Beginning March 30th and concluding Memorial Day weekend, this course is designed for entry level backpackers or hikers with little or no backpacking experience. Our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer instructors teach comprehensive skills and provide hands-on interactive activities that allow students to become capable and confident backpackers. The course consists of eight indoor sessions to be held in Spokane Valley as well as additional outdoor sessions (map and compass, one overnight, and the graduation backpack over Memorial Day weekend). Topics covered include equipment, weather, first aid, trip planning, food, outdoor etiquette and navigation. It is also a great way to become familiar with the Spokane Mountaineers and meet new friends that share the love of the outdoors. March 15th registration deadline; limited to 50 participants. Must be current member of the Spokane Mountaineers.