BASIC BACKPACKING AND LEADERSHIP COURSE (B.B.L.C.) To teach and prepare our hikers and/or backpackers to be safe and competent leaders, we are offering a Basic Backpacking Leadership Course (B.B.L.C.) every other year. The Basic Backpacking Leadership Course is taught in April and May. We have shortened the course to 4 indoor classes on Friday evenings. A short backpack features an outdoor clinic on map, compass, and GPS. Students must complete all of the former as well as 5 hikes in March, April, and May to qualify for the Wilderness Graduation Backpack during May. (see chart below). Cost includes tuition plus money for the textbook.Members who take this course agree in writing to lead outings for the club in return for being taught basic skills and leadership. Students must be 18 or older. Call (509) 467-8099 as early as possible.
The location of the Graduation Wilderness Backpack will be selected based on snow levels, trail & road conditions, and the make-up of the group. The Backpacking Club makes a deliberate effort to do the Memorial Day Weekend wilderness trek to a variety of locations rather than returning to the same spot year after year. Destinations have been:
1994-Wenaha River, Crooked Creek: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Oregon
1995-Wenaha River, Fairview Bar: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Oregon
1996-Panjab Traverse: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Washington
1997-Selway River: Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Idaho
1998-Upper Priest River: de facto wilderness, Idaho. Adjacent to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area
1999-Emerald Lake: Valhalla Wilderness, British Columbia
2000-Panjab Traverse: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Washington
2001-Black Lake: Pasayten Wilderness, Washington
2002-Crooked Creek, Third Creek: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Washington
2003-Earl Gray Trail (west end): Purcell Wilderness, British Columbia
2004-Blodgett Canyon: Selway -Bitterroot Wilderness, Montana
2005-Bear Creek: Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
2006-Summit Ridge - Cow Creek Loop: Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
2007-Upper Imnaha River: Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
2008-Crooked Creek - Wenaha River Traverse: Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, Washington and Oregon
2009-Summit Ridge - Deep Creek Loop: Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
2010-Chelan Lakeshore Trail: Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness, Washington
2011-Shi-Shi Beach - Lake Ozette Traverse: Olympic Wilderness Area, Olympic National Park, Washington
2012- Bear Creek, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
Where will we backpack in 2013? That is dependent on road, trail, and weather conditions around MMenmorial Day.
Interested? Call 467-8099
NOTE: this course is a pre-requisite for most of the clubs backpacking trips.