Beginning Backpack Class 2015

May 6 6-8pm Mandatory Classroom session
May 16 & 17, Overnight backpack trip 

Learn all the essentials you’ll need to begin the sport of backpacking.  

We’ll meet for an evening session to go over plans for the weekend including:
* What to bring
* How are we going to feed ourselves? 

I will be fitting/renting equipment in the parking lot after the store closes.

You must attend this evening session if you wish to participate in the weekend trip.

Our overnight trip will be short on mileage but long on information covering:
* Stoves, water filters and food
* Packs, sleeping bags and tents
* Safety and hygiene
* “leave no trace” ethics
* Basic map and compass skills

* Registration fee - 
     $60 COP members & outdoor store employees 
     $65 COP Meetup members 
     $70 non-members

* Shared gas to get to and from trail. ($5?)
* Gear rent if you need a pack, tent, sleeping pad or stove

 614/ 282-2781

Any refund requests must be made by 11:59pm, Tuesday, May 5th


Other Classes we would like to hold, if we can get the volunteers to run them:

River Crossing for Foot Travellers
Tentative date: August 1 & 2  
Western Pennsylvania.  Prepare to spend a lot of time in cold water while we practice various ways of crossing rivers including wading and swimming.

We offered this in the past and all agreed it was worthwhile for anyone contemplating trips that actually cross rivers rather than using bridges, and also for anyone heading to canyon country.

Advanced Backpacking School
Three to six hour class covering pre-trip planning, getting your equipment weight as low as possible, light weight cooking and food, Leave no trace, staying safe, and backpacking with electronics ( digital cameras, GPS, satellite phones, laptops, and solar panels ).   Instruction geared toward trips of five to twenty days. 

In interested in taking this class, contact the backpacking activity leader, backpack@outdoor-pursuits.org.   A class will be scheduled if there is enough interest.

Snow Travel for Alpine Backpackers
This class would cover the basics of using ice axes and crampons. We have several possible instructors, but need the snow. Our best bet is a ski area after they close in the spring so check back with us around February.


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