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Spring get-together and trip-planning meeting

We've sat on the couch long enough. It'll soon be time to find our boots, get the cobwebs off the pack, and get outside.
Join your fellow backpackers for a fun evening of socializing and trip-planning. Our goal is to get a few trips on the calendar and line up trip organizers. Anyone can organize, and to get some trips going, we'll need quite a few people to step up.
All levels of backpackers are welcome, including people who have only halfway thought of backpacking.
We will mingle and socialize for awhile, and the atmosphere will be casual, so come when you're able to make it. We'll meet for at least two hours and have dinner and drinks.

NOTE: When you're locating the Crooked Pint, it faces the parking lot in back of the building. Caribou Coffee is in the front, for reference. You'll need to go around the block to access the $1.50 parking. The streets are one-way only, so watch out for that if you're not regularly in downtown. The Crooked Pint is on Washington between Portland Ave and 5th Ave S.

http://crookedpint.com/index.php


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  • Gretchen

    Fun location, great group. Thanks!

    February 19, 2014

  • Brian

    Better than I hoped. We have several people that are going to plan group trips this year.

    February 18, 2014

  • Craig M.

    Lots of friendly people with similar interests and experiences - just what I was looking for!

    February 18, 2014

  • Ken

    Thanks everyone who turned out. Volunteers to lead trips will hear from Julianne or me soon, and well post the trip suggestions

    February 18, 2014

  • Liz C

    It was nice meeting other hikers and learn about their experience, but waited to long to get some idea of the trip-planning

    February 18, 2014

  • Kari

    Tonight was a great event. I met a lot of amazing people and am excited about the future camping/backpacking trips. Crooked Pint was a great location...good service and good beer.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it tonight but I would love to still go to any future meetups. This sounds like an awesome group.

    February 18, 2014

  • Andrea P.

    I won't be able to make it tonight...emergency came up. I still would like to be a part of planning if possible

    February 18, 2014

  • JuliAnne

    Reminder - make sure you ask for separate checks tonight. They have agreed to let us do separate checks, but we probably need to remind the staff when we order. Can't wait to see everyone!!!

    February 18, 2014

  • Laura

    Will there be a way to find out what is planned tonight, who needs help with planning, organizing, etc.?

    February 18, 2014

    • JuliAnne

      Yes. Somehow we'll organize all the info and get it up on the site. If you have suggestions, ideas for trips, etc, let me know, because that can be factored in. I'm game for anything, from slackpacking (our word for backpacking in and then base camping) to big athletic trips. Tonight I'm going to figure out what everybody wants - longer trips, weekend trips, MN trips, trips to other places, etc, and basically what people want to see happen over the next year. We definitely need a lot of new trip planners/organizers, as many of the originals have moved away, had children, or are otherwise out of commission. I'm open to helping people organize trips if they want to set stuff up. It's always been a very loosely-run group and the more people that are motivated to plan stuff, the more stuff we can plan!

      February 18, 2014

  • Laura

    Not feeling so well. I will be nice and not share it with everyone.

    February 18, 2014

    • JuliAnne

      Feel better!!! Sorry you're sick. The crud is going around. I already took my turn two weeks ago. LOL

      February 18, 2014

  • Chris R.

    I wish I could, but I have Scouts on Tuesday nights... Looking forward to the first adventure!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • patty

    I just joined this meet up. Unfortunately I am in a bowling league on Tuesday nights. Hope to make another event soon!

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Dan M. V.

    I just checked their website and it looks like they don't have an event on Tuesday. That would work. They have a state-like stage where we can meet.

    January 11, 2014

    • Dan M. V.

      Yes. The area that looks like a stage. Which I think it is.

      January 28, 2014

    • Dan M. V.

      Thank you very much!

      January 28, 2014

  • JuliAnne

    Hi, everyone! I'm getting really excited about planning trips. This winter has been awful! Today I went and visited both Sweeney's and the Crooked Pint, and the Crooked Pint won because it has a really flexible space and was really eager to have our group there. Sweeney's room is crowded at 40 people, and I didn't want to have to limit our group. Parking is $1.50 in the lot after 5:00. I forgot to look at the timing on the meters, but be aware that most of DT Minneapolis's meters go until 10, so park with care! I got the Crooked Pint to extend happy hour all night for us instead of ending it at 7:00 (it's not the greatest happy hour, but better than full price.)
    Last time I checked on Groupon, there was still a Crooked Pint Groupon available. I bought one that is $15 for $30 worth of drinks and food, but it's not valid on happy hour, so BEWARE! Please read the fine print.
    Thanks for the suggestions on venues! Very helpful.

    January 28, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hi JuliAnne, Tuesdays is the only day that doesn't work for me. I am not sure I want to host a trip planning meeting but I am interested in what people are planning.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Sarah

    I have class on Tuesday night but would like to see some backpacking trips offered this spring and summer.

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • JuliAnne

      Hey Sarah, if you want to help host another trip-planning meeting we can do it on a day that works for you. We'll be looking for lots of point people to get some trips on the calendar and will certainly welcome your input. Sorry that you'll miss this meeting, but let me know what works and we can do another.

      January 27, 2014

  • Ken

    Side room at Sweeny's - Yeah I forgot about that. It's a little st paul centric - but very close to I-94 if you take the Dale Street Exit - about 4 blocks south.

    January 22, 2014

  • Dan M. V.

    There is ample parking too.

    January 11, 2014

  • Dan M. V.

    Very true.
    Otherwise, The Crooked Pint has an area that can be used for a large meeting.
    I can check with them if ya'll like.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • John S.

    Either a pub or coffee shop works well for me.

    2 · January 7, 2014

  • Amy

    Would Eagan, Bloomington or St. Paul work for people? I can't wait to meet you and start planning. A pub would be great, shouldn't be too busy on a Tuesday night?

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Scott S.

    Uhh. Hi Ken. *bashful smile*

    Can't wait to hike again with you buddy.

    January 3, 2014

  • Brian

    I can meet anywhere. A pub would be my first choice.

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Ken

    Curious if people want to meet at a coffee shop or pub? or Maybe at a community room - like Lebanon Hills Park? Como Park? thoughts?

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • JuliAnne

      Pub!!! With possibly a room or huge table we can use. I put it on a Tuesday night at six so that hopefully establishments won't be too busy. It'll be nice to have access to food and drink while we hash out some real trip plans and plan out quite a bit of the spring and summer.

      January 2, 2014

  • Nick

    Looking forward to planning some trips and hope to even attend a few!

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Dan M. V.

    I plan to attend. Although I don't have a place in mind, I can meet ya'll anywhere.

    1 · January 1, 2014

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