Fall beginner backpacking school starts September 17


If you’ve ever wanted to backpack but didn’t know where to start … or if you’ve backpacked in the past, but are feeling rusty … here’s your opportunity to learn what you need to know to be safe and comfortable in the backcountry.

This fall’s backpacking school has been designed to progressively build your confidence and skills over the course of three events. You’ll start with a full-day hands on training session, followed by a one-night “shakedown” trip to test your gear and knowledge, and culminate in a two-night backcountry trip at beautiful Big South Fork National River and Recreation area. Along the way you’ll receive guidance on gear selection and opportunities to train for your big adventure.

All for one low fee of $150 – and with the added satisfaction of knowing that your contribution is going to support Sierra Club’s vital work to protect our environment.

2022 Sierra Club Fall Beginner Backpacking School schedule:

  • Backpacking ABC’S – Gear, Food and Safety Basics — hands-on introduction to backpacking. You’ll leave this class with a personal first aid kit, your own 10-essentials bag and handbook. Saturday September 17, 2022, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Isaac Walton League, Loveland.
  • Outdoor Skills – Practice with your gear outdoors and spend the night in a primitive setting. Must be able to carry a 30 – 40lb pack on a moderately rugged trail, 3 miles out and 3 miles back. Saturday through Sunday, October 1-2, 2022, Shimps Hollow Campground, Germantown.
  • The Real Deal — two-night backpacking trip in the backcountry. Must be able to carry a 30-40 pound pack over rugged trails, 15+ miles, over 2½ days. Graduation celebration at the end of the trip! Friday to Sunday, October 14-16, 2022, Big South Fork NRRA Tennessee.

There is a growing body of evidence attesting to the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of spending time in nature. Backpacking allows hikers to test themselves in terms of strength, endurance, resourcefulness, and problem solving. It provides opportunity to be deeply aware of our natural surroundings; hearing, smelling, seeing, sensing things that we often miss in the “tame” world of fenced backyards and paved walking trails. Carrying everything needed for days on the trail has a way of purifying our experiences by stripping away all non-essentials. Time on the trail can make you feel more connected to this beautiful planet, and to other like-minded souls who venture out there.

Hope you’ll join us! Register for one or both of these courses on the Miami Group Meetup site.

For more information contact Barry Randall at [email protected].

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