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Did you miss Backpacking Basics Class? Invite to Webinar from Grand Junction

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 12:45 PM

If you did not get a chance to attend Jeff's presentation - here is a another opportunity to attend Backpacking Basics: An introduction on preparing and enjoying backpacking

This seminar is free of charge online

Inspired by Jeff our CB&C Organizer, Dave Barry and I (Elizabeth) are hosting our first backpack seminar in Grand Junction our home town.

We are inviting you to attend via webcast from your desktop, laptop, iphone

RSVP if you want to tell me or anyone of your plans to login - open to the public

On Saturday, April 6th, log in 15 minutes prior of our start time (1:00pm)

View PowerPoint presentation and ask questions - if you are located in a noisy place we can mute you !

There will be no webcam on our laptop to view the room - sorry

As of Friday 4/5 I will not be available to help with any troubleshooting of firewalls etc.

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Welcome !


Backpacking Basics –

An introduction on preparing and enjoying backpacking.

This is the planned agenda of what we would like to cover in a four hour classroom/seminar style

Why backpack? Hike to camp or camp to hike - theories

Preparing mentality and physically
Conditioning exercise, preparing your feet and body

Gear – wearing and what to bring/carry and why.
Top 3 (tent, bag, backpack) – packing tips

The rest of gear including fixit kit

Stove selections

Food needs what to cook, dehydrating food, and prepared d. food.

Safety - crossing rivers, storms, lost/found, animals, first aid, altitude, heat stroke, hypothermia

It’s an animal world – bears, critters others

Navigation – maps, compass (review of topo map and bearings) GPS – other gadgets

Leave No trace, wilderness etiquette, rules and regulations of agencies (permits)

Where to go? Colorado and Utah the best of up high (mountain region) and down low (canyons).

Planning and Leading backpack trips

Naturally I can spend four hours in just one of these topics alone so much of this will be touched upon and discussed with further information provided in handouts and CD to take home and read more in depth.

Dave and Elizabeth Barry from Grand Junction are the class instructors. We have moved from California where Dave and I have been backpacking for decades well versed in theSierra Nevada region. Dave Barry has been an outdoorsman for 35 years involved in mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, biking and non-technical canyoneering. Both were active trip leaders for the Sierra Club in California prior to retiring to Grand Junction early 2007.

A donation of $5 will be asked of its class participants to cover cost of refreshments and handout materials provided in class at the door as you enter. Participants must rsvp through this site and sign in at class.

A Liability weaver (we are experienced backpackers willing to share what we have learned over many years but cannot be held responsible for anyone’s safety as a result of this class) is posted here and you will see this again at signup here.

The group is looking at getting donations from well known outdoor shops to provide doorraffle, discounts, etc.

CLASS LIMIT 40 PARTICIPANTS. Wait list available at registration site (been updated from 20 moving furniture out of the way ! :)

Let me know if there is anything else you need to know for now – Elizabeth Barry –[masked]-9256. [masked] and [masked]

Newspaper Article: Sentinel Grand Junction, Outing section featuring seminar - uploaded to our WSA site under files.

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