“Winter Backpacking Fundamentals” @ Flanders Nature Center

If you love to explore the winter landscape of Connecticut, it is always a good idea to carry a backpack. Flanders Nature Center is hosting Mat Jobin, founder, owner, and guide for the adventure travel company “Reach Your Summit”. Participants will earn how they can enjoy the colder weather and winter backpacking both safely and comfortably. Whether you are new to backpacking or a seasoned trekker you will gain great insight at this interactive presentation being held at Flanders on Saturday, October 5th at 9 a.m. Learn the fundamentals of Trip Planning, Choosing the Right Gear, Clothing Selection for Cold Weather, Winter Travel, Setting up Camp, How to Sleep Warm, Tips, Tricks, Methods & Safety Tips.

As a guide Mat has led hundreds of trips for individuals, business groups, and families. He has hiked considerable distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, New England Trail, Pacific Crest, with extensive backpacking also in Glacier National Park, High Sierras, and Cape Breton, Green, White, Taconic Mountains, the Berkshires, and more. He holds a safety certification in Wilderness Medicine and First Aid, Kayak Water Rescue, and CPA/AED for The Professional Rescuer.

There will be an opportunity to ask all your questions with answers drawn from Mat’s personal experience out on the trails and in the mountains.
Jobin will showcase the gear he himself carries for winter backpacking. If desired bring your own pack and gear to receive personalized advice on what will be needed for wherever your first or next winter backpacking adventure takes you!

The program will begin at 9 AM and be held at the Flanders Studio which is located at the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads in Woodbury. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Those interested may register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for more information.

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