If you've ever felt
like backpacking (as opposed to how others felt after), here's a great
opportunity to try it. Liz Guertin and I are teaching a series of
three classes for beginners or non, followed by a two-night, fairly easy trip to
beautiful False Cape State Park (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fal.shtml).
(I've never been there, but that's how it's been described to me.) The trip will
be in mid-May mostly for fun, but it will also allow us to put what we
learned into practice, and give you an valid excuse for taking a day off work.
Note that each class is independent (you can go to none, any, or all). The trip
is optional and very limited in capacity, but people who attend the class will
be given first dibs.
Each class is $10
(cheap!). To register for any or all, contact Liz ([address removed]; 202/[masked]); the
cost is payable by check or PayPal. You must be 16 or older.
Class Act I,
Basic Backpacking Gear and How to Use It, (this week!) Saturday, March 7, 1-4
pm: Major topics will include tents, sleeping gear, cooking gear,
first-aid kit, water filter, footwear, clothing, backpacks, and
navigation aids (GPS, maps, compass). We will provide information on different
types of gear and your options when purchasing gear. We will demonstrate how to
fit a backpack (so as not to walk funny), operate a gas-stove, and operate a
water filter. We will send you home with a gear-list you can use to plan your
next trip! The class will be held at the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601
Connecticut Av, NW, across form the Avalon Theater, but I'm sure you can
Google), 0.7 miles from Friendship Heights Metro (go NE on Western Av and right
on McKinley St).
Class Act II, Planning a Backpacking Trip,
Sunday, March 29, 1-4
pm: Learn about trip selection, route planning, using GPS & maps to plan, "Leave No Trace" basics, and emergency planning. We will take
you through actual multi-day trips we've planned. We will send you home with
trip-planning checklists that you can use to plan your next trip! Location is TBD, but will be convenient to the DC
Class Act III, What to
Eat on a Backpacking Trip, Saturday, April 18, 1-3 pm: Food can be a complicated matter when
planning a trip. Learn the basics of meal
planning and how to cook it in the wilderness. We'll take you through the basic
meals for a multi-day trip; discuss water planning and treatment; and provide
tips for making your meals delicious and fun! (I'm hungry already.) Location is TBD, but will be convenient to the DC
On our last hike, a funny thing
happened on our way back from the Washington Monument to Greenbrier State
Park--we ran into a lost young Beagle with no tags. She is being cared for by
Melissa while waiting to see if anyone claims her, and hoping no one does.
Melissa named her Lady Jane Greenbrier. See Kim's photos (http://tinyurl.com/dkx55h) of Lady Jane and the hikers, all very