Apr 12, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Lecture & Field Day April 12 (9AM - 5 PM) at Island Lake State Rec Area
Practical Weekend Apr 25-Apr 27 at Pinckney State Rec Area
Do you ever experience sore feet, blisters, an aching back, or throbbing shoulders when you hike? Are you unable to hike more than a short or moderate distance each day? Do you feel exhausted at the end of a day's hiking?
These may all be signs that your pack is too heavy!
The Lightweight Backpacking class will discuss and practice ways to lighten your pack. These will range from picking lighter weight alternatives to traditional, heavy gear, to identifying items that are luxury "wants" better left behind.
A lighter pack will mean you can hike more comfortably and better enjoy your backpacking trips. You may also be able to tackle more challenging trips or routes with longer miles each day.
Students will receive a copy of the book, "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips" by Mike Clelland, as well as handouts compiled by the class instructors to supplement what's presented during the class.
During the class, each student will have an opportunity to create a simple, ultralight alcohol stove as well as a reflectix cozy for "freezer bag" style cooking.
During the practical, students will spend two nights backpacking in the Pinckney State Recreation Area, where they will have an opportunity to practice their lightweight skills. Students will rely on ultralight stoves for their cooking needs and have an opportunity to sleep in a lightweight shelter.
Students must have previously taken a beginner backpacking class. If you have not taken a fundamentals class but feel you have equivalent experience, you may contact the lead instructor for evaluation.