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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:
Bob Ballou




        Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can participate in over forty
workshops and hands-on clinics this Saturday at the Pacific Crest Trail
Association's Annual Campfest at Camp Herms in El Cerrito.
        Experts will offer expert advice on everything needed for safe an=
enjoyable wilderness travel on foot or horseback.  A sample of topics
includes Dutch Oven Cooking, GIS/GPS Mapping Tools, Hiking with Children,=

Horse and Llama Packing, Mountain Medicine, Orienteering, Stealth Camping=
Trail Maintenance, Wilderness Photography and Woodcarving.
        A special program for younger children will give moms and dads an=

opportunity to enjoy the clinics and workshops without junior in tow.  An=

auction of outdoor recreation gear from some of the country=92s best know=
manufacturers, and a traditional campfire program featuring old fashion
sing-alongs and cowboy poet, Bill Roberts, will round out the day.
        California trail guide author Jeffrey Schaffer and Pacific Crest
Trail Guidebooks co- author Dr. Ben Schifrin will be on hand to answer
questions and discuss the making of the PCT and how to enjoy it.  Several=

PCT thru-hikers will also be on hand to show pictures and discuss their
hikes on the longest completed scenic trail in the country.
        Dr. Ben York, the only person to thru-ride the trail in one seaso=
will be on hand to discuss his experience and offer advice to trail rider=
and back country horsemen on "Gentle Use" and low-impact stock packing.
        Cartographer, Tom Harrison, will discuss map reading and the type=
of maps to use when planning a trip in the wilderness.  Dr. Schifrin will=

discuss wilderness first aid in a session entitled =93Blisters, Bumps and=

Bruises=94 and cold weather first aid in another entitled =93Hell, and Wh=
en It
Freezes Over.=94
        Representatives of the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land
Management, Alameda County Search and Rescue, Bay Area Ridge Trail Counci=
and Contra Costa County Search and Rescue will also be on hand for
demonstrations and seminars.
        Camp Herms is located just off of Arlington Blvd between Portrero=

Avenue and Mosser Lane, and borders Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.  A free=

shuttle will run every half-hour between the Del Norte BART station and
Camp Herms.
        A $6.00 entrance fee of covers all workshops and clinics.  Lunch
and dinner are available by reservation only.  Call Campfest at (888)
PC-TRAIL or (916) 349-2109 for more information or meal reservations.

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