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Beginner's Backpacking Tutorial - Winter Edition

Della was kind enough to allow me the opportunity to lead a session on Saturday for those that couldn't adjust to the change in schedule. So much of the content is the same, but with a few minor tweaks. One notable difference is that I will also talk about how to do the winter backpacking with young kids.

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Want to start (or restart) camping and backpacking, but need a little help and guidance? This is the meetup you want to attend! In this rendition, we're focusing on how to stay warm and dry while camping and backpacking during the winter. We will be covering both car camping and primitive backpacking scenarios.

First, why would you want to camp in winter anyways? There's advantages, such as...
Deserted campgrounds!
No bugs!
No snakes!
No heatstroke!
Campfires!
No leaves on the trees to obstruct beautiful vistas!

In Texas, winter is (usually) a mild and enjoyable time to be outdoors. Learn the do's and don'ts of backpacking and camping when the temperature drops.

The course will be broken up into 4 parts:

Winter Safety
Your Camping Gear + Cold Weather
Clothing to Stay Warm & Dry
A Comfortable Night's Sleep

Here's a great primer for the course: http://www.backpacking.net/wintertips.html

We will be meeting near the pavilion at River Legacy Park, enter at the Green Oaks entrance.  This will be an outdoors event, so dress appropriately! Bring an engineered butt-holder with you. For some of you, that may refer to a folding chair, lawnchair, or a camping stool.

I'd love for some other experienced NTO-ers to come along and share their winter camping knowledge. Any tips, tricks, and advice would be appreciated! There is no one way to camp.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kib also. For sharing your info. I learned a lot from you today. It will be awhile before I can purchase a the things I need, but it gives me something to look forward to. Thanks again for your time.

    January 12, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Remember that you don't need everything at once, not do you need all the same things. This activity is personal in that it is different for each person and takes refinement. It has taken me a long time to get the equipment and knowledge I have. And a lot came from experiences learned the hard way, but still enjoyed along the way.

      2 · January 12, 2014

  • B

    Very informative!!

    2 · January 11, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at a future NTO outing.

      January 12, 2014

  • Susan

    Learned so much from Kib.

    2 · January 11, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Thanks Susan! As always, it was great to have you there.

      January 12, 2014

  • Bongsky P.

    Hey, Kib. Thank you! Great info. Sorry we had to leave early.

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Bongsky, thanks for the feedback. You didn't leave that early and your participation throughout was very useful.

      January 12, 2014

  • Craig

    Kib did an excellent job presenting information during the Beginner's Backpacking Tutorial. His presentation not only provided a lot of useful information for the beginning backpacker, but was also well organized and he knew how to draw that boundary between beginner and advanced so as not to overwhelm the novice audience.

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Thanks Craig for the wonderful feedback.

      January 12, 2014

  • Delfino T.

    Which pavilion are you at?

    January 11, 2014

  • Judy D.

    Which pavilion? The one by the playground or the big one by the bike trails?

    January 9, 2014

    • Bongsky P.

      Kib, we'll just look for you tents then tomorrow?

      January 10, 2014

    • Kib R.

      I am at the Raccoon Picnic area. When you come into park, take left following signs for pavilions and then pull into the first one. http://goo.gl/maps/B2...­

      January 11, 2014

  • Ms. Charley K.

    Kib, do you have a flag? That would help too.

    January 10, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Unfortunately, I have nothing for this group and am still new as an event host. But will have a tent setup and will post when I get there as to which pavilion just in case.

      January 10, 2014

  • Barb

    Can't make it but would love your notes if possible. Or someone's notes.

    January 9, 2014

    • Kib R.

      There is this one on Saturday and then Della is doing her original version on Sunday if that is easier for you.

      January 9, 2014

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