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Survival backpacking seminar slated

Wilderness specialist Lee Bergthold will lead a survival backpacking seminar 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at Antelope Valley College's Board Room, Student Services Building Room 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Lee Bergthold
Lee Bergthold

Cost of the seminar is $40, plus a $10 materials fee payable at the class. It is sponsored by the college's Corporate and Community Education program.

Anyone interested in general backpacking or mountaineering is encouraged to attend. The seminar is a prerequisite for persons planning to sign up for summer trips led by Bergthold, but which are separate from college sponsorship.

The seminar prepares individuals for the unexpected in the backcountry, how to plan and prepare for a weekend outing or up to 10-day trips at high elevations and desert.

People will learn about basics of gear and equipment, medical problems, animals, weather, safety, isolation, morale, food preparation, water sources, fitness and more. The seminar is open to people of all ages, from amateur to experienced.

Bergthold is a former Marine Corps survival instructor who has been involved with outdoor survival techniques for 45 years. He is founder and director of the Center for Wilderness Studies and past director for special outdoor projects with the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Attendees should bring a notepad. There will be a one-hour lunch break. For enrollment information call 722-6300, ext. 6584.

Upon request three business days before the event, reasonable accommodation will be provided to facilitate the participation of covered individuals with disabilities. Call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay).