Beginner Bootcamp and/or Get Your Legs Back For Backpacking

Forest Glen Preserve, IL – Beginner Trip

This is a beginner trip intended for introducing interested people to backpacking as well as giving others the opportunity to get back in shape for another backpacking season. The distance from Chicago is under three hours. We will hike approximately 11 miles over two days. The terrain can be strenuous at times.

Directions as well as trail and preserve information can be found here.

Carpools will leave Chicago Saturday @ 7:30 a.m. and meet at the staff office (#1 on map). We will start the hike no later than 11:30 a.m. The hike will go clockwise along the backpack trail and we will camp at East Camp (#16 on map). The next morning, we will continue on the trail out to our cars, grab some lunch and head home.

Meetup Cost: $5 plus car and camp site fees. Individuals are responsible for splitting gas within their own car pools.

All attendees need to understand that while I and others in the group will look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety on my trips.

Everybody attending are responsible for bringing their own equipment i.e. shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food. If you do not have any of these items please say so and we will try and find someone who would be willing to share. You can also rent items at your local REI. It's not fun waiting in a car because you didn't bring what you were supposed to.

Alcohol and Tobacco are not only allowed on my trips, they are encouraged :) Please drink responsibly though and remember to pack out what you pack in. I promote leave no trace.

If you have a dog and would like to bring it, find out if it is acceptable with the park and bring Wolfie along. Please let me know though if you are bringing a dog.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Allison, nice to hear from you!! That sounds like fun but the family and I will be out of town!!! Have a few beers for me!
    Larry

    May 16, 2013

  • Allison Gans C.

    Hey guys!

    Having a BBQ on Memorial Day at my place, 2 pm...2152 N. Bell #1, Chicago, IL 60647

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Chad G.

      Would come if in town.

      May 15, 2013

  • Allison Gans C.

    Thanks for an incredible weekend! I had the best conversations and best time with all of you! Special thanks to our fearless leaders, Shawn and Chad. The fun that I had climbed higher than the fever I'm fighting right now. Have a great week all!

    March 18, 2013

    • David M.

      All good here. I just hooked up with people that did not do any camping and they had issues out of both ends. So perhaps just another round of flu stuff going around. I drank the water out of the gravity filter.

      March 19, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    I enjoyed hiking with everyone - hope to see everyone on future trips! Doug, glad you found your way back to your car (the second time). I'm feeling fine as well and hope the rest of you recover soon.

    March 19, 2013

    • Rekha

      Shawn, Thanks for your cheerful, upbeat leadership in making sure that nobody is left behind and the good laughs :). Waiting for the pics from the professional photographer/ camera :)

      March 19, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      Rekha, thanks for keeping me entertained! I'll upload pics early next week...

      March 19, 2013

  • Doug

    That was a wonderful backpacking trip. It was great meeting most of you for the first time. Good to see you again Dave. Thanks to Chad and Shawn for their leadership. Hope to see everyone on a future trip.

    So far, I don't have any negative health symptoms. I didn't drink any water except what I brought in my pack. Is it possible that the filter didn't treat the water properly.

    March 19, 2013

    • Rekha

      Doug,

      March 19, 2013

    • Rekha

      Doug, Thanks for showing the right way of carrying the backpack..it made a huge difference! Also, thanks for tips on clothing, you were right on!

      March 19, 2013

  • Chad G.

    What a great way to bringing in the backpacking season. This was a tough, solid, fun group. I hope to see all of you on more hikes. You all were some of the most positive groups of new faces I've hiked with. I'm glad you all had fun!

    March 18, 2013

    • Rekha

      Chad, Thanks much for uploading the pics.

      March 19, 2013

  • Rekha

    Loojs like its just Laura and Allison. Hope you both feel better soon. I am doing good so far. Infact, I even worked out in the gym yesterday and went to Sauna, the heat felt so good to relieve the sore muscles.

    March 19, 2013

    • Rekha

      Sorry, I missed out Larry.

      March 19, 2013

    • Rekha

      Larry, I just saw your comment. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks much for uploading the pics.

      March 19, 2013

  • Dave F.

    I had a great hike too, so thanks everyone for making it an enjoyable weekend. I haven't had any health problems, but I hope you all feel better.

    March 19, 2013

  • Allison Gans C.

    Wow, that is too funny. If I am the bringer of the flu germs, I sincerely apologize. Feel better everyone!

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm down for the count as well!!! Started last night after dinner fever chills and all the nasty stuff that comes with it. If anybody else is not feeling good let me know. Thanks

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Guys! This trip was awesome!! Thanks Chad for the setting it up and the great time! It was great meeting everyone and I cant wait to do it again!
    I posted some pics so enjoy! If anyone else has some pics please post them. Thanks again!

    March 18, 2013

  • David M.

    Had a blast with all of you. Thanks Chad for leading this adventure.

    March 17, 2013

  • Rekha

    That was some great backpacking this weekend for a beginner like me!
    Thanks so much, CHAD! must say you have a sweet personality to go with the sweet smile :-)

    It was such a pleasure to meet and backpack/hike with awesome people!

    Look forward to more of this from the Leader, as well as meeting all of you again!

    Cheers and have a great week!

    March 17, 2013

  • Rekha

    I live in Schaumburg and I need a car pool ride. is anybody driving from the Northwest suburbs? Please let me know.
    Thanks!

    March 11, 2013

    • David M.

      Sounds like a blast and stories to share. Swapping teenager stories (4 kids myself) with Laura and IT stories with Rekha. Same field and work in Schaumburg. I don't have car conflicts if that makes a difference. Shall I drive? Do we need to pick up anyone else?

      March 12, 2013

    • Rekha

      Thanks David and Laura for the effort. David: Thanks for the offer to drive. Yes, would to share the ride with you and Laura. I appreciate it much and am sure it should be fun!

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very sorry for the late change in RSVP but will not be able to make it due to an out of town job interview. Please accept my apologies for any inconveniences caused. Have fun and hope to see you in the future!

    March 11, 2013

  • Richard

    Sorry, something came up. Hope you guys have a great time.

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys! Is anyone bringing some type of coffee maker or Coffee drip maker. Just Wondering if I need to buy one.
    Thanks
    Larry

    1 · March 8, 2013

    • Tracy

      Trader joe sells instant coffee packets that have the cream and sugar already in there. They are actually pretty good.

      March 10, 2013

  • Rekha

    I am excited for my first backpacking trip!

    March 7, 2013

  • Chad G.

    I'll send out carpool questions in a few days when RSVP close.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gabriela, let me know if I can still take your spot!

    March 3, 2013

  • Gabriela G.

    Something came up. If someone wants my spit its available.

    March 3, 2013

  • Allison Gans C.

    Hi Chad. How does The carpool organizing work? Thanks.

    March 3, 2013

  • Chad G.

    A map can be found under our files section. It is titled "RR Backpack Trail".

    March 2, 2013

  • Chad G.

    trees are plentiful but i little far spaced from each other. u might be able to swing a hammock.

    February 24, 2013

  • David M.

    What's the camping area like? I may be trying out one of two new pieces of gear: A Tarptent Rainshadow 2 (large footprint) or a new tarp for a hammock (need decent trees).

    February 23, 2013

  • Jeanette

    I'm sorry I can't get away that weekend. Please give my spot to someone on the waitlist and have a wonderful time!

    February 9, 2013

  • Chad G.

    Theresa, I'll be posting another beginner trip for April. I'm itching to get back on the trail!

    February 8, 2013

  • Chad G.

    I can't say for sure but it's right around there.

    February 2, 2013

  • Richard

    I think the staff office may be at[masked],-87.571306. Can you verify?

    February 2, 2013

  • Richard

    Hi! I'll be coming from Normal, so I'm closer than you guys are. We'll rendezvous at the staff office I assume. Do you guys have GPS coordinates for it? I assume it's near[masked],[masked]

    February 2, 2013

  • Richard

    I won't be in the carpool. I'm closer than you guys are. Unless somebody else is coming from Bloomington-Normal?

    February 2, 2013

  • David M.

    Finally back on the trail. Need to test myself after back surgery last year.

    January 30, 2013

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