What we’re about
- “None of my friends are into backpacking! So I have nobody to go with.”
- “None of my backpacking friends are available to go when I’m free!”
- “I love the outdoors, but I don’t know anybody who can help me get into backpacking!”
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- Annual Autumn Backpacking at Cumberland Gap KYCumberland Gap Wilderness Road Campground, Ewing, VA
Thu Nov 2: Wilderness Road Campground (GPS: 36.599956,-83.633782) in Cumberland Gap Natl. Hist. Pk. near Middlesboro KY (4 hours from Cincy). Arrive when you can - we are "car camping" in the natl park campground tonight. Will organize car pooling a couple weeks out. We will be camping in group site G-3 and will split the cost. Potable H2O and restrooms available near the campsite.
Fri Nov 3: Most people will probably arrive today. Same camp ground details as above. For folks who arrive on Thur, we will do a day hike today - trail to be determined. Lunch during hike in downtown Cumberland Gap TN. Fri night we will stage some cars at the Sunday exit trailhead.
Sat Nov 4: Break camp by 9am and drive 20 minutes to Ewing VA and hit the Ewing Trail about 9:30am and backpack 8.5 miles to Martins Fork campsite (tent camping - no shelters), via Ewing Trail. We will stop at White Rocks Overlook and Sand Cave along the way. Treatable H2O at Sand Cave and Martins Fork. Pit toilets at White Rocks and Martins Fork.
Sun Nov 5: Break camp by 9am and backpack 2 miles to Hensley Settlement for a self guided historical tour, then 4 miles to staged car(s) via Chadwell Gap Trail - expected ETA at cars 2pm to 3pm. Treatable H2O sources in Hensley and near Indian Rock. Optional 4pm lunch/early dinner: Polancho's Mexican in Middlesboro KY.
Cost is $10 per person to cover group campsite, cost of firewood and to help defray Meetup.com cost (will pass the hat around the campfire) .
Leave no trace rules and Bear safety to be followed - Must hang food/smellables.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but must remain on leash.
Please only RSVP “yes” if you actually plan to attend as space is limited on this trip.
Cost: The cost of gas and permits will be shared.
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Distance: A total of 15 miles over 2 days (plus optional Friday day hike about 8 miles)
Pace: Moderate (we usually break up into hares and turtles).
Travel time: About 3.5 hours driving time from Cincinnati
Event rules: Leave No Trace. Pack It In - Pack It Out.
The trip limit and RSVP deadline can change without notice.
By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept that I am not, nor have ever claimed to be, a trained backpack trip leader - therefore you are personally responsible for any injury or death you experience during this trip.
CAR POOLING INFO: The suggested place for people to meet for car pooling is the Meijer Store in Florence, KY located just off Houston Road (take I-75 South then Turfway exit, take Turfway to a left onto Houston, then go about 0.5 mile) - Meijer allows cars to be parked overnight out in the garden supply area away from regular customers. Please use the Comment Posting area below for this event to arrange who is driving and riding, departure times, etc.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS (from Meijer):
Take I-75 S. KY about 154 miles to: Exit 29 - US 25E (Signs: US-25 / Cumberland Gap Pkwy / Corbin / Barbourville). At end of ramp turn left (Corbin Bypass / W Cumberland Gap Pkwy / US-25). Follow US-25 (southeast) for about 45 miles (toward Middlesboro KY - US25 is also called Cumberland Gap Parkway). Stay on US 25E through Middlesboro. You will pass the Cumberland Gap National Park Headquarters on the right, keep going and you will enter US 25E Tunnel. Immediately after exiting the tunnel, take the ramp on right for US 58 toward Cumberland Gap, TN. Stay on US 58 for 2.5 miles and you will see the entrance on the left to Wilderness Road Campground (brown sign) - turn into the campground. Keep taking right turns and you will be on the campground loop. We will be in Loop G – Look for the “Cincy Backpackers Meetup” sign on the G-3 campsite signpost. Max 4 cars in the campsite parking, but overflow parking is across the road by the picnic shelter. My cell is 513 608 2921 if you get lost.
- Wilderness First Aid - SOLO (Entry Level) Certification CourseCamp Butterworth, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Maineville, OH$275.00
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do?
Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good adventure story and a bad ending…and maybe even save a life.
WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a basic level of first aid training for remote trips when access to medical help can be delayed. This 16-hour course focuses on the entry-level skills of: response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies, soft tissue injuries, and medical emergencies. The WFA curriculum focuses on real life examples and blends classroom learning with hands-on scenarios. Upon completion, students will receive a SOLO certification card, good for 2 years.
The class is held over the course of 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 - 5:30 each day.
Cost? $275 per participant (course text, certification, scenario materials. Optional overnight lodging - lodge or camp - also included!)
To register, contact Matt Hartman, Lead Instructor, at Hartman.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Appalachian Trail Hike Planning Workshop + Other Long TrailsFranklin-Springboro Public Library - Springboro Branch, Springboro, OH
Program: Appalachian Trail Hike Planning Workshop + Other Long Trails
Presenter: Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp
Presented By: Springboro Library - Free & Open To The Public
Description: Is there a long distance hike on the Appalachian Trail or other long trail in your future but you're not sure where to start? This program will give you the knowledge and confidence to plan a long distance hike. You'll learn trip planning skills about gear, clothing, food planning, resupply methods, shuttles, long-term parking, trail safety, hostels, smartphone apps, guidebooks, maps, trail magic and more. Learn some basic resources and tips to start planning your hike, whether it is a week-long or months-long hike.
Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp has over 20,000 miles of backpacking experience including five end-to-end hikes on the Appalachian Trail, a continuous footpath from Georgia to Maine that travels throughout 14 different states. He has also hiked the Buckeye Trail, Florida Trail, Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, John Muir Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Long Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Ohio To Erie Trail, and other trails.