Application deadline: March 15.
Indoor seminar: March 29.
Field trips: April 11-12, April 18-19, or May 9-10 (participants choose one).
Learn how to travel safely and comfortably with only a pack on your back during the annual Beginner’s Backpack course run by the Backpack Section. We are offering this opportunity for folks who have little or no experience in backpacking but who want to explore backcountry trails and get away from the crowds.
The course consists of:
- A full-day indoor session on Sunday, March 29, including a series of short lectures, discussions, slide and equipment show. The event will be hosted from 9 am – 5 pm at the Naturebridge Conference Center (Golden Gate National Recreation Area).
- One overnight backpack trip on a weekend in April or May in small groups led by experienced instructors. There are three dates to choose from (see above).
The backpack trips will take place in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. During the backpack trip you will have the opportunity to try out your gear, learn how to set up a tent and operate a backpack stove, practice basic navigation skills, and, most importantly, experience how it feels to hike with a heavy pack on your back. Participation in the backpack trip requires attendance at the indoor session.
Participants should be in good physical shape and have no serious health conditions. A good background in day hiking is necessary.
Families with children age 12 and older are welcome. The course is not suited for younger children.
Cost is $70 per adult; $35 ages 12 – 22. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited. Applications received after March 15 will be considered only if space is still available
For more information and to sign up, contact: Thomas Meissner by email at email@example.com (strongly preferred), or by phone at (707)795-7980 (only if you do not have email access).