Matzko to share backpacking tips at Blount Pellissippi campus

Jaimie Matzko will share her expertise in backpacking at a lecture at Pellissippi’s Blount Campus.

Jaimie Matzko will share her expertise in backpacking at a lecture at Pellissippi’s Blount Campus.

As the leaves change color and the mornings grow cool, the Great Smoky Mountains beckon to backpackers from all over the region and U.S.

The next speaker for the Community Treasures Lecture Series at the Blount County Campus, Jaimie Matzko, knows well how to prepare for these excursions.

Her presentation, “Backpacking 101 in the Smokies,” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the West Chevrolet Auditorium at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus.

Matzko brings over 15 years of experience backpacking in eight states. She has led backpacking trips through the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, taught Leave No Trace ethics and is currently a guide for “A Walk in the Woods” Guide Service in Gatlinburg.

In this lecture, she will share tips on how to plan and prepare your backpacking trip, how to minimize your impact in the backcountry and on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s resources, and how to make the most of your next trip. In addition to covering the essentials of backpacking, Matzko will also discuss the National Park Service’s permit system.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. There is no charge for admission. Light refreshments will be served.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Learn more information about the Community Treasure Lecture Series at www.pstcc.edu, or call the Blount County Campus at 865-981-5300 or Lisa Robinson at 865-981-5326.

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