registration is now closed. we look forward to seeing ticket holders and all access pass holders who have rsvpd (and if you are an all access pass holder who wants to come but hasn't yet sent your rsvp, just call dan at 417 844 5834 - we will have room for you but you must let us know you are coming).
the easiest way to make your outdoor performance better and safer ...
while saving you tons of money!
Join Hiking the Ozarks Founder, Dan Nash, for the premier gear and equipment class for any hiker, backpacker or outdoor enthusiast. Learn how to stay warm and dry, save yourself time and money and become your own expert on outdoor gear ... instead of relying on a salesperson in an outdoor store or some unknown person on line. 
become your own gear expert
Your gear is your FIRST line of defense ...
Most people head into the outdoors without any understanding of why their gear is CRITICAL to their safety and their performance. Proper gear will also make you more comfortable when the going gets tough in harsh weather, and help you get the most out of your outdoor experiences. 

We will go into detail on boots, socks, base layers, soft shells, hard shells, tents, water filters, stoves and other gear and equipment, and have plenty of examples so you learn how to save yourself a ton of money and wasted time with crappy gear. 


This is not your typical 1-hour gear class taught at most outdoor stores ...
Join Dan Nash, Hiking the Ozarks Founder
Dan Nash founded Hiking the Ozarks in 2007 and grew up exploring the Ozark Mountains; its thousands of miles of beautiful and rugged terrain was the playground his father introduced to him and his brothers. He has led expeditions, backpacked, hiked and rock climbed in 14 countries. 

As President of Hiking the Ozarks, Dan coordinates and leads the company's various education and guiding programs. He has tested and reviewed gear for dozens of companies and provided hundreds of written and video gear reviews for major publications. Unlike too many other gear testers, Dan tests gear out in the field ... during backpacking trips and / or on mountains around the world. 

Dan is also the Founder & President of Satori Adventures & Expeditions, an international guiding and mountaineering company with affiliates in Nepal and South America, which provides dozens of hiking, backpacking and mountaineering expeditions in over 20 countries.  Satori, based right here in Southwest Missouri, is the only company that operates on all 8,000 meter peak mountains around the world
reserve your seat
Bring whatever gear you'd like evaluated ...
Dan will have a variety of gear and clothing at the class to help you learn about different fabrics and fill materials, as well as the best layering methods. You may also bring your own gear if you'd like him to evaluate it or have specific questions about it. This will make your purchasing decisions a million times better saving you a ton of money. 

Advanced registration is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED AND DOOR REGISTRATION IS NOT PERMITTED. All Access Pass holders are guaranteed a spot but you MUST let us know you are attending class at least 48 hours prior to class. 


why do it?
Unfortunately, too many gear reviews are conducted by people who don't actually test gear in the outdoors ... or at all. Advertising dollars dictate ratings ...
... and there's a lot of bad information out there. 
Which ends up keeping you from getting the best gear at the best price. 
While there is some gear you really shouldn't skimp on, there are plenty of areas where the most expensive is not necessarily the best. Learn what is best for your specific requirements, fitness needs and budget. 
you'll be shocked!
Students walk out of the Gear + Equipment class amazed at how much a one-day class can save them ...
Be a smart gear snob ... (it's a good thing to be!)
having the right stuff for your activities and circumstances is powerful
Outdoor gear is fun. Besides all the important reasons you need to know gear ... you'll look like you know what you're doing, too!
Talking gear and seeing what's out there will never tire you. And in no time, you'll end up being a "gear snob" ... and that's not a bad thing :)
→ class location
Chadwick, MO @ 9 am Central
Confirmed guests will be provided exact location prior to class. You may always call Dan with any questions at 417 844 5834.
gear is your first line of defense
Take the opportunity to learn gear so you stay safe out there, perform to your maximum ability, save money ...
and look like a pro with the right gear.
each student should bring
* ​​Water, lunch and snacks (although we will break for lunch if you'd like to run out and get a quick lunch nearby)
​Materials for taking notes
​* Any of your gear that you'd like evaluated.
you asked
We answered ...
Are there any refunds, or can I pay for a portion of the class?
There are no refunds and, while you can choose to attend all or a portion of the class, the fee is a one-time flat fee. If you register and cannot attend class for any reason, YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED A REFUND. But we will miss you. 
Is there a discount for families or children?
No. We feel the value of these potentially life-saving skills delivered in this all-day class is well worth the relatively low cost. Although children of all ages are welcome, this class is more suitable for youth able to sit through a full day in the classroom. 
can i send my child under 17?
ALL CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 17 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN FOR THE FULL COURSE OF THE CLASS. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. But otherwise children are most welcome assuming you judge the experience suitable to them. 
What do I need to bring?
Bring along water and food to keep you happy during the day (although you may choose to run out for a quick lunch during the lunch break), a notebook and writing utensil as well as whatever gear you'd like to bring along in the event you have questions about it or would like Dan to take a look at it for evaluation purposes. WE WILL ALSO HAVE COLD WATER AVAILABLE IF YOU NEED A REFILL. Daniela may also have a treat for you.  
what is different about this class compared to other outdoor gear classes?
Some outdoor shops will offer in-store demonstrations and instruction that feature the gear they sell. Those instructions are generally limited in scope, and you cannot be certain that the instructors are those who have actually used the gear they are teaching you about! Remember, they are selling you products. We, instead wish to educate you so that you can determine what is best for you and at a minimum know the right questions to ask to make smart buying choices that will keep you safe and comfortable in the outdoors.
i can't make it on April 18. Will the class be held again?
The Gear + Equipment class happens only ONCE PER YEAR! We hope you can make it :)
bring your skills to life
Be the master in the outdoors you've imagined yourself being.
Gear and equipment is the often overlooked first line of defense ...
Advance registration is required.
Outdoor education is not just for the most serious backpackers who spend weeks out in the woods. It's for everyone. Besides, the skills you learn in your outdoor education will give you far more than you bargained for. 

Take advantage of learning from one of the best outdoor education instructors in the Midwest (probably the world) and reserve your spot now.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There is no door registration and if you have an All Access Pass, please let us know if you plan to come via email at or call Dan at 417 844 5834. 


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