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Schools and Clinics: Backpack School 2014

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Come join us for 2014 backpack school! If you’ve never backpacked before or if you need to refresh your skills, this is the class for you! This course will include the following topics: Clothing and boots, map and compass skills, trip planning, major equipment, first-aid, meal preparation, and leave-no-trace practices. By the time the class ends, you will have the knowledge and skills to plan and execute your backpacking adventures safely and thoughtfully.

Lead instructors and all assistant instructors have gone through the course previously and have years of experience on the trail. They love the outdoors and look forward to sharing their knowledge with others eager to learn.

We encourage you to begin your exercise program before the actual class begins. The best exercise for backpacking is anything aerobic, such as walking, hiking, biking, rollerblading, stair stepping, spinning, snowshoeing, or any type of skiing (especially XC or skate skiing). Start out slow and build up to those levels. Your body and mind will be grateful.

The class finale will be the Graduation Backpack on Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26). In order to participate, students are required to attend six of the seven class sessions, which must include the First Aid and the Map and Compass class. To receive your Graduation Certificate you must complete all the required classes and the Graduation Backpack.

Schedule information: We will meet for seven class sessions beginning March 28th and ending with the graduation backpack over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

Registration information: $40.00 class fee must be paid at the time of registration and you must have your 2014 Spokane Mountaineers dues paid on or before class begins. Maximum participants accepted will be 35 people. Early registration is recommended.

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2014 Backpack School Registration form