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Intro to Backpacking

Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:00am to 3:00pm Add to Calendar

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

Ages 18+

$40 per person

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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 two-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. Saturday, May 11th | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Presentation, discussion, and hands-on equipment tutorials at the Loess Hills Lodge)
  2. Saturday to Sunday, May 18th-19th | Overnight, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Loess Hills Lodge & Backcountry Campsites)

Please note: Participants should plan to bring their own food, snacks, and drinks on Saturday, May 11th and for the overnight stay May 18th and 19th Thank you!

Equipment: The instructor will discuss equipment on Saturday, May 11th 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 18th-19th. 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. $40 per person for the entire course.

Explore Hitchcock Nature Center's seven primitive backcountry campsites here.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that processing fees will not be refunded. Guests may cancel their reservation for a 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. Fees for programs canceled by Pottawattamie Conservation due to weather or other circumstances will be refunded, including the processing fee.

2024 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation 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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