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2019 Basic Backpacking Course- 8 Classes, 3 Trips, Please read details carefully

April 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Every spring, the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter offers a comprehensive Basic Backpacking Course, taught by volunteer leaders from its Backpack Section.

Course Details: This year’s course will include 8 Wednesday evening classroom sessions and three weekend backpack trips. The classroom curriculum covers equipment, food, skills, minimum impact, hazards, trip planning, and emergency preparedness. Additional training on the trips includes demonstrations of campsite setup, back-country cooking, map and compass navigation, water purification, blister care, and food storage.

Locations and Dates: Evening classes will be held in Los Altos, 7:00-9:00 PM on the following dates: 4/17, 24, 5/1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and 6/5. Trips will be 5/4-5, 5/18-19, and 5/31-6/2. The first two trips are weekend one-night outings to local parks in the San Francisco Bay Area. The third trip is a two night, Friday-Sunday trip to the Sierra Nevada, weather and snow pack permitting. Because of the driving distance, students will have to drive up on Thursday prior to the third trip. Participants can only go on the third trip if they have attended at least one of the first two trips.

Fitness and Preparation: To enjoy the course, you should be in good physical condition and be able to comfortably hike at least 5 miles with a 25 lb backpack. We recommend conditioning for the course by going on 5-10 mile day hikes with a pack. The trips are a major part of the course, and we recommend that you sign up for the class only if you can attend at least two of the three trips!

Cost: The class fee is $125 and covers all classroom materials, plus permit and parking fees for the trips. Students are also responsible for transportation and other trip expenses. Backpacking equipment is not provided, and may involve significant cost. We recommend borrowing, renting, and improvising where practical.

This is a non-profit course: Proceeds after class expenses are donated to local non-profit conservation and trail maintenance groups. Instructors and trip leaders are volunteer members of the Loma Prieta Backpacking Section and are not compensated.

RSVP and payment for the April 17th meetup registers you for the entire course. Please register on the following class Meetup site (not this Meetup page). https://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Backpacking-Class-San-Francisco-Peninsula/events/257752210/


April 17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm