American Long Distance Hiking Association - West

Bellingham Ruck

  • 31 Mar 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham, WA
  • 145


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Bellingham Ruck

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 hikers

Talk trail, trade stories, and get inspired by friends old and new

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