Interested in backpacking but are not sure where to start? Join us for our Introduction to Backpacking class where we will explore the dynamics of backcountry travel!
In this three-part lecture and hands-on course sponsored by the Loess Hills Nordic Ski Patrol, you will learn how to navigate and travel in the wilderness with all your gear. Experienced backpackers will help you examine how to plan a trip, select and use essential gear, then you'll implement what you learned on an overnight adventure at Hitchcock Nature Center.
This course includes the following instruction dates and times:
Equipment: The instructor will discuss equipment on the first night (Tuesday, May 3rd) and hand out a packing list. Items that students do not have already will need to be borrowed or purchased before the overnight stay from May 14th - 15th. Instructors will work to mix, match, and make up equipment shortages if needed. Some course time will be dedicated to making sure students have what they need.
Click here to get an idea of different items you might want to bring on a backpacking trip.
Participants must be 18 or older to participate. Intro to Backpacking comes at a steal for just $40 per person for the entire course.
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