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Germantown MetroPark, Ohio

Backpacking Workshop and Overnight Trip


     

Backpacking Workshop and Overnight Trip
Skill: Level I
September 15 - 16, 2018
Germantown MetroPark near Dayton, Ohio
Meets at 10:00am
Fee: $95 - Includes Saturday dinner.

Ready to learn about backpacking? This is a perfect opportunity!


Description: This is a one night, backpacking trip for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It includes seven workshops on backpacking essentials that every backpacker should know. This trip is designed for those with little or no backpacking experience who have always wanted to try backpacking under the guidance of highly experienced backpackers. Experienced backpackers are welcome too! Share your tips and hints!

Limit 15 participants. Registration Has Closed.




About Germantown MetroPark: Germantown MetroPark is the most diverse and significant natural in southwest Ohio. The size, quality, and age of the woodlands are exceptional. Many species of plants and animals here are found nowhere else in Montgomery County. The park also contains large open grasslands, cedar glades, dry hillside prairies, all stages of natural succession, several ponds, and an exceptionally high quality stream, Twin Creek. It is home to the Twin Valley Backpacking Trail. Park Web Site


The Plan: On Saturday we will hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace over varied terrain from the sledding hill to Shimp Hollow group campsite where we will spend the night. On Sunday morning we will hike 2.5 miles back to our cars arriving around noon.

During this backpacking trip we will conduct seven short workshops and cover these topics:


  • Proper Backpack Fitting and Trekking Pole Adjustment.
  • Bear Bagging - Hanging Your Food In A Tree
  • Backcountry Sanitation & Hygiene In The Woods
  • Fire Building
  • Backpacking Stoves & Cooking
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Packing Your Backpack & Gear Organization

What Is Included? Your registration fee includes professional guides, all workshops, course material, any shuttle, camping, parking or permit fees, Saturday dinner and dessert around the campfire. Dinner will consist of sampling various backpacking food entrees. This is a great chance to check out different backpacking food choices and decide which you like best!

Not included: Gear, meals, (except for Saturday dinner), snacks, transportation and optional guide gratuity.

Required Equipment:

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag & Pad
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Sitting Pad. Foam or Inflatable
  • Warm Clothes (warm hat, gloves & long underwear)
  • Rain Gear
  • Food: Saturday Lunch, Sunday Breakfast.
  • Personal medications: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Antacids, Pepto-Bismol, Prescriptions (as needed).
A pair of trekking poles, hiking stick or staff is highly recommended!

Don't Have Backpacking Gear? Rent It For A Low Cost!

Rental Gear: For only $45 you can rent a backpack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad for the night. We have both two-person and one-person tents. People renting a two-person tent will be paired with someone who is renting gear also. Let us know your preference for a two-person or one-person tent and if you already have a tent mate selected. The gear will be distributed at start of the hike for you to carry. The rental gear is first come-first served and must be paid for in advance. Rental gear quantities are limited. Choose the rental gear option from the PayPal drop down box below.

Your Guides:


Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp. Andy Niekamp is the Chief Adventure Officer for Outdoor Adventure Connection, which specializes in backcountry adventures. Andy has backpacked over 14,000 miles including four end to end hikes of the Appalachian Trail and thru hikes of the Buckeye Trail, Ohio To Erie Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Long Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail, Colorado Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, John Muir Trail and the Bartram Trail. Andy is founder and leader of the Dayton Hikers group, the largest outdoor recreation group in Dayton, Ohio, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Andy Niekamp grew up and lives in Dayton and has a passion for long distance hiking which he shares with others. Andy brings his wealth of backpacking experience and his passion for hiking to this program. He has two rules for his backpacking trips. Number 1: Be safe. Number 2: Have fun!


Karen "Tag Along" Power. Karen began backpacking in 2014 at the age of 60 after completing Outdoor Adventure Connection's backpacking workshop and overnight trip. Since then Karen has backpacked many times in many places including the Appalachian Trail, Foothills Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Buckeye Trail, Twin Valley Trail, Red River Gorge, Big South Fork, Cumberland Gap and most recently, a solo hike in part of Maine's 100 Mile Wilderness. She loves the "living in the moment" feeling of backpacking and being outdoors. Karen is a retired college professor, mother of three sons, grandmother to three and enjoys travelling. Karen is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED.



Glenn Roberts. Glenn has been backpacking for 30 years, and still hasn't figured out whether he has 30 years of experience, or 1 year of experience 30 times. All of his backpacking has been in the eastern U.S., mostly in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, with the occasional trip to the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and to Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. Many of Glenn's trips nowadays are long weekends, with the occasional week-long trip. He is a recreational backpacker; He goes out there to have fun, not to prove anything to anyone. Glenn has led youth trips, was a Scoutmaster and a volunteer for a troubled teens program. Glenn is a gearhead, so don’t be afraid to ask him about gear and equipment. Glenn, who is in his mid-60s, provides insight and perspective for older hikers, whether they are just taking up backpacking or looking for ways to continue to participate. In his other life, Glenn is a CPA with Clark Schaefer Hackett. Glenn is a happily married, a proud grandfather, and a chess player. Glenn is the author of two popular articles: How I Got This Way and Where Can I Backpack?.


Here Is What They Say About Our Level 1 Workshops:


What can I say - I DID IT!!!! It was not as bad as I feared, and better than I hoped.Jane G.

It was great! Thanks to Andy for all the knowledge and wisdom you imparted to us!! Your preparation was top notch!Vicki G.

I thought the trip was very educational, especially for those really interested in learning key backpacking skills.Carol C.

The loved the opportunity to backpack with a group of newbies and with very knowledgeable guides. Don't change a thing.Kathi M.

The guides did a great job explaining everything in detail and was very easy to talk to. Any question I asked was answered thoroughly. My wife and I really enjoyed this experience! Highly recommended!Joe T.

This was a great weekend for beginners. It definitely makes you want to keep on backpacking.Theresa W.

The guides did everything possible to make it an enjoyable and worthwhile workshop. They took special care to ensure everyone had a good experience.John L.

What I liked the best was the core Leave No Trace principles that laid the foundation for the entire trip--outdoor ethics. The importance of respect for nature and minimizing the human footprint had personal impact for me.Karen P.

Andy and Glenn did an awesome job in making us feel comfortable. It was such a nice group of people, beautiful place, making for a truly enjoyable weekend!Barb L.

Everything was so organized and fun and laid back. Can't remember when I have been so pleased with a group outing. Andy and Yvonne were so helpful. They constantly showed care and concern for every hiker. It will definitely be a cherished memory.Terry B.



Cancellation Policy: Your workshop fee is fully refundable if you cancel 14 days in advance or if this event is cancelled or rescheduled.

Important: All participants must complete an adventure application and sign a liability waiver. Adventure Application PDF with fill-able form fields or Adventure Application PDF to download/print. Application must be returned for your registration to be confirmed. Note: If you've attended one of our trips in the last 12 months we have an application on file for you.

Notes: Minimum age is 14. Adult family member must accompany minor children. Inquire about children younger than 14. No pets permitted. All of our trips are non-smoking. A recommended gear list, meeting location and trip details will be sent via email to registered participants.





I really liked the planning that was evident on this trip. No one can predict the weather - and we certainly experienced 3 of the 4 seasons - but there were plans in place to deal with whatever mother nature threw at us.Linda M.