Gear Practice Day

Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking

Gear Practice Day - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Bring your loaded backpack for a short practice hike. Instructors are available to discuss how to load and adjust your pack.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

Setup will start at 6:00pm, gear practice will begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm.  Please plan to help with putting away chairs and tables.  Thanks!

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 bringing your loaded pack and taking a short practice hike up the hill near the Tacoma Program Center.  Instructors will be available after the practice hike to discuss loading and adjusting your pack.  


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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