Outdoors

Schools For Hikers

Backpacking

Two Spokane clubs have set dates for their annual spring backpacking courses. Both courses offer instruction covering topics such as equipment, meals, safety and first aid, and map and compass.

The Backpacking Club’s nine-week school starts March 29. Friday classes run 6:30p.m.-9 p.m. Includes practice camp-out and three-day backpacking trip. Fee: $50, including membership. Discounts for couples, families. Pre-registration required. Info: 467-8099.

The Spokane Mountaineers’ seven-week course starts April 12, with registration beginning at 6 p.m. at Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland. Friday evening sessions, plus graduation backpack trip over Memorial Day weekend. Cost $20 plus club membership. Info: 467-6159.

For information on this and other courses offered by the club, see the Meet the Mountaineers program on Thursday, 7 p.m., at REI, 1125 N. Monroe. , DataTimes



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