Past Meetup

It's Mountain Season! Backpacking Basics

This Meetup is past

8 people went

American River Bend Park

Off of Rod Beaudry Drive · Rancho Cordova, CA

How to find us

Meet in the first parking lot to the left AFTER the kiosk

Location image of event venue


Does the hot weather and ripening fruit have you dreaming of cool alpine lakes and the mountains peaks? Are you new to backpacking? Do you have some experience, but want to plan a longer wilderness trip? Or just wanting to get back into it after many years away?

Join us for Backpacking Basics. I'll cover the essentials of Gear, Planning/Permits, Skills, Health/Safety, Maps, and Wilderness Ethics. I love to share some of my experience and help people connect to the wilderness in a fun and safe way.

While the focus is on multi-day overnight wilderness backpacking trips, it's also a nice way to meet folks who love hiking and want to do local trips too. While my first love is the Sierra Mountains, where I have worn out a couple pairs of hiking boots, I've backpacked the Olympics, Tetons, Inyo, and Rockies. Four years ago I hiked 500 miles for 2 months on the Pacific Crest Trail.

But I like backpacking and hiking of all types and levels, and can also recommend trails in other areas for day hiking as well as where/how to do local overnight trips (Ohlone Wilderness Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, Pt. Reyes, Big Basin, Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, etc.). We want to hear your recommendations too!

• What to bring
Water, layers, paper and pen. Any gear you'd like to show and tell the group.