Essential Backpacking Skills Class

10:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Riverside Park in Hartford, CT

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  • Fitness level  1: Relaxed
  • Skill level  1: Beginner
  • Group size: 12

Getting ready to spend the night out in a tent? Join REI'S professional instructors on this one day course to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the wild. Whether backpacking or car camping, having a great day and getting a good night's rest in the outdoors comes down to having the right tent, sleeping system, stove, and gear storage. To learn the fundamentals, we'll hike with all of our gear to a mock campsite where we'll practice setting up camp. Our instructors will show you where to position your kitchen area, food storage, tent site, and bathroom facilities for maximum safety and comfort, all while following the Leave No Trace Principles.You'll learn practical camping skills for use in every situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.

  • Learn to identify and build a campsite using the principles of Leave No Trace
  • Practice setting up a camp kitchen, tent, and critter-proofing your food storage
  • Learn about the gear needed for backpacking and systems for carrying it effectively

Riverside Park in Hartford, CT

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Riverside Park is Central Connecticut's best kept secret! Located on the shore of the Connecticut River. this little known gem contains miles of hiking, biking and running trails, sports fields, a robust rowing program, and a high ropes course.