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Backpacking for Dummies

You have little or non experience backpacking but alway have been willing to give it a try? 
Well, now is the time to take the bull by the horns and ride it like a champion. 
Scratch this out of your bucket list, don't leave for next year, is now or never. 
We will teach you the basis of what-where & how. 
* What & how to pack 
* Where to travel 
* How to make fire
*How to navigate using a map and a compass
A $80 value Basic Map & Compass Class in any specialized outdoors store, here FREE just for you.

This will be an easy going in/out without the need of killing ourselves climbing Everest to make this trip the one that may change our way to see live and enjoy what mother nature have to offer.

This is an easy/moderate 13 miles round trip, 1 overnight weekend  and we will keep a friendly pace of 2 miles x HR and take as many breaks are needed. 
We will camp in/close to an stunning water falls Saturday evening/night and come back Sunday mid-day.

For those willing to get wild, bring your swimsuit.
Interior/skinny dipping won't be allowed...I wish but for sure children will be present.

Did I catch your attention?  

Only serious people is encouraged to join.
We take this seriously and we hope you do to. 

GEAR LIST: What you need to bring:
1.) Tent
2.) Sleeping bag
3.) Sleeping pad
4.) Rain suit or at least poncho (just in case)
5.) Water shoes/sandals for stream crossing, NOT flipflop
6.) 2 extra pair of socks.
7.) Backpacking stove + pot/cup/dish/spoon
8.) Dehydrate food for your self.
9.) Camel bag/bottle or similar for drinking water.
10.) Snacks/fruit/power bars, etc.
11.) Small towel
12.) Head lamp
and last but no less a small day backpack (school  backpack) aside of regular backpack...what is this for you may ask your self? An small surprise that we will have in our way back home, trust me, you won't regret it.

NOTE: You will "need to buy" this compass for the  Basic Map & Compass Class. (link bellow) 

Bring whatever you think you "may need" BUT I'll ask you to show me the content of your backpack and don't be surprise when I star removing items from there, this way I will help you just to pack light/essential items, well, that is the main idea after all.

Saturday everybody take breakfast at home or on your way to desire backpacking area, we will stop on a restaurant or similar, lunch will we take up the mountain and NOT the is not Starbucks up there, you NEED to bring food for Saturday dinner and breakfast on Sunday + snack/water/drinks wile we walk in and out, again we will stop for lunch/dinner on our way back home.

Driving directions:
GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]
Map & trail description to follow:
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Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to backpacking and would be interested in attending a future "Backpacking for Dummies".

    July 28, 2014

  • Darwin

    OK. I out of here, see all tomorrow a 8 am. at Vienna metro "North side" will be standing at the front of the exit next to the kiss & ride area.

    July 18, 2014

  • Patricia

    I hate to have to cancel, especially at the last minute like this, but I'm stuck in NJ and realistically, there's just no way I'm getting back in time for this trip. I've updated my RSVP - just want to make sure you see this and remove me from the list.

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • Darwin

    Important last thing to add to your gear for this trip that I almost forgot, a small pencil, will be use for map reading training.

    July 17, 2014

  • Darwin

    People riding metro have in mind that metro star running at 7 am. on weekends and maybe it will be some track work on some sections.
    Riding time from DC area to Vienna is around 45 minutes.
    Set your alarm on time, we will star moving 8:15 sharp whit or whit out full attendance.

    July 17, 2014

  • Darwin

    IMPORTANT: Please, print this 2 maps on full color and bring it whit you.

    July 17, 2014

  • Waldette

    Unfortunately I'm not going to make it after all.

    July 15, 2014

  • Darwin

    Just some inspiration to keep you getting ready.

    July 14, 2014

  • Darwin

    Time is close, if your plans have change it take just 60 seconds to update your status, so please do so.
    I do run a black book, two no shows and you are out of the group for good, no comments-no questions.

    July 13, 2014

    • AJIT

      Hi, I just ordered some equipment from amazon and am not sure if I'd get the delivery before 19th..I'd like to know the deadline before which I need to change my RSVP status to 'No'. Thanks

      July 14, 2014

    • Darwin

      Trip is happening Saturday July 19 as schedule...rain or shine.

      July 14, 2014

  • April W.

    This is great!! I hope you do it again!! 13 miles is perfect for us newbies!

    July 10, 2014

  • Darwin

    ATTENTION ALL - Maybe there is a little confusion on trip description that I want to may clear now, You need to bring the regular backpacking backpack which is 35 to 55 lts. for the trip, I do also "ask" to bring an "extra" small school backpack for the final "surprise" thing that we will be doing on our way back home.

    July 8, 2014

  • Patricia

    Thanks so much for running this trip - I've been hoping to go from day trips to backpacking. Time to go buy a compass!

    June 23, 2014

  • Darwin

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You "need to buy" this compass for the Basic Map & Compass Class. (link bellow)
    It's the cheaper unit available at REI or maybe you can find something better somewhere else.

    June 21, 2014

    • Darwin

      Absolutely, good finding.

      June 23, 2014

  • Jennifer V.

    I'd love to do this but I'm getting my wisdom teeth out a few days prior. :(

    1 · June 21, 2014

    • Darwin

      I totally understand that you want to be careful about that but it won't kill you.

      June 22, 2014

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