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Left to Right: Reace, Paige, Scott, and Rusty Rinehart

For the past 44 years I have taken thousands of students, friends, and others on backpack trips through the Sierras. I have planned a great backpacking experience for 62 middle school, high school, and college students for this upcoming summer. My program is designed to provide experiences in planning a backpack trip, physical conditioning, proper use of stoves, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, footwear, map reading, first aid & safety, star watching, nature lore, fishing, swimming, campfires, and exploring the beautiful Sierra Nevada Wilderness.

-Scott Rinehart


Our Mission:

To introduce young people to the beauty of themselves and nature in a fun, safe manner by taking only memories and leaving only footprints.




Eddie LindrosIn 1972, Eddie Lindros sat down with teacher friend, Dennis Bueker, who had taken a family trip to Whitney Portal in 1971.
They became interested in developing a summer school class called ‘Exploring California,’ that would culminate with a trip to the Sierra. Since Lindros had done some group backpacking trips with the Los Angeles Y.M.C.A., they began planning a group backpack trip to Mt. Whitney.

Taking 29 kids and a couple of other adults that first summer, they didn’t all make it to the top. However Bueker and Lindros learned some things that could be done differently to improve the trip. In 1973, they repeated the class & trip with 39 kids, and a higher percentage of kids were successful.

"In looking back, I know that backpacking was a very significant part of my life and I enjoy hearing from past Poway Backpackers, that they too are introducing their friends and families to that joy."
“In looking back, I know that backpacking was a very significant part of my life and I enjoy hearing from past Poway Backpackers, that they too are introducing their friends and families to that joy.”

In following years there was increased interest in the program, so Poway Backpackers began hiking in Mammoth and Yosemite, because that area was more suited to larger groups. It is estimated that Lindros introduced backpacking to over 3500 people.



passing the torch
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1980 was a life changing summer for Scott Rinehart. It was the summer where a teacher actually wanted to hang out with him (and other students) outside of school. It was the summer that blew his mind with the awe inspiring beauty of a mountain lake, stream, and mountain passes. It was the summer that opened his mind to what a body can endure and accomplish. It was the summer that introduced Rinehart to his true self. Thirty-six years later the mountains of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park still draw Rinehart in like a high powered magnet.

“I never imagined I would become the steward of this amazing program. I enjoyed every aspect of it as a participant. I loved the added challenge of it as a leader. I wanted to help Eddie in any way I could behind the scenes. For near 20 years, I spent every day of my summer in Eddie’s backyard before, and in between trips readying equipment, packing food, fitting backpacks, and just doing anything that would help this man that gave so much of himself to everyone lucky enough to be around him. Eddie has truly shaped the man, husband, and father I am today so when he brought up his retiring I felt compelled to keep the program alive in his honor with the hopes of impacting young people the way the program impacted me. To this day, I still seek out and listen to his advice on all aspects of the program and life.”

Eddie Lindros and Scott Rinehart circa '82


July 26, 2023, Poway Backpackers’ groups were trekking through the Sierra exactly as Eddie had dreamed of doing in 1972. That same morning, Eddie, went for his daily hike through the trails of Lake Hodges near his home in Rancho Bernardo, CA. Eddie did not make it home. Eddie’s legacy was alive and well that infamous morning. Eddie was doing what he loved. Eddie wanted to live forever in our thoughts and hearts and he believed to achieve this, one would need to affect people in positive ways. I know I am not the only one that firmly believes that Eddie achieved his goal. You can help Eddie maintain his immortality by donating to the Eddie Lindros Scholarship Fund and ensuring that his legacy and desire to positively impact as many people as possible lives on.

See the Eddie Lindros Scholarship Fund to make a Donation

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