Virtual Backpacking School

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968.)

By sharing our knowledge of the great outdoors and how to safely enjoy it, the Outings committee works to help others learn about, understand, and love this beautiful planet we call home. Our Virtual Backpacking School has reached an average of 20 students each week since May 2020. In each session we teach participants different elements of backpacking to help them gain confidence and competence in the backcountry. Throughout each class, we emphasize Leave No Trace principles and teach participants how to be responsible stewards as well as competent outdoors women and men. We know that if we can equip them for a good experience in the backcountry, Mother Nature herself will take over from there, showing them all there is to love out there.

For some, fall is the very best time of the year for backpacking. The cooler, mostly dry weather is perfect for trekking and refilling your cup with all that nature has to offer. So, in September, we switched from a weekly to a twice monthly format to allow our instructors more time to get out in the backcountry in person on their own (encouraging COVID protocols, of course).

In November, we will present our last 2 webinars for 2020, bringing us to a total of 20 webinars for the year: “Trailside Gourmet” on November 5th, and “Backpacker Meals in a Baggie… Crazy?” On November 19th. Join us! You’ll find all our topics and registration information here.


Barry Randall showing off his gourmet campfire food.

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