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Intro to Lightweight Backpacking Class/Trip
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Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Intro to Lightweight Backpacking Class/Trip on 04/28/2008 12:20:54 MDT Print View

Backpacking Light, in affiliation with the Outdoor Pursuits program at North Idaho College will offer an introductory class this week:

Learn about lightweight techniques and equipment with BPL Senior Editor, Mike Martin. The classroom portion will cover lightweight clothing, shelter, sleep, packing, hydration and cooking systems to get your base weight (everything in the pack but food and water) down below 10 pounds. The field portion will be an easy overnight hike along the snow-free scenic Snake River canyon. This course is intended for beginners, though some prior hiking experience is recommended.

Cost: $25

Classroom: Wednesday, April 30, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Meet at the Outdoor Pursuits office on the lower level of the Student Union Building, North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Field: Saturday, May 3 through Sunday, May 4. Time TBD.

Lightweight Equipment from Backpacking Light and Outdoor Pursuits will be available for rental.

The field portion of this class is limited to 7 students, so pre-class signup is required -- first come, first served.

For additional details, please respond to this thread below or email me via my forum profile.

Edited by MikeMartin on 04/28/2008 12:25:09 MDT.

michael montagne
(montagne) - M
sounds good on 04/30/2008 11:34:00 MDT Print View

Perfect for me but I would need more than a few hours notice. Do another one sometime.


Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: sounds good on 04/30/2008 12:12:30 MDT Print View

Yah. Sorry for the short notice. It's been on the NIC Outdoor Pursuits Calendar for for a while, but slipped through the cracks here. If there is a lot of interest, we'll definitely offer more of these kind of classes/trips...with more advance notice. :)

The intent is to offer a taste of BPL's Wilderness Trekking I Course, but on a smaller scale (and starving-student budget).



Edited by MikeMartin on 04/30/2008 12:14:10 MDT.

Timothy Gossler
(timgossler) - F
Intro to Lightweight Backpacking Class/Trip on 05/02/2008 08:44:44 MDT Print View

I'd be interested too. I only live 15 miles from NIC - would've been great if I had known sooner. Looking forward to another class.