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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. 

  • Sep 27, 2024, 3:00 PM – Sep 29, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Camp Augusta, 17530 Lake Vera Purdon Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959
    Join us for the 2024 ALDHA-West Gathering at Nevada City, CA. September 27-29th. The weekend includes special guest speakers, the Triple Crown Award Ceremony, Martin Pappendick Award, our LEGENDARY Gear Raffle, General Membership Meeting, and more. It's gonna be an awesome party!
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