The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is partnering with the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA) in the creation of the first annual Ruck event to teach backpacking skills in Bellingham, WA on March 31, 2018 at Bloedel-Donovan Park, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Each year, ALDHA-West brings together a diverse group of hikers at a series of backpacking clinics or “Rucks” across the Western states. Ruck, the German word for backpacking, has been used to describe events that help inform and inspire backpackers to enjoy our public lands.
New for the 2018 schedule, the Ruck in Northwest Washington will provide a rare opportunity to meet up with other backpackers, find hiking partners, swap stories, and hear first-hand accounts of trips along the Pacific Northwest Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and many others.
Experienced backpackers share advice and different approaches to long-distance hiking through Q&A sessions – focused on specific trails – and in lively community panel discussions on popular subjects, like resupply strategies.
Co-hosted by the PNTA, the nonprofit organization responsible for the maintenance and protection of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT), the Bellingham Ruck will also feature informative presentations on Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, trail stewardship, and advocacy of our public lands.
All event proceeds will benefit 501c(3) nonprofit organizations that maintain and advocate for trails in Washington and the other Western States. Breakfast and lunch are included in the ticket price for this fun, all day event.
Topics will include:
· The Pacific Northwest Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and many others.
· Backpacking safely and responsibly in bear country
· Injury prevention and expectation management
· Navigating difficult terrain
· Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics™
· Resupply and food Strategies
· UL and lightweight gear systems
· Pack “shake-downs” (optional)
· Outdoor gear raffle
For tickets and information, visit aldhawest.org.