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2nd Annual Bellingham Ruck
March 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC-7$20 – $35
Are you planning a thru-hike?
Are you interested in learning new backpacking skills?
Then join PNTA and ALDHA-West for a fun day of: backpacking presentations, break-out Q & A sessions, and community panel discussions on all things long-distance hiking at the second annual ALDHA-West Ruck in Bellingham!
Each year, the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West brings together a diverse group of hikers for a series of fun backpacking clinics, called “Rucks” across the Western States. The mission of ALDHA-West is to inspire, educate and promote fellowship among long distance hikers and those who support long distance hiking. Rucks help fulfill this three part mission; first time backpackers and experienced thru-hikers come together for a full day of hiking-themed fun, education, and fellowship.
Register for the second annual ALDHA-West Ruck, at aldhawest.org. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included. Register soon to receive a collectible 16oz Hydro Flask tumbler — while supplies last — at the door.
ALDHA-West members – $20.00
PNTA Members – $25.00
Registration code required. Contact us for more information.
Non-member Ticket – $35.00
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
8:00 – 8:45: Check-in, coffee and bagels
8:45 – 9:00: Welcome and housekeeping items
9:00 – 9:45: How not to die outdoors
10:00 – 12:00: Breakouts (3×40 minute sessions. Participants choice)
- Pack shakedowns
- Navigation, maps, apps
- Lightweight Gear and hiking styles
- Food and Nutrition, Resupply
- Women’s specific information
- Self care
12:00 – 12:45: Pizza Lunch!
1:00 – 1:30: Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics for long-distance hikers
1:30 – 2:15: Crown Jewel Wilderness author, Lauren Danner will present on the history of North Cascades National Park.
Learn about the effort that protected this iconic area where the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Crest Trails meet!
2:15 – 4:15: Breakouts (3×40 minute sessions. Participants choice)
Trail-specific breakout Q&A sessions with experienced thru-hikers for the:
- Continental Divide Trail
- Pacific Crest Trail
- Pacific Northwest Trail
- Oregon Desert Trail
- Wonderland Trail
4:15 – 4:30: Wrap up and short presentation about ways to give back and get involved
4:30 – ?: PNTA/ALDHA-West Hiker Social – long-distance hiking films and happy hour!