November 28, 2022

Learn the Basics of Backcountry Travel: Virtual Beginners Backpack Course Spring 2021

By Thomas Meissner   Zoom Seminars: March 31, April 7, April 14, 2021, 6:30 –…

Learn the Basics of Backcountry Travel: Virtual Beginners Backpack Course Spring 2021

By Thomas Meissner

 

Zoom Seminars: March 31, April 7, April 14, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

People hiking on Bay Chapter Backpacking Section trip to Henry Coe State Park

Learn how to travel safely and comfortably with only a pack on your back through the annual Beginner’s Backpack course run by the Backpack Section.

We are offering this opportunity for folks who have little or no experience in backpacking but want to explore backcountry trails and get away from the crowds.

As the Sierra Club is still closed and in-person outings are suspended, we are holding this year’s class virtually via Zoom on three evenings. Experienced Backpack Section leaders will present the topics as slide shows or videos. There is time allocated for participants to ask questions. 

Once in-person outings have started again, the Backpack Section plans to offer two-day overnight field trips for course participants. 

Part 1: March 31, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
1)    Introduction
2)    Backpacks
3)    Tents
4)    Clothing
5)    Boots + Socks

Part 2: April 7, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
6)    Maps + Navigation
7)    Water Treatment
8)    Sleeping Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
9)    LNT + Low Impact Camping
10)  Trip Planning Part 1

Part 3: April 14, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
11)    Backcountry Cuisine
12)    Trip Planning Part 2
13)    Medical Issues in the Wilderness
14)    Bear Canisters
15)    Stoves

Suggested donation to the Backpack Section: $20. It covers all three classes and online access to the course material.

Info and Registration:
Please R.S.V.P. though the SF Bay Chapter Activities and Events Calendar.
Contact: Thomas Meissner
Email: [email protected].

Photo by Roger Williams from a Bay Chapter Backpacking Section trip to Henry Coe State Park.