Beginners Backpacking Trip
Morgan-Monroe Backpacking Skills Trip
September 30 – October 1, 2017
Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Sharon Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cost: $25 (non-refundable) for Sat Dinner and Sunday Breakfast and use of club gear – Bring lunch and snacks for the trail
Maximum/Minimum number: 8/6
Morgan–Monroe State Forest (south of Martinsville)
September 30, 2017, 9:30 AM to October 1, 2017 12:00 pm
(no rain date)
Wilderness Level 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best.
Cancellation Date: September 15th (fee must be received by this date)
Learn and practice backpacking skills with experienced CIWC members. First priority for this trip is reserved for those who have not yet participated in a beginner trip in 2017. The trip will then open to other members who have attended an event this year and would like to attend another one by August 12, 2017.
Rendezvous point: To be announced.
Trip Plan: First order of the day will be to get acquainted and then make sure everyone has their pack adjusted properly. Group items will be dispersed among the participants, which will consist of group food, cooking and kitchen gear and some materials we’ll use in skills training, such as water filters and ropes for hanging food at night. Everything we will need for overnight will be carried into the backcountry where we will make camp,
Working as a group goals would be to teach the basics of shelter, fire, water, personal hygiene and camp food. It will be extremely helpful if participants have either (1) been to the beginning backpacking class or (2) have prior camping experience.
Shelter: We would cover how to pitch a backpacking tent and keep the inside dry. We will also show various methods of erecting a tarp.
Fire: We would teach how to gather tinder and fuel and how to start and safely maintain a fire.
Water: Various water collection and purification procedures will be demonstrated.
Personal Hygiene: Personal cleanliness and “bathroom” processes will be explained.
Camp Food: Leaders will demonstrate and prepare a camp dinner and a camp breakfast. Group involvement is a key part of our club culture for shared camp duties for meal preparation and clean up procedures. So, we will involve everyone in the process. Methods will be discussed and demonstrated for keeping a clean camp and protecting food from critters.