Ron Bell, the founder and owner of Mountain Laurel Designs, one of the most innovative and influential ultralight backpacking gear companies, will be joining Alan Dixon, Joe McConaughy, and me as a special guest on the Backpacking Fundamentals course in West Virginia, May 10-12, 2019.
Ron last joined us in 2012, and I’m excited to have him back. He has exceptional understanding of gear design, manufacturing, fabrics, materials, and trends. His insights on shelters, sleeping bags, and backpacks should be fascinating. Ron is also great company, and is deeply embedded in the backpacking community.
I’m still sorting out the fourth guide for the May 13-15 session. My leading applicant is a DC-based alumni with a PhD in environmental sciences, with a specific focus on the ecology and geology of the Appalachians, who has also thru-hiked the Sierra High Route, Wind River High Route, and the Rocky Mountain section of the Pfiffner Traverse. TBA.