Phoenix's Top Events: June 15-20 - Backpacker

Phoenix's Top Events: June 15-20

Our 5 favorite excursions for the week.
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1. Class: International and Adventure Travel Basics
6:30-8 pm
Where: REI Paradise Valley, Phoenix, AZ
Cost: Free (registration required)
Details: Thinking about an exciting adventure abroad? Curious about what planning the trip might entail? Join our International and Adventure Travel experts to learn the nuances of an international adventure trip. During this class we will cover aspects of pre-planning and preparation, logistics, equipment and apparel selection, adventure travel activities, and resources available to make your next adventure one to remember.


2. Hike: West Clear Creek
7 am-9 pm
Where: West Clear Creek, Coconino National Forest, AZ
Cost: Free (registration required)

A remote and wet hike with swimming and wading through a Coconino Sandstone canyon. This isolated corner of the Coconino National Forest, Willow and Clover Creeks flow together to create West Clear Creek. Several writers have described this stream as one of the most remote and beautiful in the American Southwest. The canyon that the creek has cut into the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau is so deep and narrow that to proceed down it one is required to wade or swim.
We will begin the hike from the parking site at the end of 142E. A short, steep descent of about 650 ft will bring us to the creek.
In places there is a narrow, well-defined trail, but the whole distance can be traveled wading through the creek. As we walk through the narrow canyon there are a few places where progress can be accomplished only by short swimming or wading, since the creek flows between sheer cliffs on either side.

3. Hike: Little Granite Mountain Trail
7 am-2:30 pm
Where: Little Granite Mountain, Prescott, AZ
Cost: Free (registration required)
Details: Join us this Saturday for a day hike on Little Granite Mountain trail 37 in Granite Mountain Wilderness. Volunteers will be inspecting trail and sign conditions and recording their findings with the use of a GPS and camera. We will be meeting at the Little Granite Mountain Trailhead at 7 am and should be back to the vehicles by 2-3. Google maps link to trail head.,-112.5745649,17.47z Please be prepared to hike approx. 6-8 miles and willingness to stop along the way to collect data. Please bring 3-4 liters of water and food and snacks for the day. Closed - toed shoes are required. Check the weather and bring appropriate clothing for hot and possibly rainy weather layers, sun screen, hats, etc. If you need a ride or additional information contact Brian at[masked]


4. Class: Women's Backpacking Basics
6:30-8 pm
Where: REI Chandler, Chandler, AZ
Cost: Free (registration required)
Details: Want to take your day hikes overnight? Connect with other female hikers and REI to get an overview of backpacking planning, preparation and gear in this women's class. Learn how to choose a pack and select proper clothing and footwear. Plus, we'll give you important notes on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles.

5. Film: Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest
6:30-9 pm
Where: Wrigley Hall, Tempe, AZ
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
Details: FREE: Join us for this free film screening, plus a post-film Q&A with Sandy Bahr, the Chapter Director for Sierra Club - Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Film starts at 7:00 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, Room 101 (ASU Tempe Campus - 800 Cady Mall)

ABOUT THE FILM: In the American Southwest, a unique species of wolf unlike any other is making a comeback. Considered extinct nearly 40 years ago, the little known Mexican gray wolf has slowly pulled back from the very brink — against all odds. From a founding population of just seven animals, this species has slowly grown to a current wild population of approximately 100, only to face a new threat from within: its own genetics. As part of a bold recovery mission, one lone wolf is given a chance to offer new hope for the survival of her species.

In telling this story, narrated by Chris Morgan, “Gray Area” explores whether there can be a balanced and sustainable future where ranchers, conservationists, locals, and biologists alike can coexist with this apex predator.

Although the film is free, please consider bringing donations of clothing and/or feminine hygiene products for local nonprofit Women4Women Tempe.

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