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Thru-Hiking 101 w/ Paul Mags

Neptune Mountaineering
Event organized by Neptune Mountaineering

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Ready to hike the Collegiate Loop (165 mi), Colorado Trail (500 mi), or the Continental Divide Trail (3,000 mi)? Don't go until you glean some wisdom from Paul!

A thru-hike of a long trail is an adventure that many backpackers dream of attempting. A chance to be immersed in the wilds for several days, weeks, or even months at a time. But where to start? What resources are available? How do you plan for a thru-hike? And what kind of gear and equipment are needed to walk the walk?

Paul Mags will be presenting a presentation on how to thru-hike a long trail or route. Through photos, stories, looking at various types of gear, and discussing what resources are available, Paul will help an interested backpacker prepare for their extended backpacking journey. Specific examples of discussed thru-hikes will include the 165-mile long Collegiate Loop, the 500-mile long Colorado Trail, and the 3000-mile long Continental Divide Trail.


Paul Magnanti, or Paul Mags for short, has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail (the “Triple Crown” of long-distance trails), as well as Vermont’s Long Trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail, and the Colorado Trail. His most recent jaunt was a 600+ mile walk through Utah on an undefined route with no name or snazzy initials, but was a lot of fun.

Come mingle and learn!

Doors & Beverages: 6:00 pm
Event start: 7:00 pm