Backpacking 101 - Get Started With Backpacking!

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Are you ready to try backpacking after an inspiring visit to a national park?  Ready to introduce your kids to the great outdoors?  Are you a longtime hiker who needs a refresher after too much time away from the trails?  Whatever your goal, this indoor workshop will teach you the techniques to have a safe and enjoyable backpacking trip.  Topics covered will be backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, clothes, footwear, weather, terrain, comfort zone, trip planning, and Leave No Trace Principles.  

Andy Niekamp, Chief Adventure Officer of outdoor Adventure Connection has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 25 years and has logged over 14,000 miles in more than 30 different states.  He is the founder and organizer of Dayton Hikers, the largest outdoor and most active recreation club in Dayton, Ohio.  Andy also operates a backcountry guide service, is an active volunteer for Five Rivers MetroParks, the Buckeye Trail Association, and Kentucky State Parks.

Open to all ages.  Seating on a first come basis.