Chicagoland Backpackers is an organization for those interested in getting outside, enjoying nature, having fun, and sometimes having a little bit of adventure. Backpacking involves hiking on wilderness trails with survival gear to sustain you for a few days to a few weeks. Leaders are experienced in safely navigating with a compass and map to destinations averaging from 6 to 15 miles per day. Backpacing is a sport for those who are physically fit and have the necessary equipment to sustain themselves in good and bad weather. Members can attend begining trips with trainers who will teach you how to use the necessary gear needed for more advanced trips. The group strives to provide trip opportunities for all levels and to increase backpacking competance in all members. Most of our events are overnight weekend trips in the Midwest within a 3 to 8 hours drive but there are also extended trips and trips to other parts of the country. Even though our focus is backpacking we do reserve the right to occasionally deviate into overnight bike touring, canoe camping, and other outdoor adventures.
Like many Meetup groups we charge a small fee to cover the Meetup site fee and other expenses. Many trips charge additionally to cover permits, campsite reservations, or other up front expenses. Refunds: It is our policy not to do refunds for trips unless we cancel the trip or remove you from the trip. There are numerous reasons for this but here are some of the important ones. Many times the organizers are paying fees upfront with their own money that are not refundable. When you sign up for a trip we expect you to show up. Our trips take significant effort to put together, are hundreds of miles away, have limited space for participants, and usually fill up. As a result we expect commitment, as a low turnout rate diminishes the trip experience for everyone and wastes limited spots that someone else may have wanted to use.
By becoming a member you have agreed to release this group from any and all liability.You are responsbile for your own safety and safe conduct on trips. Please remember that the organizers are volunteers and that it is a vacation for everyone.