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Explore Your Inner Backpacker: Gear Shakedown

Date and Time

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Location

Massachusetts, Central,
MA

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar below.



Overview

Here's your opportunity to practice the backpacking skills you learned in the April 2020 Backpacking Workshop. We'll start with a complete gear shakedown where experienced backpackers will give you advice on your gear, clothing, packing, etc. Then we'll head into the forest with loaded packs for an easy 4 mile hike at a slow-moderate pace (1-1.5 mph) over rolling terrain. Our destination is a mock camp site where we'll set up camp, pitch tents, hang bear bags, filter water, and practice other key back-country skills. Take a lunch to cook in camp if you'd like. Shakedown location is Westboro, Mass. Preference will be given to participants of the April 2020 Backpacking Workshop.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Free

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A Teachable Moment

Activities

Backpacking
Conservation
Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Camping

Offered By

Worcester (Mass.)

Status

Open

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader




Avid backpacker and four-season hiker.

Leader




I began backpacking in 1999 as a leader for my sons Scout troop, but gained my passion for backpacking in 2001 completing a 10 day, 85 mile trip at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. I began section hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2005, completing 2,167 miles as of 2019. I also completed the 272 mile Long Trail (LT) in July 2014.