Virtual UWild


A group of three hikers stand on a wooden bridge admiring the forest and swampland.

Join the UWild crew for virtual adventures through our new workshop series and one-off events! These fun and informative options are FREE and open to everyone. Stay connected to your community and learn new skills – or keep the ones you already know fresh – with the rec professionals on the UWild team.

*All events and workshops will be hosted over Zoom. Please click on class title to pre-register. Start times are in Pacific Time.


Fridays (through June 12):

1 – 2:30 p.m. Virtual Rock Refresher (90 min.) / Instructor: Nathan Page


Virtual Rock Refresher

This Rock Refresher course is designed specifically for UWild climbing course graduates! We will cover any topic from Basic Climbing to Crevasse Rescue Techniques. Come refresh technical skills, get some extra practice on skills you haven’t mastered yet, and settle your climbing queries with UWild instructor Nathan. If something feels a little rusty, he can help dust off some of the cob webs and provide guide feedback!

This class will be live-streamed at UWild’s indoor climbing instructional area, The Climbery. We will have all of the climber gear and anchors we could need to cover most technical climbing topics. No equipment is needed – but the more of your own gear you have with you, the better you can practice in real time at home.


These are one-time offerings hosted by Recreation staff. Click the blue link to register.

Monday, Apr. 20

11 a.m. Backcountry Coffee: Do’s & Don’ts (30 min.) / Instructor: Nathan Page

Getting sick of instant coffee and want to learn some ultralight and ultra-awesome basics of brewing on the go? Join UWild’s Nathan, climbing manager and resident coffee snob on mastering the AeroPress, plastic pour-over, cowboy coffee, and even dive into the mythical alpine coffee alternative – Yerba Mate?!

Wednesday, Apr. 22

4 p.m. Intro to Trail Running (30 min.) / Instructor: Nathan Page

Ready to take your running shoes off of pavement and on to the beautiful rocks and dirt of the PNW? This online discussion will outline some of the key differences between urban running and trail running. We will attempt to find the murky line between hiking quickly and trail running and how techniques from running and hiking inform trail running. We will cover questions like: what the heck is a running vest? How do you treat water on the go? What do you eat when you run all day? Nathan helps demystify trail running and discusses some of his favorite gear!

Friday, May 1:

3 p.m. DIY Alcohol Stoves (30 min.) / Instructor: Bryan Anderson

In this short webinar, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of making an ultralight alcohol stove. If you want to make your own stove you’ll need: two aluminum cans, a sharp knife or scissors, a permanent marker, a sewing awl (or a knife with a sharp point), and one penny.

Wednesday, May 6:

5 p.m. Paddling the San Juan Islands: Planning & Preparing for a Great Adventure! (60 min.) / Instructor: Bryan Anderson

Join the discussion to learn the ins and outs of planning a sea kayaking adventure in the San Juan Islands. UWild’s experienced staff will discuss the trip planning process, essential skills, and some of the gear you’ll need to explore Washington’s world class sea kayaking playground!

Tuesday, May 12:

3 p.m. Finding the Balance: Slackline Set-Up (60 min.) / Instructor: Nathan Page

What gear will you need for a primitive set-up? How about setting a line for 100 feet or longer? Climbing program manager and occasional “slacker” Nathan will discuss the basic requisite gear for slacklining and some tips and tricks for mastering the wobbly line.

Monday, May 18:

*RESCHEDULED* 5 p.m. Demysti(fly): Basics of Fly Fishing Equipment (30 min.) / Instructor: Matt Jensen

Please check back soon for the new day and time!

Demystify the jargon around fly fishing equipment and gain a better understanding of what is needed to start enjoying time on the water. Topics covered are rod lengths and weights, reels, and fly line design. We will also provide an overview of how a fly line is attached to a reel.

Thursday, May 21:

12 p.m. Gear Closet Workshop: What’s in Your Multi-Pitch Pack? (30 mins.) / Instructor: Nathan Page

Come check out what climbing program manager Nathan carries on all of his multi-pitch adventures and some of his favorite strategies for moving efficiently in the mountains! Live Q and A at the end of the session.

Cancelled: Wednesday, May 27:

4 p.m. Gear Overview: Basics of Mountain Bike Suspension (30 mins.) / Instructor: Matt Jensen

UWild staff will shed some light on the foundations of mountain bike suspension including: forks, shocks, types, springs, dampers, and dialing in your ride.

Monday, June 1:

12 p.m. Improvised Wilderness Medicine: The Art and Medicine Behind the Backcountry Splint (60 mins.) / Instructor: Nathan Page

The design and construction of improvised splints is a skill that we all can use some extra help with! Join this interactive session where we will review the basics of wilderness medicine splints and then tackle some challenging scenarios using the supplies and gear participants typically carry in the field. Participants are encouraged to bring as many splinting supplies as you typically carry while recreating.

Friday, June 5:

3 p.m. Transitioning from Backpacking to Bikepacking (45 min.) / Instructor: Matt Jensen

Learn the differences and similarities between backpacking and bikepacking. Take the backcountry tools you may already have and re-purpose them for travel by bike! The goal of this workshop is for you to feel empowered, knowing that many of the same systems and fundamentals of (ultra-light) backpacking apply equally effectively in bikepacking. We will show you how little new gear you really need to buy, while also recommending what gear to buy first as you upgrade to more of a dedicated bikepacking system.

Wednesday, June 10:

5 p.m. Building Out Your First Aid Kit: From Light and Fast to Expeditionary (30 min.) / Instructor: Nathan Page

“One size fits all” does not apply to first aid kits! Come join Nathan as he discusses how to trim your first aid kit down to the essentials for fast and light climbing and backpacking. You’ll also learn how to spruce up your kit to pack for longer trips from through-hikes to month-long expeditions!

Friday, June 12:

2 p.m. Hammock Hanging 101 (20 min.) / Instructor: Bryan Anderson

Hanging your backcountry hammock can be as simple or complex as you need it to be! Come learn several different ways to hang a hammock with UWild field programs manager Bryan as he breaks down essential knots, Leave No Trace considerations, and adjustability.

Cancelled: Friday, June 12:

A photo of a piece of rope tied in the monkey's fist knot

2 p.m. Know Your Knots: The Mysterious Monkey’s Fist! (20 min.)

Learn how and why one would want to tie this ancient and beautiful knot! The monkey’s fist is a officially a “decorative knot,” but has applications in rock climbing, kayaking, and rafting. It is an exceptionally symmetrical and beautiful knot to tie. Impress your friends and family by creating this unique knot!

*Keep in mind:

Your health and well-being are important to us at UW Recreation. The purpose of this disclaimer and notice is to make you conscious of the potential risks connected with any exercise, physical fitness, or training program, to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not you should participate in these types of activities.

UW Recreation recommends that you obtain a comprehensive physical examination and consult with a licensed physician before beginning this or any exercise program. When participating in this exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release UW Recreation from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising from the use of these video or livestream productions.


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