ALDHA-West is partnering with the PNTA to bring a ruck to Bellingham, WA!
Join us for a fun day learning about all things long-distance hiking in the Northwest!
Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham, WA
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks, will be provided!
Bloedel Multi-Purpose Room - Bloedel Donovan Park - Bellingham, WA - 3/31/18
8:00 - 8:45 Arrival, Check In & Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 President’s Welcome
Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa, President of ALDHA-West
9:00 - 9:30 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System
History of the National Trails System from the 1960’s to Today
9:30 - 10:00 Modern Backpacking Gear Panel
Panel Discussion with Experienced Long Distance Hikers
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:00 Safety & Hazards
Snow Travel, Stream Crossings, Lightning, and Bears (Oh My!)
11:00 - 11:30 Nutritional and Resupply Panel
Learn different strategies regarding what to eat and how to get it on the trail
11:30 - 12:00 LNT and Trail Town Etiquette
Learn to use our trails responsibly, and be a good ambassador for our community
12:00 - 1:00 Pizza Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 Trail Breakout Sessions
Q&A on individual trails - PNT, PCT, CDT, ODT, and more
1:45 - 2:15 Things that can End Your Hike
Things don’t always work out. Knowing why can increase your chances for success
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Experience the Pacific Northwest Trail
Learn about hiking the PNT from PNTA Executive Director and thru-hiker, Jeff Kish
3:30 - 4:00 Raffle
Win great gear, provided by great sponsors, to support our great cause!
5:00 - ? Shakedown and Wind Down @ Aslan Brewing
Join us on the private balcony at Aslan Brewing!
Refine your gear list with the help of seasoned long distance hikersTalk trail, trade stories, and get inspired by friends old and new