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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 19:31

Conquer the camping season

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Camping season is coming, and a smattering of programs is in the offing to help you get ready.

• The backpacking experts at REI will conduct personalized fittings for boots and backpacks 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at REI in Asheville. Bring your equipment to the store for advice on getting the best fit possible, or shop for something new. Samples of backcountry food will be available all day. Free. 

• Tricks and tips for all aspects of hiking will be offered 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at REI in Asheville. The program will cover trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety and local hiking resources. Free, with space limited. Sign up at

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