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Beginner Backpacking Trip

  • Jun 1, 2012 · 9:00 AM

This 2-night trip (Jun 1-3, $15) is designed for beginners, with shorter daily mileage and a reasonable elevation profile, enabling students to test out gear, and practice techniques and planning. The trip will probably be to Shenandoah National Park.

The trip is part of a Beginner Backpacking series and is preceded by two classes:

The first class (May 13, 5-8:30 pm, $25) covers basic gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bags & pads, boots, clothing, etc) and cooking gear (stoves, water filters) & food. We'll provide tips on fitting, buying, usage, and packing light, and hands-on demonstrations.

The second class (May 27, 5-8:30 pm, $20) teaches how to plan a trip, including trip selection, route planning and use of maps/GPS, Leave No Trace basics, water planning (purification options & need), first-aid kits, and emergency planning.

Both classes will be held in the Civic Building, downtown Silver Spring.

Check for more information in late April or contact leaders. Attendance for classes and trip is limited and requires registration. (Contact Liz to register.)

Leaders: Liz Guertin ([masked]) & Mike Darzi ([masked]).

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