Sat, May 19|
Backpacking Fundamentals & Skills On The Appalachian Trail
Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 2,903 ft Time Duration: 2 Days Group Size: 5
Time & Location
May 19, 2018, 10:00 AM – May 20, 2018, 2:00 PM
Bear Mountain, Bear Mountain, Salisbury, CT 06068, USA
About The Event
Backpack along the Appalachian Trail to Lions Head and Connecticut's highest peak, Bear Mountain (2,316 ft), learn and practice new skills, test out gear and enjoy some of the best views in the area (including one of the best spots to catch the sunrise).
This 16.5 mile loop trip will bring us by waterfalls, through dense woodlands to a ravine and down an exciting section with some technical scrambling.
This trip is open to all though you will most likely find it suitable if you are:
- First-time backpacker with some day-hiking, car-camping experience and are interested in learning to go on more overnight or multi-day trips
- Beginner backpacker who wants to improve know-how
- Intermediate backpacker who wants to improve skills and modernize gear
- Advanced backpacker looking for a refresher or a new adventure
Other considerations to make:
- You should be willing and able to hike up to 10 miles per day over varying terrain with an increase in intensity at times
- You should be comfortable hiking all day wearing a 20+ lb pack
- You should be willing to hike off-trail to learn and practice your navigation skills
Group size is 5. RSVP is required. Waiver/Assumption of Risk documents are required before participation and can be signed electronically or in person the day of this trip. This event will be held rain or shine.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me: Mat, email@example.com
Cost: $250 per person
- 5 Star backpacking guiding and instruction
- Group gear rental including headlamps, cookset, fuel, first-aid supplies, gear repair kit, bear bag, etc.
- National Forest permit and/or campsite permit (reservations)
- Breakfast, dinner and 2 snacks
- Free product
- Demo gear rental including shelters, stoves, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and water treatment
What's Not Included:
- Park entry fee (if required)
- Personal gear and supplies
- Additional snacks and food
What Will You Learn:
- Trip planning
- Gear selection
- On-trail & Off-trail navigation
- Basic Map-reading
- Operation of compass
- Foot care & footwear
- Food planning & nutrition
- Water quality assessment & treatment
- Campsite selection
- Shelter setups
- Stove operation
- Bear bag hanging
- Leave No Trace Principles
- How to pack a backpack
- Wildlife precautions and encounters
What To Expect:
Exact trip details (meeting location, time, etc) will be specified weeks or even months before your trip. The itinerary below is simply meant to help you plan your travel and to better understand how the trip will flow.
- Meet at our entry point 10am
- Make introductions
- Distribute group food
- Distribute group gear
- Check personal gear, supplies & make final decisions
- Begin hiking
- Learn & discuss navigation, water treatment, first aid, gear repair, foot care
- Arrive at camp, learn and discuss campsite selection, campsite setup, bear bag hanging, fire starting (if regulations allow), pre-meal meditation
- Meal, clean-up
- Personal time/lights out
- Breakfast, campsite breakdown
- Around noon +/-1 or 2 hours arrive back to entry point
- Sort through personal and group gear
- Final group meal (optional)
Why Should I Join:
This is a one-of-a-kind experience that will not only teach you fundamentals of backpacking, but will also help you leave feeling confident, strong, creative, relaxed and ready for the next adventure. Master the art of balance. This weekend is an investment in your backpacking future. It will save you considerable time and money in the long run, and it will greatly enhance your future trips & experiences, whether they be short or long, solo or with a group or the Scouts. This weekend is focused on you and providing you with quality, value, safety, comfort and personal growth. You will be under the guidance of a reputable, credible and accomplished professional guide who wants to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable for you at a high level.
Save time and money. Avoid spending hundreds of dollars on gear and learning to backpack the hard way. Learn hands-on skills that will make backpacking fun, not work. You’ll learn trip planning techniques to make the process less stressful and overwhelming. Enjoy your backpacking experiences more. Get experience-backed information that is tailored to you, your preferences, your experience and your budget. Try out gear, see and learn about things before going out and buying it yourself.
Invest in your backpacking future and avoid learning things the hard way.
Gratuities are always greatly appreciated and typically range from 5-10%.
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