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Backpacking 101

Have you been wanting to learn more about backpacking? Would you like to know what you really need in your pack. Do you just want to learn more about Obsessive Compulsive Backpackers? If so, you should take advantage of this free Backpacking 101 course.

The class will begin promptly at 10:00PM and will conclude at 4:00PM.

The topics covered will be:

Clothing, boots, packs, water purification, stoves, backpacking foods, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, poisonous plants, venomous snakes, environmental hazards, land navigation, basic wilderness first aid, Leave No Trace, trail maintenance, and fire building.

There will be an opportunity for Backpacking 101 graduates to attend a trip. More information and details will be provided during the class.

No Shows/Last Minute Cancellations: Please only sign-up for this class if you plan on attending. I understand things may come up that would change your ability to attend, we just ask that you cancel your RSVP. Thanks.

Questions: Send me an email or post your question below.

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  • Donna M.

    Hi, I was wondering if there was someone that would be willing to come into my job and educate my 4-H Club Kids about Backpacking and what to pack....this month. If so could you message back and let me know? Thanks!!!!

    May 3, 2013

  • Paul

    Any leftover questions? Bring them this Sunday Feb. 10 with you on our short walk at First Landing State Park in Va Beach.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much for organizing the class. That was very informative. It may have been a bit "overwhelming" for me, being a newbie to backpacking, but you guys were also very reassuring and now I'm just excited to start and keep learning! Thanks again.

    February 4, 2013

    • Paul

      Probably just like a hike, it all comes together one step at a time.

      February 4, 2013

  • Paul

    Thanks for organizing and presenting all this information. It was really nice to see some new faces and some old friends. I hope to see everyone again soon.

    February 3, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    Thank you so much for having this class. What a great group, and I look forward to hitting the trails and learning so much more.

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Zachary K

    Great class. Very glad I attended and I cannot thank the organizers enough. Glad to meet all of you and can't wait to get out on the trail!

    February 2, 2013

  • Rodney

    Great to meet all of you! Can't wait to get out on the trail!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Phil

    Howdy to those on the wait list. I recommend showing up, I'm sure there will be plenty of room and there will be those who can't make it at the last minute.

    January 16, 2013

    • Will S.

      Thanks Phil. Do I need to bring anything?

      January 17, 2013

    • Phil

      I'm going to bring something to write on, there always seems to be new gear or recommended trails

      January 17, 2013

  • Paul

    I am thinking that I can bring a "warm weather load" and a "cold weather load" in 2 backpacks to show different approaches to needs that vary. Plus, this gives me an excuse to finally order my new winter bag! My old one is due for retirement after a long time of intermittent use.

    2 · January 10, 2013

  • Meg

    Is there going to be a chapter taught about proper hip flask utilization?

    Also, when we cover fire building techniques, will we burn books? We are meeting at a perfectly nice library.

    January 9, 2013

    • Phil

      funny; I hope so!

      1 · January 9, 2013

  • James S.

    Thanks Donnie. That wasn't what I meant, but that's OK. See you there.

    November 25, 2012

  • Donnie

    Thanks Jimmy, I would encourage anyone attending this event to bring whatever gear they would like. A good variety of gear at class offers more information to use when it comes time to make a purchase.

    November 25, 2012

  • James S.

    Do you need any help with this one. I have plenty of eqiupment for demo purposes. Maybe camping stoves or sleeping pads and bags. Don't want anything to do with snakes. We don't get along.


    November 23, 2012

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