One Foot in Front of the Other: A Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking

Friday, July 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Meet at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest West Parking Lot, College Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226, USA. Click Here for a Google Map. 

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Please register by Thursday, July 22nd. Click here to register.

This Week's Program:

Join LRCC member Evan for a morning walk in the woods to learn the basics of backpacking, leave-no-trace, and how to conserve New Hampshire’s natural resources for generations to come. Participants will first learn what backpacking is and isn’t, how to get started, and the responsibility one undertakes when recreating in the outdoors. The program will dive into the “Big 3” needed for backpacking and how to plan appropriately for different outings. We will discuss the do’s and don’ts of food and water and how to minimize the chances of a negative bear encounter in the woods. Leave No Trace (LNT) principles will be discussed both in the context of backpacking and what members can do to extend those principles into their everyday lives. Ultimately, this program will teach participants how to break into the wonderful world of backpacking and how to make those new adventures a safe and fun experience!

Audience: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Must be able to walk long distances and over uneven terrain.

Materials: Water & food for a 2 hour hiking excursion, sunscreen, bug spray, weather appropriate clothing, and comfortable shoes for hiking. Masks for those who want to wear one though they are not required.

This Week's LRCC Presenter: 

My name is Evan and I am looking forward to meeting new people and sharing my love of backpacking with everyone! I am an LRCC member and started recently this past May. Although I have not been here long, I have come to develop an appreciation for the Lakes Region and all it has to offer. I look forward to teaching others how to break into the world of backpacking and how to do so responsibly and respectfully this summer. If I am not backpacking, I can be found day-hiking mountains, swimming in some body of water, or cooking new foods.

SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about LRCC.


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