Backpacking Basics: Preparing for Mountain Season!

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Do the warming days and new blossoms have you dreaming of 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/Beginner's Mistakes, 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, and I'm falling in love with the Trinity Alps. I've backpacked the Olympics, Tetons, Inyo, and Rockies. Four years ago I hiked 500 miles for 2 months on the Pacific Crest Trail. In January, I was certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

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, Trinity Alps, 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.

Event is FREE, though donation greatly appreciated. (Suggested $10-20)