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Class IconAug 16 (Sat) Beginner Backpacking Class - Make It Safe, Make it Easy, Make It Fun

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Come for a fun day of learning so you'll be ready to explore new special places this fall. This comprehensive class is ideal for learning all about backpacking or for refreshing old knowledge and skills. We'll cover backpacks, boots, clothing, tents, sleeping bags, cookware, food, water treatments, wilderness ethics and even short sessions to discuss men's and women's outdoor "issues".  Instructors are experienced Dallas Sierra Club leaders who can relate "wish someone had told me that before" tips from years of  trail and camp experiences.  We encourage questions and a hands-on look at outdoor gear and food items.  Participants get priority for weekend beginner backpacking trips designed specifically for those in the class. A class booklet and lunch of backpacking food are included.  Bring your refillable water bottle and any snacks you'd like. The class fee is $25 for Sierra Club members, $35 for non-members.  No reservations - just show up. Payment by CASH or CHECK is preferred. The class meets in the Guadalupe Peak Room, 2nd floor of the  Dallas REI store, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas 75244 (north side of LBJ between Welch and Midway). Arrive around 10:15 AM to register and get settled. The class will begin at 10:30 and end about 4:45.  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Class IconSep 30 (Tue) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1 (aka Learn to Explore!)

Most walks in the woods are pretty easy but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Please join us to learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this 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, and different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. (replace this text with a short description of the image)There will be some discussion about GPSs, 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 to the class. If you don't have one, we will have an extra you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held at the Dallas REI store (Guadalupe Peak room, 2nd floor), 4515 LBJ Freeway, north side, between Midway and Welch. This two-night class (second night Thur., October 2) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. The class fee is $25 for Sierra Club members and $35 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. Bring a water bottle and pen or pencil for taking notes and writing navigation practice exercises.  No reservations - just show up. A half day hike the following weekend with the class instructor will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Class IconOct 2 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2

This is the second night of our two part class.  See the class listing above (Tuesday, Sept 30) for details. Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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