Feb 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm #1255666
In partnership with Montana BSA, Backpacking Light is offering a leader training on May 21-23 open to a nationwide audience:
Please let us know if you have any questions, and sign up for a stock alert if intersted – we will likely be opening registration tomorrow.
In addition, we'd appreciate any help in getting the word out to the USA Scouting Community about this course.
RyanFeb 24, 2010 at 8:32 am #1577967
Link above in previous post, registration is now open for this program.Mar 2, 2010 at 10:27 am #1580574
Douglas ProsserBPL Member
@daprosserLocale: Camarillo, California (SCAL)
If you are really interested in lightening up your packs for Philmont come on out to Montana for a long weekend & we'll show you a "different" way of backpacking. We'll have you all set for your June, July, August treks.
You will be the lightest people at Philmont!!!
Looking forward to the fun & opportunity to share & learn from all of you.Mar 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm #1583693
terry a thompsonBPL Member
I paid for two spots for the leader training class in ultra light backpacking. When I went to the registration page it only has registration for the boys trek the box at the bottom for the leader trek has a line thru it. Was there another registration form that I missed? How do we register?
thanks, terry588Mar 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm #1583702
Chris WBPL Member
Are you using the page Ryan linked to in his initial post? That should take you to the leader training page and allow you to add it to your shopping cart. You can PM me or email school -at- backpackinglight -dot- com if you continue to have problems.
ChrisMar 11, 2010 at 6:51 am #1585040
Joe HuberBPL Member
@electronic3y3Locale: SF Bay Area
I hope this course is a success. I would love to attend, but I can't justify the transportation costs this year. (I'm not in an active backpacking troop, but I would like to change that).
I think this is a valuable course and would like to use it to supplement HAT training in our council. We don't have any UL instructors.Mar 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm #1587701
@mmercerLocale: Northern Virginia
Looking forward to the training as the advice from my Council literally has me loading down scouts with 40% of their body weight in their pack – not just nutty but downright unsafe. Thanks for offering the course.
Have access to the company plane leaving from Washington DC to Montana. Can take others or pick folks up on the route if you don't want to hassle with the airlines. You can even bring your knives! Let me know if you want to ride in style.Mar 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm #1587733
Michael RayBPL Member
Too bad this wasn't for the first trek or I'd take you up on the flight. I have a conflict with the May training event.
Ryan, how has the response to this been?Mar 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm #1587737
The response has been outstanding to this course, and we are nearly sold out. I'm trying to figure out how to open up a few more slots :)Mar 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm #1587755
Joe ClementBPL Member
I'm trying to figure out how to get the time off for a spot! And wishing Texas was on the flight path between Washington and Montana.Mar 22, 2010 at 10:51 am #1589432
Emil FribergBPL Member
@fribergeLocale: Washington DC
Mike Mercer — could contact me offline regarding your transportation offer? Thanks, firstname.lastname@example.orgMar 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm #1589674
I'm also interested in your travel arrangement depending on departure time. Most likely I won't be able to go because of prior engagements, but if you're leaving late I may be able to swing it. If you could pm me that would be great. Thanks
CubbyMar 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm #1589677
Ben SmithBPL Member
I am also interested in details, please PM me or send me an email at email@example.com .Mar 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm #1589681
I don't have a company plane I can use, however, I have a car and am willing on driving from the bay area to Montana for the class if anyone is interested? It will be a long drive but I am use to long hours so no worries there. Any takers? Otherwise, I will use my Miles.
Jason CuzzettoMar 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm #1592271
Tony RoncoBPL Member
I've signed up for the course, and I have a question: Is there a mailing address to send TSA restricted items (specifically a knife)?Apr 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm #1593595
If you check a piece of luggage at the ticket counter you can bring your knife. You just don't want to have it going through x-ray. I bring a knife for work when I travel all the time. I just can't hand carry it on the aircraft. It must be in your checked baggage. I keep mine in my shaving kit.
Thanks – JasonApr 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm #1593597
So I have been working the school's list pretty hard.
I am a big guy and have big feet. The Inova-8 shoes didn't cut it for me. Size 13 length was good and the fit at the back of the heal was ok, however the front toe box was crowded for my wider feet.
I use to manage an outdoor shoe store so I have a lot of experience with shoe fit. These would do better for the narrower footed person.
JasonMay 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm #1614295
Michael RayBPL Member
How did it go?May 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm #1614325
Joe ClementBPL Member
I'm still bummed I didn't get to go.May 28, 2010 at 11:35 am #1614862
Chris WBPL Member
@simplespiritLocale: .Jun 3, 2010 at 12:49 am #1616302
This was my first time at a class that included other light backpacking lovers. On top of it there were Scout leaders from all over the country there to learn from the instructors and from eachother. Everyone showed amazing skills and understanding of the lightweight principals. There were only a few new to lightweight thought, they were geared well.
The instruction again was great. But I learned just as much from the other Scout leaders on the practical application of lightweight backpacking and Scouting. The bug is there. We see it,the interest, but no one knew what to do and we decided there wasn't one answer. There are many. So we are all out trying to teach them.
I am back to planning and reading. I think I know how to approach it. Now to get to the teaching. I am a business trip and a power point presentation away from being where I need to be. But hopefully by the end of the summer I will be somewhere… Here goes!
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