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Backpacking Basics

Backpacking Basics

Don’t head into the backcountry without the skills and knowledge to make your trip both safe and fun! This course is “packed” with instruction on the latest lightweight equipment, “Leave No Trace” practices, trip planning, water treatment, backcountry cooking, campsite selection and more. Gear will be provided for you to evaluate and try on.  

About Instructor Anastasia Allison

Anastasia Allison is a former park ranger and police officer, turned full-time Adventurepreneur.  She is the Seattle trail scout and gear tester for Backpacker Magazine, a wilderness first responder and has been backpacking and climbing in the Pacific Northwest, and around the world, for nearly two decades.  She has been a backpacking instructor with Washington Outdoor Women since 2009 and currently runs the “Toward the Mountaintop Inch By Inch” hiking/backpacking group on Facebook. Ever since she was a little kid, she’s found deep fulfillment through sharing her own wilderness experiences, and by inspiring others to create their own adventures. 


About Instructor Brenda Gordon

Brenda has been teaching ninth grade science for 21 years after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire. After school, on weekends, and during the summer she likes to climb peaks. So far this year, she has summited 50 peaks. Also, during the summer, she likes to climb mountains around the world. The highest mountain she climbed was 26,906 foot high ChoOyu, in the Himalayas. She recently returned from a climbing trip in Mongolia. 

Brenda has been climbing since the late nineties, when she and her husband found themselves in a precarious position on rocks on the way to a local peak. They took the Mountaineers Basics Climbing Course to learn more about hiking and climbing. Over the years following, Brenda completed a Wilderness First Responder course, an AIARE avalanche course, and multiple extended mountain skill seminars with International Mountain Guides. She has been frolicking in the wilds with Anastasia for over 10 years. Brenda also enjoys weight lifting, mountain biking and scuba diving.