Past Meetup

Training Hike- 5 to 8 mile day-hike in the Palos area (SW of Chicago)

This Meetup is past

20 people went

Price: $2.00 /per person

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Finally, the first weekend of spring!

Want to get some training for your next big backpacking trip? Or just want try out hiking with a backpack before signing up for a boot camp? This is the trip for you!

We will hike a short loop in the Palos Forest Preserve area. This trail will be more flat than our typical backpacking trip. However, we will hike with full packs, so this is a good first trip with the club and/or first trip of of the season.

Who can participate: the hike is open to anyone with or without prior backpacking experience. However, you are expected to carry a backpack that you might usually bring for an overnight trip. For new backpackers, this is a great way to practice with a full pack in preparation for future overnight trips.

If you want to learn more about the club, or about backpacking, we would be happy to answer any questions while we're on the trail. We welcome new members or those new to backpacking.

The route: The exact route will be announced to confirmed participants, but plan on a 5-8 mile hike. We should finish by 1 PM.

We will arrive at the trailhead by 9am. Driving instructions will be provided next week, and we will help arrange car pools for those who need a ride. You will be asked a few basic questions when you RSVP, and we will follow up with an email by Thursday of next week.

Feel free to bring a lunch. Those who are interested can organize a post-hike lunch, but we are not planning anything officially.

The meetup fee for this trip is $2 with no refund.

Please contact one of us if you have questions.

Mike and Sonja