GetBackpacking! Introduction to Backpacking

GetBackpacking! grads on the Appalachian Trail, near Hump Mountain

Our GetBackpacking! program, launched in 2014, includes four sessions. Here's how the program works:

Three training hikes. At the first hike, we go over gear and how to pack a backpack, then hike in full pack for 2 miles. Second training hike: We'll hike 2 miles, stop and set up camp, then break camp and hike 2 miles out. Third training hike: We'll hike about 3 miles, stop and prepare a meal, then hike 3 miles out.

Graduation hike. Three-day, two-night trip to South Mountains State Park, a great place for your first trip.

Cost and incentives: $95. You'll recoup $35 of that amount in the form of a gift card from Great Outdoor Provision Co. You’ll also receive a Great Outdoor Provision Co. discount card for the duration of the program.

Weekly enewsletter with tips, resources, suggestions and a preview of the upcoming training session.

Monthly GetBackpacking! enewsletter. You’ll receive our monthly, expanded enewsletter, with more tips, resources and gear recommendations, plus information on our upcoming trips.

Class size is limited to 12.

Equipment. You do not need every piece of backpacking equipment to take this course. If you’re a hiker, which you likely are, you’ve got the basic clothing and boots/shoes. The only other piece of equipment vital at the start of class is the backpack itself. Some loaner gear is available, on a first-come bases

2017 sessions

  • February: Triangle area: Sessions: 1. Feb. 12 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); 2. Feb. 19 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); 3. Sunday, Feb. 26 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); Graduation trip: March 24-26 (Friday afternoon thru Sunday).
  • March: Triad area: (Sessions: 1. March 5 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); 2. March 12 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); 3. March 19 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); Graduation trip: March 24-26 (Friday afternoon thru Sunday).
  • April-May: Triangle area: Sessions: 1. April 3 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); April 10 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); April 17 (Sunday, 9 a.m.); Graduation trip: April 22, 23, 24. (Friday afternoon thru Sunday).
  • May/June: tba.

Our February 2017 Class: Day 1

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GetBackpacking!  |  |  Joe Miller  |  |  919.791.6155