What the "ruck"?

Ruck is the German word for Backpacking, and has been used through the trail community as a name for an event that helps you get out and backpack.

This day-long event is designed for all sorts of backpackers (from novice to expert) to prepare themselves for the hiking season. The primary focus is on attendees looking to set out on their first long-distance hike be it on the Camino de Santiago, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, Timberline, Wonderland, or John Muir Trail.

Whether you are on trail for a few days or several months, if you’re hiking this summer, this is the event to attend! In the past, ALDHA-West has hosted Rucks in Idaho, Stevenson, Washington, Sedro-Woolley, Washington, the California Bay Area, and Golden, Colorado. 

2021 Rucks

Due to COVID-19, we will be holding a series of Ruck style events online.  

Ruck #1

Thru-Hiking Fundamentals

January 27, 2021
5:00pm PST

Ruck #3

Advanced topics

February 25, 2021
5:00pm PST

Ruck #2

Affinity Spaces

February 9, 2021
5:00pm PST

Ruck #4


March 10, 2021
5:00pm PST

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