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Beginner's Backpacking - Mountain Sports Field Trip

Part two of three in our beginner's backpacking course. 

New to backpacking? Want to start primitive camping but feeling overwhelmed by all the options? Come to our Mountain Sports 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 that will be scheduled in June to try out your new gear and skills.  Sign up through the NTO Meetup page.  All are welcome!

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  • James H

    I thought It went very well. We covered the three most important items for backpacking, the pack, tent, and sleeping bag. It was nice of the employees to come out and talk to the group and help with the sizing of the packs and letting people set up tents.

    May 27, 2014

  • Bob B

    I enjoyed it. Very informative. Thanks for putting this together.

    May 26, 2014

  • Jill B.

    Had a great time and learned tons!

    May 24, 2014

  • Jason

    It was good. I was able to get some info I wanted too. Glad I went.

    May 24, 2014

  • Kim

    Thank you Della! this was a fun and very helpful

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Della, Thank you for arranging this meetup. It was quite informational & helpful. Thanks again!

    May 24, 2014

  • Brian

    Thank you Della. Your advice and help is appreciated.

    May 24, 2014

  • sandra

    Thanks so much for taking time out of your weekend Della and Scott. This was great information.

    May 24, 2014

  • Della M.

    Call me at[masked] if you have any trouble finding the place.

    May 24, 2014

  • Jason

    Is there any type of get together planned after? Dinner or such?

    May 24, 2014

    • Della M.

      I don't have anything planned, I've got to get the road right afterwards. But I bet you would get enough interest to get a few folks come out for lunch afterwards.

      May 24, 2014

  • Bob

    I can't make this one, I hope you will have another beginner event in the future!

    May 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    if I missed part 1 and am a novice, is it still useful for me to come to part 2?

    May 23, 2014

    • Della M.

      Sure, come on down. We're going to actually try stuff on and set up tents in this rendition.

      May 23, 2014

  • Lynn

    I'm planning on being there but will probably be close to 1 o'clock

    May 23, 2014

  • Jason

    Hey all, I've posted my pack for sale in the discussions board and will have it with me this weekend. Let me know if you're interested. http://www.meetup.com/North-Texas-Outdoors/messages/boards/thread/43547402#[masked]

    May 21, 2014

  • Michelle

    I'm so disappointed that I won't be able to make this one. My son has a gig at the woodshed at 1:00. If set time changes, then ill try to make it. Hate to miss this one.

    May 5, 2014

  • Noushin

    do I have to bring anything else or no pls let me know!

    April 28, 2014

    • Della M.

      No you don't have to bring anything to this one.

      1 · April 28, 2014

  • Noushin

    tnx Della , look like cool plan , and I love to come but I'm not sure I cant make it, I will be try my best!

    April 23, 2014

  • Princess

    Thank you Della for sharing your experience and knowledge!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Ellen

    So if you can only make Part 1 & Part 3, is that cool or not really?

    April 6, 2014

    • Della M.

      It's cool. No prerequisites here.

      April 6, 2014

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