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WPO's Outdoor Skills Classes

Hone your outdoor skills and learn some new ones with our FREE classes. This year, our classes will be taught virtually via Zoom. Materials will be available for pickup at the store! All ages are welcome. 

To sign up, please call the store 828-865-1100 or email us at 


New class: Backpacking Basics

Learn how to properly pack your pack, meal tips, bear hang tricks and more backpacking skills. At Waypoint, backpacking is one of our favorite outdoor activities. We are excited to share our tips and tricks! All ages welcome. 

When: Wednesday, February 17th @ 5pm • Virtually via Zoom


Previous classes: 

Map and Compass Basics

Learn how to use a compass, map vocabulary, dive into topography, understand magnetic declination and how to plot/follow your bearings.  Bring your compass if you’d like to practice with your own gear -or- use one of ours.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 4th @ 5pm 

Land Navigation

In Land Navigation, we will review basic map and compass skills and how to measure/plot bearings. Practice your skills with situational, hands-on activities. Learn how to navigate with the essentials. Basic compass and map skills required. 

When: Thursday, Nov. 12th @ 5pm

Knots I:

Learn how to tie essential knots for the outdoors and how to use them.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 18th @ 5 pm

Knots II:

With a basic understanding of essential knots, learn how to tie more complex knots and how to use them. 

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2nd @ 5 pm

Leave No Trace

Learn the 10 Leave No Trace principles and how to follow them. Leave No Trace training help to instill an outdoor ethic in all those who enjoy spending time outdoors. 

When: Thursday, Dec. 10th @ 5 pm