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Basics of Backpacking

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 State Route 28 Mount Tremper, NY 12457 US (map)

Come with questions to the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY as our resident outdoor adventure and gear expert Olivia Bernard goes over the essential things to know when starting out as a backpacker. She’ll show off camping equipment and talk about the kinds of things to look for when investing in your own gear from backpack to tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, and water filtration system.

On a short hike to a campsite, learn the basics of setting up camp, Leave No Trace principles, and bear bag hangs. A great opportunity to meet others, ask questions, and practice camping skills in a controlled environment. Feel free to bring your own gear to try out, whether it’s a new backpack you want help sizing or a new pair of boots to break in.

Event duration (hours): 2.5 hours

Event duration (miles): 1

Level of difficulty: Easy

Participants should bring: Any gear that you want to use and ask questions about. One liter of water recommended and a snack.