BACKPACKING BUILDING BLOCKS (B3) COURSE:  Practice "Camp"

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

BACKPACKING BUILDING BLOCKS (B3) COURSE: Practice "Camp" - Lake Sammamish State Park

PRACTICE CAMP with priority registration for Paul and Kim's mentor group. B3 participants from other mentor groups are also welcome to join. Participants should arrive with fully loaded packs (as if showing up at a trailhead for a backpacking trip) and carry it out into the park, practice setting up camp, treating water, testing stoves and preparing a meal, all with experienced mentors and our small mentor group; then we will pack up camp, and hike back out. All Mountaineers rules and procedures for small-group activities will be in place.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 1.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft
  • Pace: 1.0 - 1.5 mph

Meet at Lake Sammamish State Park at 6pm. 

We will meet near in the parking area nearest to Tibbetts Beach  -- as you enter Lake Sammamish State Park from NW Sammamish Road, this parking area will be on the left.  Discover Pass is required.

During this  "Practice Camp" field trip students will have the opportunity to try out the key skills and approaches with their own gear and/or with those of others in their mentor group in a short hike that will end with setting up camp, treating water, preparing a backpack meal and then packing up and walking back.  

If you don't have your own gear yet or are still missing a few key pieces, that's perfectly OK - we'll focus on sharing and trying out a range of different gear contributed by our mentors and fellow students.

Route/Place

Lake Sammamish State Park


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please pack your pack with the gear, clothing and other essentials you'd expect to carry on a real overnight backpacking trip, including a liter of water and food for one meal which you may prepare during the camp.  Be ready for wet weather as the camp will proceed rain or shine.  If you don't have your own gear yet or are still missing a few key pieces, that's perfectly OK - we'll focus on observing and discussing the range of different gear contributed by our mentors and fellow students.   

A mask must be carried on your person so that you can raise it whenever you need to go close to someone else, and you must also carry hand sanitizer sufficient for use after toileting, before eating, and before and after touching anyone's else's gear.  If you don't have these items when you arrive, you will not be allowed to participate.

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