2019 Sierra Club Backpacking School

It’s back! Sierra Club Backpacking School will relaunch in 2019!

We are excited to share with you the 2019 Sierra Club Backpacking School schedule! 

  • Workshop I “Backpacking ABC’S – Gear Basics”, Saturday February 23, 8:00AM to 3:30 PM, Roads Rivers and Trails.
  • Workshop II “PPPPPP: Pre-Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”. Saturday March 23, 8:00AM to 3:30PM, Roads Rivers and Trails. Planning your trip – logistics, weather, trail specifics; staying found; assess your gear. 
  • Workshop III – Shakedown Trip, 1-night overnight, in a primitive setting. Saturday to Sunday, April 27 & 28th. Practice your skills, test your knowledge and gear. Location TBD.
  • The Real Deal, 2-night backpacking trip in the backcountry. Friday to Sunday, May 17 to 19th. Location: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

The first workshop will take place in February. Spots are limited; if you are interested sign up as soon as possible. Details follow: 

Saturday February 23; Backpacking School, Workshop I “Backpacking ABC’s: Acquiring Basic Competencies”. This is for women and men of all experience levels. 

We will meet at Roads Rivers and Trials, 118 Main Street, Milford, OH 45150, 8:00AM for this 6 ½ hour, hands-on workshop. Bring a brown-bag lunch. This is the first of 3 planned workshops that together will cover everything a new or inexperienced backpacker needs to know. Even seasoned backpackers may pick up a few new tricks! After completing all 3 workshops, Sierra Club Outing leaders will lead the group on a 2-night backpacking trip in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. In this first workshop, participants will learn gear basics – including everything from shelters and sleep systems to food and footwear. You’ll get a lesson on how to select the equipment that is right for you, as well as the chance to test things out for yourself in an indoor setting. You’ll leave with a backpacking handbook, a personal mini-first aid kit which you will assemble during the workshop, and a starter 10-essentials bag. Completion of Workshops I and II is a pre-requisite for the Workshop III-Shake Down trip; completion of all 3 Workshops is a pre-requisite for the Big South Fork trip.  

The workshops will be presented by a coed team of certified Sierra Club Outing Leaders along with experts from Roads Rivers and Trails. Class size is limited to 10 people. Fee is $75 which includes all 3 workshops and the 2-night backpacking trip. (You will provide your own food, gear and transportation for the trips. Carpooling is available.) RSVP and $25 deposit will reserve your spot, due by February 9.

To register, contact Nancy Ball: [email protected]

Check out our MeetUp site: https://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/ or contact Nancy Ball for more information: [email protected]. 

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