Gear Practice Day

Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking

Gear Practice Day - Point Defiance Park

Learn how to load your pack and take a short hike up a steep hill. This is also an opportunity to meet with your instructor and ask more questions.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft

12 noon at Point Defiance-Tahlequah ferry terminal parking lot.  This is one of 6 Gear Practice Sessions - only sign up for 1 of the 6 sessions. 

We are offering in-person gear practice sessions on the hope that Covid-19 restrictions will still allow gatherings of 8 or more people.  These sessions may be revised if Covid-19 restrictions change. 

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.  We will take a short practice hike up the hill near the Tacoma Program Center.


Point Defiance Park

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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