Couples Ultralight Backpacking Workshop
Sat., May 21, 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Washington DC Area (At REI Bailey's Crossroads in Virginia)
Alan Dixon, Product Testing Director and Senior Review Editor for Backpacking Light and his wife Alison Simon will lead an ultralight backpacking workshop in the Washington DC area this May.
This workshop will focus on ultralight backpacking for couples with an emphasis on the techniques and gear that allow light, comfortable and safe backcountry travel. Their techniques and light-gear discussions are valuable to all backpackers, especially to women, and couples wishing to start, continue or resume backcountry hiking adventures. The techniques are equally suited to those backpacking with children.
Chances are your pack is two to three times heavier than it needs to be. Workshop leaders, Alan Dixon and Alison Simon believe most couples can travel in the backcountry with 14-16 lb packs for a three-day trip without sacrificing comfort or safety.
A wide variety of the workshop leaders' ultralight gear will be on display and used for hands-on demonstration of ultralight techniques. Open discussion, questions, and demonstration of techniques with hands-on audience participation will constitute the much of the workshop. Due to requests from last year’s workshop there will be special sections focusing in detail on backcountry clothing and backcountry cooking. Alan and Alison will stay after the workshop for more questions and, if there is interest, to cover additional participant directed topics.
Registration is necessary. The $50 class fee ($40 per person for attending couples) includes the class and all course materials. To register, call Customer Service at 703-379-9400, and lighten your load! At REI Bailey's Crossroads in Virginia.