Pack Clinic/Trail Obstacle Challenge

In the past, the Redwood Unit’s has put on the Packing Clinic at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds (Ferndale). We have switched gears in recent years to put on a Trail Obstacle Challenge instead. One day, we may migrate back to the Pack Clinic.

In the spring, the Redwood Unit’s puts on the Trail Obstacle Challenge at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds (Ferndale).

We strive to create an arena full of obstacles that simulate something you might actually encounter in the backcountry. A participant will encounter wild animals, deep forests, downed trees, water crossings, and more!

Like its predecessor, the Pack Clinic, the Trail Obstacle Challenge includes educational aspects. Sometimes the BLM is able to travel with adoptable equines to join our event. We also have a snack bar to feed volunteers, participants and guests.

View pictures of past Trail Obstacle Challenges here.

Every February the Redwood Unit’s finest gathered to put on the Packing Clinic at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds (Ferndale).

Saturday is the actual Pack Clinic, which is open to the public with free admission. The Pack Clinic offers demonstrations on many backcountry skills, including balancing a load, tying knots, dutch oven cooking, highline set up, and much more.

We usually have a horse trainer, trail challenge, BLM wild horse/burro adoption or other event along with the Pack Clinic. This varies by year.

The raffle is on Saturday only. The snack bar is open all days of the pack clinic. Both the raffle and the snack bar are a fundraiser to help offset the costs of putting on the pack clinic.

View pictures from past Clinics here!

See the Newsletter for more information about the next Pack Clinic!