Beginner Backpacking Workshop

January 18, 2014

Are you interested in trying out backpacking as a new hobby but not sure where to start? We are pleased to offer this indoor learn-to-backpack program. Spend a cold winter’s day in a warm auditorium learning about some of the equipment, skills and techniques to go on your first backpacking trek. We will go over everything from what to buy, what to eat and how to cook, to using your gear and getting drinking water. How to avoid encounters with bears — and what to do if you find yourself face-to-face — will also be addressed. We’ll put a big emphasis on staying safe, Leave No Trace practices and being comfortable in a wild place. This program will be held in Yosemite Valley starting at 9 am until around 4 pm.

Experience package includes camping Jan. 17–19 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Jan. 17–19. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. 

Hiking: Minimal
Elevation: 4,000'
Experience package: $89
Leader: Pete Devine
Guide
Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine has taught outdoors in Yosemite for 30 years and is the now the Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist. Originally from New England, Pete has worked in the West as a park ranger, archeologist, river guide, naturalist and teacher. He has hiked the Alps, Andes, Himalaya, Min Shan and Southern Alps, and has a bird list that includes motmots, minivets, drongos and the plain-mantled tit spinetail. Pete has been studying the recession of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier since 1998. He’s been a popular seminar instructor and a speaker at numerous conferences, has trained many rangers and naturalists, has served on several nonprofit boards, and in 2009 he was awarded the highest honor given by the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. 

Watch Pete in action in Episode 9 of Yosemite Nature Notes, "Frazil Ice".