Gear Practice Day

Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking

Gear Practice Day - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Learn how to use your gear and see other people's gear before hitting the trail.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Gear demonstration lecture starts at 7pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center.  It will be downstairs in the main area (Great Hall).

Bring your gear to this session as a final step to prepare for the trail!  You have learned the basics, now it's time to put your skills to use by packing your pack, feeling what it's like weighted down and asking any questions you may have.  Instructors will demonstrate their gear at the beginning of class, then you will have the opportunity to pack (or repack) your pack and take it for a test hike with the group.


Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The 10 Essentials plus:

Tent (or comparable shelter)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Backpacking Stove
Food Storage
Bowl and Spoon
Water Filter

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