Hiking ExplorePACKS

Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of our Hiking ExplorePACKS. Any adult and teen with an RPL Library card may borrow the ExplorePACKS.

The Hiking ExplorePACKS are starter packs, perfect for a fun and educational way to spend time outdoors and appreciate nature!

Each Hiking ExplorePACKS contains the essentials:

  • Headlamp
  • Bivy sack (emergency blanket & shelter)
  • Rescue whistle
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency radio & charger
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack
  • Compass

There are 3 types of Hiking ExplorePACKS available to be borrowed:

Hiking ExplorePACK Single Pack
Hiking ExplorePACK 2-Person Pack
Hiking ExplorePACK 4-Person Pack

For more information on what to bring hiking, click here.

These kits are made possible by the support of the BC Parks Licence Plate Program and BC AdventureSmart.


Given the strong community interest and limited number of kits, some patrons will experience a wait before a backpack becomes available. We appreciate your patience.

Hiking trips are the responsibility of the individuals checking out the Hiking ExplorePACKS. BC Parks, Adventure Smart, and Richmond Public Library will not be held liable for injury due to the usage of the Hiking ExplorePACKS.


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