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Sunday: How to plan a backpacking trip

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 2:41 PM

Hi,

 

We planned to plan it, then planned it, and now the planets are aligned, so we plan to have it, this Sunday, April 7, 5 to 8 pm—a plenary class on how to plan a backpacking trip. That’s the plan anyways.

 

This is the second of a three-part beginner backpack series. The first part was a class on backpacking gear and food. The third will be a two-night beginner backpacking trip to Shenandoah National Park on May 10-12. More about that and Mother’s Day later. (My word processor’s style guide says that the last sentence is a fragment, but it’s really a figment.) To answer your first two questions:

 

1. If you missed the first class, it’s a shame, but you may still take the second class like any first-class citizen. If you have questions about gear, we’ll still help you because we are nice and have nothing better to do.

 

2. If you come to the second class, you do not have to come on the trip, but we doubt you’ll find something as much fun to do on those days. Anyway, you’ll have plenty of time to think about it.

 

In this next (middle) class, we’ll learn about trip selection, route planning, mapping/GPS overview, interpreting topographic maps, “Leave No Trace” basics, and water planning including water purification options. We will cover first-aid kits (actually, we’ll uncover them) and emergency planning. We’ll also talk about the upcoming trip (if you’re going) and how to not get very excited.

 

Attendance is limited to people who want to take the class and who are 16 or older, or at least act that way. The cost is $25 (cash, check, PayPal) for expenses. The class will be held in the Bethesda Club Room, White Flint Station Condos, 11800B Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD, conveniently located one block from the White Flint Metro station and with free street parking.

 

If you plan (sorry) to attend, contact Liz ([address removed]).

 

Cheers,

Mike

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