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Schools and Clinics: Backpack School 2015

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Come join us for 2015 backpack school! If you have 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 (Friday through Monday). In order to participate, students are required to attend six of the seven class sessions, which must include the First Aid (April 24th)and the Map and Compass indoor/outdoor course (May 16th). To receive your Graduation Certificate you must complete all the required classes, the Graduation Backpack (or an alternate backpack of at least two overnights approved by the directors), and commit to one day of volunteer trail maintenance (through the club, WTA, or another approved volunteer event--please contact the hiking committee co-chairs to gain approval for outside service projects) .

Spokane Mountaineers 2015 Backpack School class dates

Friday, March 27- Class/graduation expectations; 13 Essentials; Footwear

Friday, April 10- Major Equipment, Water Treatment

Friday, April 17 Clothing, Weather & Environment

Friday, April 24 Wellness & Safety; First Aid

Sat-Sun, April 25-26 Overnight location TBD

Friday, May 1 Outdoor Etiquette & Trip Planning

Friday, May 8 Backcountry Nutrition and Cuisine; Basic Navigation-Intro to Map and Compass

Saturday, May 16 Map & Compass Day (Centerpoint in the AM, Minnehaha for outdoor)

Sat-Mon, May 23-25 Graduation Backpack

**Participants will also be required to do 3 conditioning hikes and one volunteer event.

Schedule information: We will meet for seven class sessions beginning in late March and ending with the graduation backpack over Memorial Day weekend.

Registration information: $40.00 class fee must be paid at the time of registration and you must have your 2015 Spokane Mountaineers dues paid on or before class begins. Maximum participants accepted will be 35 people. Early registration is recommended.

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