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Backpacking 101

Saturday, March 18, 2023 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $25.00

Join Keystone Trails Association with a one-day seminar on backpacking basics. This training is geared towards avid day hikers who are interested in learning about backpacking from an experienced group of backpackers including Jim Foster, Ed Riggs and Marian Orlousky. Topics will include differences between day hiking and backpacking, clothing, footwear, gear (packs, sleeping bags, stoves, lights, stuff sacks, poles, tents), food preparation, campsite selection, potential dangers (ticks, waterborne diseases, bears, snakes), Leave No Trace, unique considerations for women with available resources (online and print). A light continental breakfast will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to consume during the designated lunch break. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Pre-registration required. 

This course will be led by three experienced backpackers and trip leaders, Jim Foster, Ed Riggs & Marian Orlousky, who are volunteering their time.  Jim & Ed are experienced backpackers who have backpacked the entire Appalachian Trail, as well as the John Muir Trail, the Quehanna Trail and others. Marian is Director of Science and Stewardship for Appalachian Trail Conservancy and an experienced backpacker. Following the seminar, KTA will offer an optional overnight backpacking event, at a time and place to be announced.