Ever wanted to start backpacking, but weren't sure where to start? Specifically for those new to the activity, this class will cover the best gear, easy, scenic, close-in trails, and practical tips for trail nutrition, food storage and group hiking. There will be plenty of time for questions and to see all the gear. Taught by Erik Soltan, a wilderness expert who started Get Out Backpacking to share his love of backpacking and to help others experience the incredible beauty and freedom of the outdoors. He has been backpacking in the Pacific Northwest for almost 15 years, and holds a certificate in Outdoor Education, is a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) alumnus, and received a leadership degree from the Wilderness Education Association.