Backpacking Basics for Beginners

  • August 11, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Join us on this "backpacking basics" for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It also includes 3 workshops on backpacking essentials that every backpacker should know. 

Arrive at 10:00 am at the Parnell Tower parking lot. We will do our workshops in a shady, grassy area then will be followed by a short 3.5 hike of the Parnell tower trail. We will cover the following topics:

• How to choose your backpacking equipment

• Backpacking Stoves & Cooking

• Leave No Trace Principles

• FAQ's session

Please bring a lunch, snack and water for yourself. Expected end time of these workshops and hike will be no later than 4:30pm.

If you have any gear that you are unsure about and want more information on, bring it with you and I'll be glad to help! 

Map of Parnell trail:

Map of Kettle Moraine North:
You are required to have a park sticker to park anywhere in the the Kettle Moraine State Park, these stickers can be purchased at the visitor center. The visitor center is open April through October, weekdays (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and weekends (9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Hours vary November through March. More info can be found here:

All attendees must RSVP in order to join us. If you want to bring friends, they must create a meetup account and RSVP for themselves.

If you have any questions, you can email me at [masked]

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  • Danny K.

    It was great spending the day with fellow backpackers who know a lot more than me about my favorite past time. I learned a lot and am really looking forward to hitting the trail with this group!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Tammy B.

    What an amazing group of people. Thank you all for showing up even with rain and rollovers. It was easy to see your all very passionate about backpacking and your desire to share it with others. I feel much more comfortable starting backpacking with others like all of you. Thank you again.

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Melanie

      I am glad you could make it! We'd love to have you join us on trips soon and hope you can make it to our next outing!

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With the storms and clean up in Appleton, I will not be able to make it tomorrow. Hopefully, you will have another backpacking basics hike soon!

    August 10, 2013

    • Melanie

      Sorry to hear about what's happening in Appleton. Hopefully we will have another basics soon.

      August 10, 2013

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