Appalachian Trail Backpacking Class

Published Jan 2, 2013

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Claire the Volunteer and Laurie Potteiger (right) invite you to ATC's Lightweight Backpacking Class ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

There aren't many rules when it comes to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail:

  1. Don't pack more than you can carry.
  2. Eat your own food.
  3. No whining.
  4. Don't tease angry bears.
  5. Be nice to friends and family who might help you resupply.
  6. Don't drink water just because it looks fresh and clean.

And the biggie: "Hike your own hike."

For the most part, you're on your own. When it comes to what you should pack for your journey, however, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has your back.

Onbackpack Saturday, January 12, 2013, Laurie Potteiger and the folks at ATC's headquarters in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, will teach you how to face and defeat one of the biggest obstacles that thru-hikers face: Inflammation of the Backpack.

This free class is worth its weight -- including iron skillets, cans of ravioli and large books to read along the trail -- in gold. You'll hear about what to take and what NOT to take on your 2,181 mile jaunt.

The goal is to carry the lightest pack possible, while still hiking safely and responsibly.

Topics in this two-hour class will include:

o planning and preparation

o selecting the right gear

oLeave No Trace and more.

Keith "Wolf" Kimball is the instructor for this essential course. Wolf has hiked the AT five times -- once entirely in winter.

Beginners are welcome.

What: Lightweight Backpacking Class

When: 10 AM until noon on Saturday, January, 12, 2013

Where: ATC Headquarters, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV. If driving, please bring your own parking space. Thank you.

Contact: Laurie Potteiger: lpotteiger@appalachiantrail.org; 304-535-2200 x128

Website: Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Click Here for a Tour of ATC's Headquarters


Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, and Hiking Gear

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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