Introduction to Backpacking

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Join Bandelier and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a two day Introduction to Backpacking course Friday June 15, 2012 and Saturday June 16, 2012. The course is for adult hikers who want to experience Bandelier's backcountry beyond day hikes. We invite both beginner backpackers and those with experience to participate in this special event.

Friday June 15, 2012….The Los Alamos Mountaineers and Bandelier staff will offer a presentation uncovering the basics of backpacking. Meet at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) from 7:00-8:00 PM. PEEC is located at 3540 Orange Street, Los Alamos, NM. No sign-up required, for more information please contact Rick Light by email at

Saturday June 16, 2012…Put your newfound backpacking skills to the test by enjoying Bandelier's backcountry. Saturday's course session will include a classroom presentation from 9:00-10:30 PM followed by a "mock backpack" hike in Bandelier's backcountry. Participants should anticipate hiking between 2-4 miles with a backpack. If you do not have a backpack or gear just bring a daypack with plenty of water for the hike. During the hike you will learn how to walk and breath with a full pack, where and how to pick campsites, set up camp, cook a meal, relax and soak in the scenery, take down camp, pack up, and hike back to the Bandelier Visitor Center. Reservations are required for Saturday's course. Sign up on Friday or email Rick Light at

Fee: Participants will have to pay the Bandelier entrance fee on Saturday.

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Last updated: May 21, 2012

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