Beginner Backpacker REI Field Trip

  • October 26, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • REI

New to backpacking? Want to start primitive camping but feeling overwhelmed by all the options? Come to our REI Field Trip to get hands on with some gear.

Our field trip will center around the big 3:
Backpack fittings
Tent/shelter selection
Sleeping bag and sleeping mats

Everyone will have a chance to try on backpacks and load them with weight to simulate an actual backpacking load.

We will check out the different tent types and discuss which tent is right for you and your type of hiking.

Sleeping pads and bags can ruin a backpacking adventure if they're too heavy, not warm enough, or spring a leak. We will roll out some of the sleeping gear and discuss the pros and cons.

There is a beginner's backpacking trip scheduled at Lake Texoma two weeks after our gear field trip.  Sign up through the NTO Meetup page.  All are welcome!

REI has a great return policy.  If the gear you buy fails, it's uncomfortable, or you just plain hate it, they will gladly return or exchange it.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    That's perfect. I just wanted to be there when you arrived. What area are you coming from?

    October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dawn. What time are you planning to arrive at the parking area?

    October 29, 2013

    • Dawn

      The morning of November 9.....hadn't given it that much thought :) I will check google maps and let you know.

      October 29, 2013

    • Dawn

      I will try and arrive there around 9:30 am to leave for the hike. Coming back doesn't matter :) My commitment is on Sunday. Does this still work for you? Did you have something else in mind?

      October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dawn, not a problem at all. Ill actually carry my day pack. I have an appointment at the airport later that evening so I'll for sure walk you out

    October 28, 2013

  • Sue

    Great meetup! Learned a lot. Thanks, Della, for hosting it.

    October 28, 2013

  • Dawn

    You have made my day! If you're not going to be in a hurry, I'd like to carry my backpack for practice....would that be a problem? Let me know if you decide to spend the night....I won't take my pack and can walk the mile and half out on my own :)

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dawn. I will be hiking back out Saturday evening. I would be happy to escort you out.

    October 28, 2013

  • Dawn

    Mark, Are yo thinking about hiking in and out on Saturday? I was going to cancel because I have to be somewhere on Sunday at 1 pm and can't get the time changed. If you are hiking back out, I would have walk out alone.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time and enjoyed meeting some new people. I hope to make it to the Texahoma outing even if I don't stay all night. Thank you Della!

    October 27, 2013

  • Dawn

    Wonderful information and great group of people! Thanks, Della and great to meet you!

    October 27, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Hey guys,
    Like always, sure enjoy the group. Hope to come to the texts coma
    Camping trip, I think it would be fun!
    Mike

    October 26, 2013

  • Ashley

    Great to meet everyone, you all are very awesome! Thanks Della, great meetup :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Didn't make it! Two blocks away and my car overheated. My mechanic closed at noon so had to stop/start my car there. I'm sure if I just go to rei sometime I can get the same info?

    October 26, 2013

    • Miranda

      REI is having their own class on 7.Nov. call them and register!

      October 26, 2013

  • Miranda

    Awesome meetup! Learned a lot and got my first (modern) backpack! And some climbing shoes. Met some wonderful people and made some new friends!

    1 · October 26, 2013

    • Miranda

      Thanks Della for the great educational experience and the low cal mini donuts lol

      2 · October 26, 2013

  • cara g.

    Thanks Della great information

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great and very informative meetuo Della....thank you thank you thank you!!!! And it was great to meet other in the group. I think we are an awesome fun bunch.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Jason

    Definitely more info than I expected and very helpful in finding the right gear.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Kate

    Thanks so much Della. Once again you gave us all great information and guidance. Can't wait to get out there!

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • john t.

    sorry I missed it, got my times mixed up

    October 26, 2013

  • Dawn

    Coming, but running late.... Will find you when I arrive.

    October 26, 2013

  • Della M.

    The event time is changed to 10:00 am instead of 9:00. REI doesnt open until 10:00. Called my friends at REI to let them know a large group will be coming tomorrow. I'll still be there at 9:00 to catch stragglers.

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • Mike G.

      Great, I am back in, and will be there! I am looking for a good two man, or man / woman tent, (didn't want to give the guys any wrong ideas!) for my primitive adventures! I am hoping to tie this primitive camping in with my traditional archery hunting on kayak adventures! Learned alot on our last meet up and meet a bunch of like minded cool people, hope to enjoy the same tomorrow!

      October 25, 2013

    • Mike G.

      Let's do this thing!

      October 25, 2013

  • angelab.

    I signed up for this, and I am still hoping to make it...however, I have to drop my daughter off at a dance studio and register her for a weekend thing at 8am...hoping to get out in time...I really want to do this class...I am not taking my name off because I am going to try and make it as soon as we are done registering her there.... :)

    October 25, 2013

  • Miranda

    Ugh stupid iPhone app... Tried to upload a photo to my profile and it went to this event instead... Can we delete photos??

    October 13, 2013

    • Della M.

      I'm sure it can be done. I'd look for the meetup FAQs for more information on how to do that. http://www.meetup.com...­

      October 16, 2013

    • Miranda

      Thanks Della. I had to login to the actual website. Apparently the iPhone app is very basic.

      October 21, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Darn, I am goi g to have to pass and do a garage sale this week end it looks like!.
    Sorry to miss this one, I am ready for a tent!
    Mike

    October 21, 2013

  • John W.

    If it worth doing it worth it to do it outdoors

    October 18, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Where is the field trip to be held, and how long will the session be?

    October 13, 2013

    • Della M.

      It's at the REI off 635, and it'll probably be at least an hour and a half.

      October 14, 2013

    • Mike G.

      Thanks Della, sure did enjoy your class, will try and make it out there for the event, and to see new friends!

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in Trophy Club if anyone wants to car pool.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, look at all of the people signed up. We are taking over the REI.

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • Jason

    I'm glad you're having a beginners class. It's what I needed...

    October 13, 2013

  • Kate

    Looking forward to learning more.. First class was great!!

    October 8, 2013

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