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Backpacking 101 Presentation

Backpacking 101 Presentation

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. We will cover topics such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, clothes, footwear, weather, terrain, comfort zone, trip planning, and Leave No Trace Principles. Learn the skills necessary to tackle your future backpacking trips confidently and competently. Learn from the experts!

• This program is free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

• The presentation will last ~90 minutes.

• Participants will receive 10% off their purchases during the evening. Courtesy of True Heights Outfitters.

Map Link: http://tinyurl.com/trueheights

Program Offered By Outdoor Adventure Connection.

Instructors: Andy Niekamp & Yvonne Entingh.

Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp, the lead adventurer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, has been leading adventure trips for decades, and has more than 25 years of back-country experience. He currently hikes more than a thousand miles a year. Andy has over 12,000 mile of backpacking experience including three end to end hikes of the Appalachian Trail and thru hikes of the Colorado Trail, Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace, Vermont's Long Trail and the Ohio To Erie Trail. Learn from the experts!

Yvonne "Princess Doah" Entingh, Yvonne has over 4,000 miles of backpacking experience including hiking the entire Appalachian Trail and Florida Trail. Yvonne got her start in backpacking later in life after raising three daughters. In 2007, she enrolled in a beginning backpacking class at Five Rivers MetroParks and has been on numerous trips since that time. She has backpacked in over 18 states and does most of her hiking solo -- including an 900-mile solo hike on the AT in 2012. In the last year Yvonne hiked solo from Key West Florida to the mountains of north Georgia on a four month, 2000+ mile journey. Yvonne serves as an inspiration to others with her "you can too" attitude.

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  • Patty

    Thank you Andy and Yvonne. I learned a lot at the Presentation and it answered questions I've had for a while along with answers to questions I didn't even know I had. When you mentioned that you met the 90 minute mark, Andy, I couldn't believe it, the time sped by! It was a great learning time and enjoyable talking with other friends and participants. The staff at True Heights Outfitters were very helpful too.

    October 11, 2013

  • Rick S

    First time at a backpacking presentation . Give it a+

    October 11, 2013

  • Robin Y.

    Thank you to Yvonne and Andy for sharing your own experiences and for cramming a lot of information into a short period of time.

    October 11, 2013

  • Rick S

    Yvonne and Andy fastest 90 minutes of my life. Great tips.

    October 11, 2013

  • Gregg

    Thanks Andy and Yvonne. It was very interesting, informative and enjoyable. Also, thanks for sending the pdf slide deck. I can't open the "comments" link though on that email though? Says "unknown file type".

    October 11, 2013

  • Mountain L.

    Great presentation and tips. It will aid me in my longer day hiking trips.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation. Gave some good guidelines and a nice overview. For someone like me with no experience it was a good place to start. Now i just gotta go do it!

    October 11, 2013

  • Maribeth

    Great Presentation! I got a lot of great notes and can't wait to get out and hit the trails!

    October 10, 2013

  • Ruth

    Andy and Yvonne~ I really enjoyed this evening! You presented lots of good information in a clear and precise manner. I've backpacked for years, and yet I still took home some new tips. Thanks!

    October 10, 2013

  • janet

    A change of plans -- I'm sorry that I will be missing this one! I'll be visiting/playing with the grandchildren instead -- such blessings!

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Cindy W

    Sorry to miss, but I will be preparing for my first backpacking adventure which will begin Friday morning!

    October 8, 2013

    • janet

      Recommend attending the class, then go home at pack! Your backpack will probably be lighter of you do :-)

      October 8, 2013

    • Andy N.

      I agree! Plus, if you attend and realize you forgot something you are in a great place to get it. At a discount too. But I know how busy one can be the night before a backpacking trip.

      October 8, 2013

  • Andy N.

    Yvonne "Princess Doah" Entingh, will be co-presenter at the Backpacking 101 Presentation. Yvonne has over 4,000 miles of backpacking experience including hiking the entire Appalachian Trail and Florida Trail. In 2013 Yvonne hiked solo from Key West Florida to the mountains of north Georgia on a four month, 2000+ mile journey.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Mountain L.

      She is a true inspiration to all of us!

      1 · September 29, 2013

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