. We minimize risk by keeping groups together while hiking, encouraging everyone to drink water and apply sunscreen, and making sure we’re prepared with gear appropriate to weather and our activities.


Every camper must sign a Liability Waiver & Media Release. Please read our FAQ for more information and our cancellation policy.

Registration & Payment

Join the Shoestring Adventures Club for early-access to register for events and special perks. If you become a member today, you will receive an email with instructions to access the Member rate. We don’t ever want finances to keep you from experiencing a Shoestring Adventure. For custom payment plans, please email

  • Members: $435
  • Early Bird: $495 (Ends October 6)
  • Regular: $550


“While I was really excited to take the wilderness first aid class with Shoestring Adventures, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive and nervous going into it. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect because I have never had CPR or first aid training of any kind. I was so pleasantly surprised by the class. Our instructor, Hewitt, was extremely knowledgable and approachable if we had any questions or needed help. The class was broken up into lecture time and “scenarios,” where we had to put what we had learned into practice and occasionally do a little improvising. We each took turns being the injured or ill victim and the rescuer, having to diagnose and save the victims. While this might seem a little nerve-wracking or high pressure to some, it was actually one of the most fun and helpful parts of the class. It is what helped build my confidence the most- and if anyone was struggling, Hewitt was right there to help us all out. Hewitt lightened the pressure by coming up with ridiculously funny stories to set the scenes for our accidents and let us act it out with fake blood and wounds. Alyx and the Shoestring Adventures team were very hospitable and made it such a great trip, with ample time for socializing, games, and tons of great food and company. I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable trip, and now I’m proud to say that I’m WFA certified!” – Rachel

“The Wilderness First Aid Course was an awesome experience! I’m a nurse, so I deal with medical things often, but even I learned a lot about how to work in the wilderness setting. Huge boost of confidence gained during those 3 days. Plus Alyx takes care of all the logistics, so it’s almost like all the fun of camping served on a platter without you worrying about anything. It’s a great learning environment and the camaraderie is incredible, too.” – Sara

“I had taken standard CPR and First Aid training in the past through work, but I was excited to have an opportunity to learn wilderness first aid.  I have always been a careful hiker, and generally go with groups, but I felt it was important to understand the differences in preparation for the wilderness setting.  There were certainly some key things that should be done differently, and I would never have known them without the course.  Our WFA instructor was awesome, easy to work with, and made classes and exercises very engaging.  I walked away with tips on packing my first aid kit properly, planning my trip with understanding of where the nearest rescue resources are located, and most importantly, the knowledge I needed to confidently handle stressful situations in nature, even if hiking on my own.” – John

“I had a wonderful experience with Shoestring Adventures, Wilderness First Aid. I have had First Aid classes in the past, but this was the most fun. With lots of scenarios in the right setting for it. I learned so much about how much can go wrong in an outdoor setting. The instructor was very knowledgeable, experienced and had great stories to share. He made the time great there. The accommodations were wonderful. Clean cabins and the food was healthy, clean and fresh. Great way to gain knowledge and meet the new friends. Thank you for the experience.” – Mireya

“Incredible experience with an amazing group of people! Having the understanding of how to handle threatening situations in a wilderness setting is so invaluable. From the course, the instructor, group of people, the food and a weekend in the woods–it was incredible!” – Alix

“Long term, I want to become a trip leader/outdoor guide so I figured getting my Wilderness First Aid certification would be a great step. Honestly, my favorite part of the course was doing all the hands on activities with like-minded people. Lots of fun and lots of laughs!” – Nate

“I’ve been an avid outdoorsman for a few years now working my way up from day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips.  The thought that always lingered in the back of my mind was always the “what if” factor. What if i get hurt, someone I’m with gets hurt, we find someone who is hurt and needs assistance? Thats what made me join Shoestring Adventures on their wilderness first aid course to have that peace of mind on the trail. The course was fast-paced and very informative, which was great for my busy work schedule. The instructor was helpful, attentive and had tons of patience for all of our questions. The location was amazing too, Sturtevant Camp is an amazing place on its own to stay and was a great place to learn. I’d have a hard time not going back to get my recertification in a few years. Learn, be safe, adventure on! – Ari


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