***Again, I had to change the date due to a conflict with the establishment, so this meeting has to get pushed back for 2 weeks. I'm really sorry if this is an inconvenience to anyone. Everything else remains the same.***
So, there appears to have been a lot of new Wanderers that have joined, so I wanted to see if any newbies are truly interested in getting another beginner trip together. My definition of a beginner is as follows:
1) You have never backpacked before;
2) You haven't backpacked in a number of years, or;
3) You have backpacked, but have another someone whom you want to introduce to backpacking and think this would be a good place to start.
Here are the basic details. We will meet at Jammy Buggers (my default establishment of choice) on Tuesday, July 15th at 7 pm. All Wanderers are welcome, but this is really open to the new members who are interested in a beginner backpacking trip. Specifically, the purpose of the meeting is to choose a date for a trip, as well as to discuss the types of gear you'll need in the backcountry. Plan on spending an hour or two having some great food and drinks.
I'll be bringing examples of gear to the meeting so you can see different types of various gear (hopefully before you make any purchases) and I'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Those that need to borrow gear, NO PROBLEM, I'd be more than happy to let you borrow something or let you piggy back off of me for this trip. Don't let a lack of something prevent you from joining this trip, JUST CONTACT ME! I'll be more than happy to figure something out.
The actual beginner trip will take place at the same place as my last one, which is Minister Creek, PA. I feel it is a perfect beginner trail for those who haven't yet backpacked before. Once the date is decided upon by the group, I will limit RSVP's to only those Wanderers who are new to backpacking at the onset, to give you a chance to get onto a trip. Probably a couple of weeks prior, if for whatever reason, there are open spots, then I will open RSVP's up to the rest of the MeetUp Group. The beginner trip will be limited to 10 - 12 Wanderers, so keep that in mind. It won't be as large as my last trip.
So, what do you say? Would you like to learn about gear and vote on a date to set your next adventure? The trip will be from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Friday night will be an optional car camp, but I strongly suggest if you haven't camped before to attend. The hike you sign up for will begin on a Saturday morning at 11 am and will finish sometime early on Sunday. Afterwards, as will all of my hikes, we will have a post hike celebration meal somewhere.
All of this will be decided at the planning session, so I truly hope you can make it. If you can't, but REALLY want a beginner trip, then e-mail me, and I will let you know what will be voted on, so you can let me know what you prefer. If I don't have at least 10 Wanderers interested, then I may have to cancel this meeting, which will happen 1 week prior if enough don't sign up. I need to be fair to the establishment and their staff...
Those experienced Wanderers are more than welcome to come too! Please, share your experiences with the group and with backpacking in general to everyone. In the past, these events have turned out to be not only a lot of fun, but very informative as well, so ALL are welcome!
Parking can get tight there. There is parking on the street (it's metered), parking on side streets (you may have to walk a bit to get there), and parking behind the building(s)(there is a CVS next door with ample parking in the rear). That being said, try to arrive early to find a parking spot. That's the only complaint I have about this venue, other than that, IT'S GREAT!
Hope to see you at the meeting or on the trail!