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Top 5 skills learned in Spokane Mountaineers Backpacking School


The Spokesman-Review Prussick Peak looms behind Deb Hansen and Rick Diffley, who secured permits with other Spokane Mountaineers well in advance of their trip to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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The Spokesman-Review Prussick Peak looms behind Deb Hansen and Rick Diffley, who secured permits with other Spokane Mountaineers well in advance of their trip to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. (FilE / The Spokesman-Review)

HIKING – A few spots are open for the annual Backpacking School taught on Friday evenings over two months by the Spokane Mountaineers

School directors Jeff and Deb Harris offered good reasons for joining the classes. Students will learn and refine their skills in everything from gear selection and navigation to cooking and camp-making tips.

But the Harris's suggest the top five lessons to learn are more subtle:

  1. Know the limits and capabilities of your gear, your body and your mind and respect them.
  2. Tell others you trust about your primary plans, alternate plans and what time you are expected back.
  3. Being in the wilderness does not mean you are exempt from taking care of yourself.  Good hygiene and nutrition are still important.
  4. Be respectful of the landscape, wildlife and terrain you are traveling in.
  5.  In many situations, there are several ways to go about doing things.  Find something that works for you and have fun. 

The Backpacking School starts March 30.

Info: 879-5275, email jeffanddebharris@gmail.com




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