Backpacking 101 Class

  • March 3, 2013 · 1:00 PM
  • REI

For those of you signed up for the Beginner's Backpacking trips on April 6th and April 20th, we are conducting a Backpacking 101 class at the REI store in Brentwood. We will meet in the Community Room at the back of the store promptly at 1:00pm. Do not bring guests as we only have room for 40.

During this class we will be talking to you about things such as how to pack your backpack for maximum comfort, what equipment you will need, how to dress for the hike and what to expect for those two days.

 

PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO BE THERE! IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE RSVPS SO THAT SOME OF THOSE WAITING MAY ATTEND.

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  • Kenneth

    can you send all the handouts as an attachment on my e-mail? I forgot my papers at REI.

    March 17, 2013

    • Kerry

      Please email me at [masked] and I will send them to you.

      March 18, 2013

  • Kelly

    Great class! Wanted to share this with everyone. I bought one of the backpacks at REI after our class, and tonight, found last year's model (same brand, same size-just the 2012 closeout model) for $120 less on the REI Outlet website. Free shipping and I can return the one I bought and put that money toward more gear! If you haven't already done so, you may want to check out the outlet page of REI. :)

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Yes, Kelly! We mentioned this! I bought mine a Gregory Z65 for $129.00 on REI Outlet it's normally $379.00. It was last year's model! You really have to be thrifty when supplying yourself or it can get out of hand. Anything you buy from REI can be returned Outlet or not! I've been doing it for years!

      March 8, 2013

  • Jasmine Panchal

    Thank you to our hosts for your time and wisdom putting together this knowledgable session! We got some great tips and are looking forward to heading out on the trail with new friends sometime in the future!

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Zoila R

    class presentation and discussion was very informative .

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You guys rock! Cant wait to get to know you better!

    2 · March 4, 2013

  • Sandy

    Thank you Lisa, Kerry and Steve! Incredibly helpful information and your enthusiasm to help newbies learn about and have this experience is wonderful. Thanks so much

    3 · March 4, 2013

  • Lisa Presley

    Thanks to all who attended and all the kind comments. As Kerry said, it is our goal to help you get out and experience the wonders of the backcountry and the companionship that forms on the trail.

    Looking forward to these events.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Denise F.

    Thank you Lisa, Steve and Kerry. This was a fantastic class. Looking forward to this trip.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Zoila R

    Very informative class. .

    March 4, 2013

  • Jane Werner Herring

    How can I locate the sign up for The April 6 or 20? I know there is a long "trail" of names but doesn't hurt to try. Thx

    March 4, 2013

    • Kerry

      Go to the calendar for Nashville Hiking Meetup and look under April for the events on those dates to sign up. Inevitably people change their RSVP and anyone on the waiting list will move up. We will post other trips throughout the year as well that you will be able to join.

      March 4, 2013

  • Sara M.

    Fantastic class. Thanks so much!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Kenneth

    great and informative class! Thanks!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Kerry

    There are a few things we forgot to mention in today's class. We are all very passionate about backpacking. Once you get a few miles away from civilization and cell phone signals, the pure wilderness that surrounds you will refresh your soul. Nothing compares to taking as little as possible with you to the woods for a few days and leaving everything else behind. You will form a bond with people you backpack with that is like no other. You will witness things you'll never forget - like having a buck follow alongside your group in the snow heading up the trail or watching the sunrise over the valley below while the clouds dance across the lake. Don't let the prices of the brand new top of the line equipment scare you out of trying backpacking for the first time. It is ok to spend less to get more gear to start out. There are several websites you can buy or rent equipment from in addition to REI, especially if they are out of the gear you need. www.rentstuff.com and www.geartrade.com are just a few.

    3 · March 3, 2013

  • April Starks

    I learned so much in this class! Thank you!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all the presenters for putting in the time to help all of us rookies. I'm really looking forward to the trip!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Elisa I Duran

    I'm glad I went, it was very informative. I can't wait to go backpacking now.

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Wendy Earles

    Very informative. Thank you so much for providing class. I'm really looking forward to my first overnight trip.

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Dawn

    Good

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Steve Nunley

    Great audience! Lisa, Kerry and REI staff done a great job. A big thank you to everyone for coming!

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Susan Latherow Norwood

    The presenters, Lisa, Steve, Kerry and REI employees were well-prepared. The class was well-paced and supported with handouts. We were introduced to various types of gear(clothing, tents, sleeping bags and pads, stoves, camp food, etc.) Our teachers included information on stretches and exercises that would strengthen specific muscles used in hiking. What a good idea. I would hike with them anytime. Well-done! I love Lisa's philosophy that hiking shouldn't have to be so fast that you miss the sights because you're looking at your feet the whole time. I feel the same way!

    3 · March 3, 2013

  • Lisa Presley

    Awesome turn out!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Jane Werner Herring

    So friendly, thanks and the encouragement was positive.

    3 · March 3, 2013

  • Kenneth

    I forgot my papers at REI, anyone mind e-mailing them?

    March 3, 2013

    • Kerry

      We can definitely do that Kenneth.

      March 3, 2013

  • Dawn

    Thank you Steve, Kerry and Lisa for the class. It was very informative and packed with good info!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Giselle

    Have to cancel last minute too. RSVP'd No so spot will open for another.

    March 3, 2013

  • Karen

    Sorry to have to cancel last minute!

    March 3, 2013

  • Jane Werner Herring

    Thanks for making room--my goal is the Camino de Santiago this next year. Ive got the will but now I need the know how.

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • Deborah

      Hi, I watched the movie "The Way" and would be interested in doing this walk next year if anyone has same interest.

      March 1, 2013

    • Jim Meeks

      I'm interested, but I would have to plan for it very carefully. It takes 30-35 days, not counting travel days there and back.

      March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I picked up a cold so had best not attend. Have fun, lucky standby!

    February 28, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Michael are you on either of the hikes? If so, we will need to talk or email about equipment.

      February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lisa, I'm not on the wait list for either hike ... it was 39 members long at my last check. I'm open to talking about eqpt - I already have years of primitive camping experience but have only hiked in to a back country camp once. Thanks for asking!

      March 1, 2013

  • Jill

    Sorry, last minute conflict. I will not be able to make this.

    March 1, 2013

  • Deborah

    I will sady have to change my rsvp and apologize it's not sooner notice. I have been asked to travel for work and won't be able to drive to Nashville on Sunday. Hope someone can still take my place. Maybe you can share your notes!

    February 28, 2013

  • Eleanor (Ellie) Bauer

    Whaat if i am in the the store that day? Can I evesdrop? Ellie
    Used to camp-some At but not for a few years-new equipment up date interest. Ellie

    February 27, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Thanks, Ellie. Equipment is going to be an issue so I'm sure you will have some takers!

      February 28, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Or you can make arrangements for Sunday at class.

      February 28, 2013

  • Susan Latherow Norwood

    I hope a spot opens up for me! Somehow I missed this when it was posted. Must have been teaching and had a class full of kiddoes.

    February 19, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Flycreek is good. Think the difference between side entrance and end entrance. All things you will find out as you use equipment.

      February 20, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Susan, just remember, some of the time, the Big Agnes especially, are back ordered and figure in the shipping also. If you get on either of the trips in April, that may be cutting it close.

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa, I did not sign up for either of the April trips but would like to get on the wait list. I cannot see either event on my screens. Any tip? Tx, M

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, Lisa, that worked fine. Looks like the wait list for the hikes is too long to fool with. I'll go to the next one. Let me know if a slot opens for the Sunday class. Thank you for your good work.

      1 · February 27, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Thanks, Michael!

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lisa, I got it now. Im in on the class this Sunday, and on the the waiting list for both trips . . . . great! I will be ready if a spot opens, and ready to start the fun either way! Thanks!

    February 25, 2013

  • Michael Kaiser

    awesome. I'll be there!

    February 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm very happy about that . . . I'm sort of confused because I was on both waiting lists. Not sure of my status at this point.

      February 25, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Robin, I believe you are on the waiting list for both events the 6th and the 20th. Stay on there. Most of the time, people cancel out and you will move up.

      February 25, 2013

  • Dave Sharp

    Thanks for squeezing me in! But, I accidentally double-booked Sunday afternoon. I really want to make it to the next one!

    February 25, 2013

  • Chessie

    Never been backpacking!!!! I need to come to this :)

    February 25, 2013

  • Lisa Presley

    Just to let everyone on the waiting list know, I added some folks before you due to the fact that we need everyone that is signed up for the two Beginner's Backpacking dates to attend this class. We will probably open up for others this week so stay tuned!

    February 25, 2013

  • Michael Kaiser

    awesome. I'll be there!

    February 22, 2013

  • Janet

    Sorry, I've been offline for two weeks due to the passing of my mother. I would like to attend the meeting on 3/3 but it appears there isn't an opening. Please advise.

    February 11, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      I did see you are signed up. I think you are one of the ones who have a profile that is too generic for me to find. There are so many Janet's with no picture, I couldn't sign you up. I'll add a waiting list to this class and rsvp yes then I'll move you up. I'll be opening this up to others soon.

      February 11, 2013

    • Janet

      Thanks for your help

      February 12, 2013

  • Ruth Hughie

    Bummer. My flight doesn't return until after the meeting.

    February 12, 2013

  • Lisa Presley

    That sounds fine, ladies! The class is not a pre-requisite but just a tool to help. But, if you can't make it, that would be nice to chage your RSVP so others can attend!

    February 11, 2013

  • Sara M.

    I'm sort of in the same boat as Deborah. I work alternating weekends, and while I'm off for the backpacking trip, I am currently scheduled to work March 3rd. I'm still trying to get someone to switch with me and I'll change my RSVP as soon as I know for sure.

    February 11, 2013

  • Deborah

    I have to travel for work toward end of month and not certain I'll be back in time for this. I'll drop off as soon as I learn for sure if I cannot attend. I signed up for the backpacktrip and really need guidance on careful selection of equipment for any overnight trip.

    February 8, 2013

  • Michelle Smith

    If any spots open up, I would love to get the opportunity to go to this class. Thanks. Michelle

    February 5, 2013

    • Lisa Presley

      Hi Michelle. We are holding the spots for the people who are signed up for the Beginner's Backpacking trips. Some of them may not be able to make it and in that case, we will open up some of those spots. Keep checking back!

      1 · February 5, 2013

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