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Class IconJun 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 201

OLT 201 is an overnight outing at Dinosaur Valley State Park for prospective outings leaders who will eventually lead backpacking trips and who have completed OLT 101.  Participants will receive instructions for when and where to arrive Saturday. The outing will adjourn to lunch on Sunday. Training sessions include a hike to demonstrate issues of group management in outdoor situations.    Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconAug 13 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Want to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive.  

     Place:  Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs meeting room.  

     Time: The class begins at 10 AM and lasts until 4 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled.  Buy lunch at the grocery and eat in the classroom.

     Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members.  Online pre-registration (by Aug 12) using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to resolve your questions.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306


Some walks in the woods are easy, but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this fun and comprehensive two-night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, map use if you do get lost, different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. navigating with map and compassThere will be some discussion about GPS, but our main focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it. If not, we'll have extras you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas. This two-night class (second night Thursday, September 29) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. The class fee is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. We encourage online signups by the Monday before the class (click here) or you can pay with cash or check at the door. A half-day hike the following Saturday or Sunday with a class instructor will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Contact: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 29 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2

Join us for this second night of our two-part class that begins Wed., Sep. 28. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details (Sep. 28).  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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