Virtual Backpack Training!

With the Covid-19 pandemic still restricting activities, the MGSC Outings Committee is collaborating with two local businesses to offer a series of virtual training sessions in Backpacking related topics. Sponsored by Roads, Rivers and Trails, Summit Trek and Travel, and Miami Group Sierra Club, the series will offer training on subjects like Leave No Trace, Basic Backpacking Gear, and Food and Stoves. In addition, advanced topics such as Trip Planning, Navigation and Lightweight Backpacking are planned to be offered. Note this training is intended to help prepare participants for future outdoor activities, and the Outings Committee strongly encourages everyone to follow all current Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

All training sessions will be free of charge and presented live by experienced instructors. Look for schedule details in future Newsletters, on our website, and the Sierra Club Outings Meetup page. Our schedule is below as well.

Email Nancy Ball at [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about these events or leading a virtual training session.

May 28th 7:30 PM: 7 Ways for Backpackers to Reduce Impact in the Backcountry

June 4th 7:30 PM: The Kitchen Sink or Just a Toothbrush? Gear Basics for Backpacking

June 11th 7:30 PM: Packs: The Backpacker’s YouHaul

June 18th 7:30 PM: Sleeping bags: The Soft Tacos of the Bear World

June 25th 7:30 PM: The Grand Canyon: Getting to the Bottom – Optional; Getting to the Top – Mandatory

July 2nd 7:30 PM: Shelters: “A place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger”

July 9th 7:30 PM: Clothing: Wool is wonderful, Cotton kills, and other hard-learned lessons

July 16th 7:30 PM: Food and stoves: A backpacking trip is not the time to diet!

July 23rd 7:30 PM: Footwear: To paraphrase a familiar adage, “The thrill of victory, or the agony of de Feet”

July 30th 7:30 PM: Water: “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” (W. H. Auden)

August 6th 7:30 PM: At the end of your rope? There’s a knot for that!

August 13th 7:30 PM: Oh, Sh*t!! Part One: Hiker Safety, Backpacker Hygiene.

August 20th 7:30 PM: Oh, Sh*t!! Part Two: First Aid and Animal Safety.

August 27th 7:30 PM: Staying Found Part One: I go to the woods to lose my mind… NOT my way!

September 3rd 7:30 PM: Staying Found Part Two: I go to the woods to lose my mind… NOT my way!

September 17th 12:00 PM: Happy Trails Part One: Preparation and Planning Prevent Prodigious Problems!

October 1st 7:30 PM: Happy Trails Part Two: Preparation and Planning Prevent Prodigious Problems!

October 15th 12:00 PM: Lighten Up! You’ll last longer.

November 5th 7:30 PM: Trailside Gourmet; Dehydrating for Backpackers

November 19th 7:30 PM: Backpacker Dinner in a Baggie… Crazy? Freezer Bag Meals

January 7, 2021 7:30 PM: Why Walk When You Can Ride?

January 21, 2021  7:30 PM: Not Merely A Trail

February 4, 2021 – Trip plan with digital resources

February 18, 2021 7:30 PM – Wilderness Jeopardy! What would you do? Come play… There will be prizes!


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