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Backpacking beginners course

$65 fee
Course Content
The course is addressed towards people with little or no experience in backpacking but who want to explore backcountry trails and get away from the crowds. Topics are:
• Equipment (clothing, tents, sleeping bags and pads, backpacks, boots, stoves)
• Safe wilderness travel
• Trip planning
• Basic navigation skills
• Backcountry food and cuisine
• How to operate a stove
• How to treat water
• Common problems in the backcountry and how to avoid them
• Wilderness ethics and low impact camping

Course Format
The course consists of:
• A full-day indoor session on Saturday, March 16, 2013, including a series of short lectures, discussions, slide and equipment show. The event will be hosted from 9:00 – 5:00 at the Naturebridge Conference Center (Golden Gate National Recreation Area).
• An overnight field trip at a weekend (Sat/Sun) in April/May in small groups lead by experienced instructors. There are 4 dates to choose from.

During the overnight trip you will have the opportunity to try out your gear, learn how to set up a tent and operate a backpack stove, practice basic navigation skills and, most important, experience what it feels to hike with a heavy pack on your back. Participation in the overnight backpack trip requires attendance at the indoor session. No exceptions.

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