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Beginner Bootcamp and/or Just Get Outside!

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Forest Glen Preserve, IL – Beginner Trip

This is our second beginner trip intended to help those that are interested in getting into backpacking as well as giving others in our group an excuse to get out for the night. Approximately three hours away from Chicago, Forest Glen is an easy introduction to backpacking and gives you an opportunity to work some of the kinks out before going on bigger trips.  We'll be hiking approximately 11 miles over two days with various terrain, some which can be strenuous at times.


Directions as well as trail and preserve information can be found at http://www.vccd.org/giforestglen.html. Latitude/Longitude: [masked], [masked]

Our itinerary:
Carpools will leave Chicago Saturday @ 7:30 a.m. and meet at the staff office at approximately 11:30. We'll take the opportunity to do a gear shakedown for the beginners (highly recommended) and start the hike at noon. The hike will go counter-clockwise along the backpack trail and we will camp at the Group Camp. 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 campsite 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 try to look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety. Please be sure of your physical ability to hike the 11 miles over variable terrain with your pack on. It's no fun if you underestimate your ability and then have to be rescued. (I can't stress this enough.)

Everybody attending are responsible for bringing their own equipment i.e. rain gear, adequate shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food. If you do not have any of these items (or are unsure about the gear you do have) 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. If you would like a gear list and any tips, please feel free to let me know.

Just like Chad's trips, alcohol and tobacco are allowed on my trips. :) However, PLEASE drink responsibly (not stupidly) and remember to pack out what you pack in. I promote leave no trace (lnt.org).

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  • Jay W.

    Therasa, I've got room if you want me to pick you up along the way.

    April 11, 2014

  • Rick E.

    I have selected to be notified if a spot opens. I am pretty much a rookie but THINK I have the gear! I have not backpacked for about 14 years when my son was in scouts but I REALLY want to get into it!

    February 25, 2014

    • Mark

      Hi Rick! If you need an idea about gear, please feel free to check out my gear list (http://bit.ly/f89G24­) and a video showing the actual items I take on my trips (http://youtu.be/LjZgX...­).

      February 27, 2014

    • Silent S.

      Thank you

      April 11, 2014

  • Jeff C.

    I'm a little unclear. I appears we will grab lunch on drive there just before arriving at the staff office. Then when we break camp Sunday morning after breakfast at camp, we will meet up somewhere on the drive back for lunch? In essence, we should pack two meals, one supper and one breakfast. Is that correct?

    April 10, 2014

    • Mark

      Yep! In addition, I always pack a snack for the afternoon.

      April 10, 2014

  • Silent S.

    Where can I get a copy of the gear list?

    Thank you

    April 10, 2014

    • Mark

      See my response under Rick Eugene's comment.

      April 10, 2014

  • Jay W.

    Looks like I've got an open seat in my truck for any solo's. I'm in the western burbs near Wheaton if you need a ride or got an open seat.

    April 9, 2014

    • Jay W.

      About 10 minutes west of I355 on north avenue

      April 9, 2014

    • Jeff C.

      Thanks for the reply Jay. Gonna ride with Randy. Appreciate the offer.

      April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry, I cannot make it!

    April 7, 2014

  • Gene

    For those on the wait list, we have another meetup on the same day and location.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Gigi

    I've had some changes in plans and can't join this beginner trip. Will you be doing 1 more? Let me know.

    March 14, 2014

    • Tracy

      I will most likely do another Bootcamp for newbies. Stay tuned.... :)

      March 25, 2014

    • Rick E.

      I will be watching for one!

      1 · March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope someone can take my spot. I got a sprained ankle and won't be able to join. Have an awesome trip.

    March 22, 2014

  • Gigi

    Please send me a gear list.

    March 14, 2014

    • Mark

      There's a link in the comments below.

      March 15, 2014

  • Kevin

    Hi. What size backpack (in liters?) should I purchase for this hike and future hikes? Can someone send me a list of all the items and gear I will need to bring for this hike?

    March 13, 2014

    • Mark

      Hi Kevin -
      See my comments about gear list under Rick's post. Also, if you're wondering about size of backpack, that would depend on what kind of style of backpacking you want to do. Some do light and fast. Others like to carry everything plus the kitchen sink. I like to use something in the 50 liter range (3000+ cubic inches) to help save on weight. One thing I would recommend is to try before you buy (renting a pack from REI is one option) so you're not in deep with a pack you may not want later on. Hope this helps!
      - Mark

      March 13, 2014

  • Randy J.

    Don't forget your LARPing gear!!

    3 · March 5, 2014

  • Gigi

    Have also selected to be notified. Sountds like there may be enough people for another group! I'm excited if this can work to help with my big goal of doing a portion of the AT.

    March 1, 2014

  • Mark

    We're going to stick with the current date!

    February 18, 2014

  • Jeff T.

    Yes, please confirm. I can make either date. Thanks for arranging.

    February 18, 2014

  • Ed

    Hi Mark: Can you clarify, is the event being moved to the 26-27th of April?

    February 17, 2014

  • Mark

    Was brought to my attention that this is scheduled for the same weekend as the Banff Film Festival. Are there any issues with rescheduling it for the 26th and the 27th?

    February 17, 2014

    • Therasa L.

      26th and 27th are actually better for me, so that sounds good

      February 17, 2014

    • Josh J.

      I'm easy like Sunday morning. I would love to make the film fest but would rather be on trail. What ever works for everyone works for me.

      February 17, 2014

  • Pamela

    The 26th & 27th actually work out better, so I'm in.

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is in my neck of the woods and was excited to join (case I have never been there and hear its pretty) BUT I hesitate because I would not go on a trip where tobacco was encouraged...I think it ruins the experience for those in the majority that do the outdoors for the health benefits of FRESH air and exercise....Why would I want to breath in deeply someone elses Poison :( "leave no trace" is a joke for smokers...they think it (the smoke and butts just disappears...they are NOT biodegradable! )
    Signed.....Disappointed

    February 17, 2014

    • Spencer S.

      On every trip I have been on where people are smoking, they are very respectful. I think it is the fact that we are all aligned under the same common goal of enjoying nature, that they do so with the upmost respect of those around them and the trace they can leave.

      February 17, 2014

    • Randy J.

      I have been on a trip with some of the people in the group who do smoke and I can honestly say that I could never smell the smoke from their cigarettes (and I am someone who can't stand the smell of tobacco smoke). I have also never seen any of them throw a cigarette butt on the trail.

      February 17, 2014

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