Intro to Backpacking

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 to Sunday, October 24, 2021

Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542

Ages
Ages 18+

Cost
$40 per person

Registration has closed for this event.

If you have always been 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, you will learn how to navigate and travel in the wilderness with all your gear.  We will examine how to plan a trip, select and use essential gear, then implement what you learned on an overnight adventure in the Loess Hills Hitchcock Nature Center.

This course includes the following instruction dates and times:

  1. Tuesday, October 12, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Hitchcock Nature Center Lodge)
  2. Saturday, October 16, 10:00am-2:00pm (HNC Lodge & Patio/Hike)
  3. Saturday-Sunday, October 23-24, 10:00am-10:00am (HNC Lodge & Patio/Overnight)

Equipment: The instructor will discuss equipment on the first night (Tuesday, October 12th) and hand out a packing list. Items that students do not have already will need to be borrowed or purchased before the overnight stay October 23rd-24th. 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.

This class is sponsored by the Loess Hills Ski Nordic Patrol. Must be 18 or older to participate.

Cancellation Policy

Guests may cancel their reservation for a full refund up to 1 week (7 days) prior to the program date by calling 712-545-3283 and speaking with staff directly. Cancellations received less than 1 week (7 days) in advance of the event will not be refunded. 

2021 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

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