Red River Gorge & Natural Bridge, Kentucky
Backpacking Workshop and Weekend Trip
Backpacking Workshop and Weekend Trip
Skill: Level I
April 21 - 23, 2017
Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge, Kentucky
Meets at Noon
Includes Friday night motel lodging (double occupancy), Saturday breakfast and Saturday dinner on the trail.
This Is A Ladies Only Trip. Bring a friend!
Ready to learn about backpacking? This is a perfect opportunity!
This is a two-night trip for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It includes eight 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 guidance of experienced backpackers. Experienced backpackers are welcome too! Share your tips and hints!
Limit 7 participants.
Spots Open: 5 as of February 19, 2017.
About Red River Gorge:
The Red River Gorge is a uniquely scenic area located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. It is a popular destination for backpackers and is known for its abundant natural stone arches, unusual rock formations, and spectacular sandstone cliffs. Outdoor enthusiasts come to the gorge year-round to enjoy hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing. The Red River Gorge is designated as a national geological area by the U.S. Forest Service. Red River Gorge Web Site
About Natural Bridge State Park:
Natural Bridge State Park has some of the most unique geological formations, and breathtaking views found anywhere in Kentucky. The sandstone arch, from which Natural Bridge State Resort Park derives its name, took millions of years to form and is one of the most beautiful in the state. The park has 12 trails and 19 miles of scenic hiking. Natural Bridge State Park Web Site
Meet your guide at noon at the Abner Motel in the Red River Gorge area. After check-in and introductions, we'll take a 3-4 mile day hike in Natural Bridge State Park on a trail that includes many scenic vistas. Along the way, we will teach some backpacking workshops to learn the fundamentals of backpacking. After the hike, we'll return to the Abner Motel for dinner (on your own). After dinner, we'll gather again and do some additional workshops.
We'll spend Friday night at Abner Motel in the heart of "The Red." Abner Motel provides clean, basic rooms just minutes from both Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge. Two gals to a room. Two full size beds to a room. Bring a friend! Do you prefer your own room? Then select the single occupancy option. An additional fee applies. Subject to room availability. Abner Motel Web Site
After a simple, healthy and delicious breakfast, we will drive to Red River Gorge. We'll backpack 4+ miles to our campsite at a slow to moderate pace in the Red River Gorge over varied terrain which includes some steep hills and rugged trail where we will spend the night. Along the way, we will teach some backpacking workshops and stop to identify wildflowers. At our camp, we'll do some stretching and basic yoga poses.
In the morning, we’ll hike ~2 miles back to our cars arriving before noon.
During this backpacking trip we will conduct eight short workshops and cover these topics:
What Is Included?
- 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
- Water Treatment in the Backcountry
Your registration fee includes Friday night lodging in Abner Motel (double occupancy), professional guides, all workshops, course material, camping, or permit fees, Saturday breakfast, Saturday supper and dessert around the campfire. Supper 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!
Gear, meals, (except for Saturday breakfast and dinner), snacks, transportation and optional guide gratuity.
- Sleeping Bag & Pad
- Headlamp or Flashlight
- 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!
For only $35 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.
Wildflower Identification: The hills come alive every spring at Red River Gorge! You will enjoy the beautiful blooms of many shapes and colors that decorate the forest floor. We will make stops to observe, identify and photograph wildflowers. We will identify a few plants and discuss the fauna and flora of the area.
Yvonne "Princess Doah" Entingh.
Yvonne began her own outdoor backpacking adventures in 2008 and since then she has section hiked the beloved Appalachian Trail. Mainly as a solo female hiker she has gone on to also complete the Benton MacKaye Trail, Long Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, John Muir Trail and the southern portion of the Eastern Continental Trail hiking from Key West in the Florida Keys to the Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia. She has also completed the Knobstone Trail of Indiana, the Foothills Trail and has backpacked many a mile on the Sheltowee Trace and the Buckeye Trail. As a native of Dayton, Ohio her passion for the outdoors was developed through the Five Rivers MetroParks where she participated in hiking and backpacking excursions. A mother of three grown daughters and a grandmother of four grandchildren Yvonne takes great pleasure in nourishing those relationships. Yvonne loves outdoor adventure travel and is devoted to sharing it with others.
Yvonne is certified in CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid and as a Wilderness First Responder. Currently she is taking a course to sharpen her knowledge as a naturalist. Read about Yvonne in the Dayton Daily News.
Here Is What They Say About Our Level 1 Workshops:
Best weekend ever!!!!! I was inspired by both of my guides as well as my fellow backpackers to challenge myself to do things that I thought were beyond my own capabilities. The workshops were extremely informative for a beginner backpacker like myself.
– Rose K.
I loved how everything was broken down and explained in an easy to understand manner. I had a wonderful experience and learned more than I thought possible.
– Faith D.
I really, really enjoyed this program. I thought the workshops were interesting and informational. I really liked that you showed us different things like with the stoves and how to bear proof our food. I appreciated that we went slow and had breaks to ease us into backpacking. It was informative and fun. Thank you!
– Maggie U.
The course was perfect and so was the location.
– Matt P.
I loved the teamwork and encouragement.
– Loretta H.
I LOVED how open and helpful the guides were. They really went out of their way to ensure we felt comfortable to ask whatever questions popped into our heads and make sure we were all having a great time.
– Lauren B.
Typical well planned trip by Andy. Fun had by all!
– Scott B.
The guides were terrific! Very kind and encouraging. The workshops were very informative- but I most just enjoyed all the stories and great tips that were shared throughout the trip. This was the best thing I have done for myself in a long time!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
– Laura H.
What can I say - I DID IT!!!! It was not as bad as I feared, and better than I hoped.
– Jane G.
I had so much fun, learned so much, and connected with great women.
– Eunice H.
Operated on the Daniel Boone National Forest under a special use permit. Non-Discrimination Statement.
Your workshop fee is fully refundable if you cancel 21 days in advance or if this event is cancelled or rescheduled.
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.
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.
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Fantastic trip and what a campsite the second night! – Rob E.