American Long Distance Hiking Association - West

NorCal Ruck

  • 26 Jan 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • MLK Jr Shoreline Center, Oakland, CA
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3rd Annual NorCal Ruck

New location this year!

MLK Jr Shoreline Center, Oakland, CA

Interested in long distance backpacking? Come to the ALDHA-West Ruck!  Enjoy a fun and educational day learning about all aspects of long distance hiking. Topics will include lightweight gear , food and resupply, navigation, trail specific information (PCT, JMT, Tahoe Rim Trail, and more!), meet new people and enjoy the company of others passionate about long distance hiking! 

All abilities and experience levels welcome!

Breakfast and Lunch included.

9:30 - 10:15 Check-in and breakfast
Bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, and coffee!

10:15 - 10:55 Navigation, Maps and Apps with Kimchi
Navigation methods and tools available for long distance hiking

11:00 - 11:40 How Not to Die with Giggles and Duncan
Long distance hiking safety - bears, snow, water, lightning and more!

11:45 - 12:30 Lightweight Gear with Duncan, Shroomer, Snorkel, and Giggles
A discussion and “show and tell” of what experienced long distance hikers pack

12:30 - 1:00 Lunch
Pizza and salad

1:00 - 1:30 Leave No Trace & Trail Town Etiquette with Drop-N-Roll and Snorkel
Best practices for being good ambassador for the hiking community

1:40 - 2:20 Food, Nutrition and Resupply with Duncan and panelists
Trail food ideas, fueling for success, resupply strategies

2:30 - 3:00 Budgeting & Finances with Duncan and panelists
Costs to plan for and ways to save

3:10 - 4:10 Trail Specific Breakouts and Pack Shakedowns
2x 30 minute sessions - pick 2!
Trail Breakouts: Learn specifics from folks who’ve hiked these trails

  • PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)
  • JMT (John Muir Trail)
  • Camino de Santiago
  • TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail)
  • CDT (Continental Divide Trail)
  • Other: We will try to accommodate other trails if there’s interest

Pack Shakedowns:
Bring your pack full of gear and an experienced hiker will help you refine your kit

4:15 - 4:30 Raffle!

4:30 - 4:45 Closing Remarks

Suggested things to bring:

  • A water bottle
  • paper and pen for taking notes
  • Your complete backpacking kit if you'd like a pack shakedown
  • Cash or credit card if you'd like to buy raffle tickets.

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