This course is designed for entry level backpackers or people with no backpacking experience. Backpack School covers the basic knowledge and skills necessary for backpacking and provide you the confidence and skills to start enjoying this great activity. No previous backpacking experience is necessary. The course consists of at least eight indoor sessions with additional outdoor sessions (full day outdoors, one overnight, and the graduation backpack). Topics covered include equipment, weather, wellness & safety, trip planning, and navigation. The classes are taught by a group of excellent volunteer instructors with a wide range of outdoor trip experience.
Schedule: Classes begin March 17th, 2017
Hiking experience is recommended but not required. Physical conditioning and the ability to carry 35-55lbs is recommended and can be completed throughout the duration of the class. This course does not require a high level of physical demand; however, backpacking is an endurance activity and does require a certain level of physical fitness. The graduation backpack requires participants to go a minimum distance of six miles, with elevation gain and loss, carrying a full pack (40-55lbs). A minimum of four conditioning hikes is required for graduation, but there are many more opportunities for conditioning hikes throughout the course. Start early by partaking in the many activities offered this winter by the Spokane Mountaineers.
Day-hike equipment is recommended, however not required to start class. Day-hike gear consists of a water bottle, hiking shoes, a small pack, a hat, and sunglasses. It is preferable that participants attend the first class before purchasing any equipment.
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