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Backpack School Details


     Spokane Mountaineers Members:  $25

     Non-members:  $25 + membership fee.




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Registration Dates:
February 12th - March 19th (or until class is full)  


This course is designed for entry level backpackers or hikers with little to no experience. Our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer instructors teach comprehensive skills and provide hands-on interactive activities that allow participants to become capable and confident hikers and backpackers.  

New 2021 Course: 

PHASE 1: Phase 1 of the course consists of  twelve virtual modules. Topics covered include essentials, equipment, weather, first aid, trip planning, food, outdoor etiquette, safety, and navigation.

PHASE 2: Phase 2 of the course will include outdoor sessions covering topics of effective packing, navigation, a test backpack event (test out your gear).  Outdoor requirements will also cover physical conditioning and introduction to trail work volunteering.  The outdoor sessions will conclude with a 2 night Graduation Backpack event. 

This is also a great way to become familiar with the Spokane Mountaineers, the Inland Northwest, and meet new friends that share the love of the outdoors. Backpack School graduates may even progress on to more advanced activities such as our Mountain School


 Course Details

DIRECTORS:  Michael Pinter,

Schedule:  Classes begin Thursday, March 25, 2021


Hiking experience is recommended but not required.  Physical conditioning and the ability to carry 30-45lbs is recommended and can be completed throughout the duration of the class.  This course does not require a high level of physical demand; however, backpacking is an endurance activity and does require a certain level of physical fitness. The graduation backpack requires participants to go a minimum distance of six miles per day, with elevation gain and loss, carrying a full pack.  At least three conditioning hikes are required for graduation; the club offers many opportunities to participate in qualified hikes throughout the course.

 Phase two will offer ample opportunities for hikes of increasing challenge, introduction to trail work, and a test backpack to prepare for the Graduation event. 

Recommended Gear

Day-hike equipment is recommended, however not required to start class. Day-hike gear consists of a water bottle, hiking shoes, a small pack, a hat, rain gear, and sunglasses.  You will learn how to properly equip yourself for hiking, including our required 13 Essentials. It is preferable that participants attend the first class before purchasing any equipment.  


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