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Three things we got tired of hearing from folks:

1. “None of my friends are into backpacking! So I have nobody to go with.”

2. “None of my backpacking friends are available to go when I’m free!”

3. “I love the outdoors, but I don’t know anybody who can help me get into backpacking!”

Assuming that the above is true (and not due to bad breath, personal hygiene issues, or offensive personality traits) all you really need is some new friends who backpack! ;-) You have come to the right place! Relax and take a deep breath!

Backpacking is what we do! Check out our Message Board and Calendar. Look at our trip photos. We have some awesome, experienced trip leaders and instructors. We have several events per month. Come out and take a hike!

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Upcoming events (4)

Pine Mtn KY (Highland Section) Weekend Backpacking Trip

Pine Mountain Highland Trailhead (western end)

We will be going to Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail - located near Whitesburg KY. Suggest car poolers leave no later than 5pm on Friday from the Florence KY Super Walmart just off Houston Road, since the drive is about 4 hours to Whitesburg (dinner along the way). I'll be going down early on Friday to do a day hike if anyone else is interested (leaving by 8am Friday). Once you arrive on Friday, it is a very short distance (0.4 miles) to the Flamingo trail shelter for Friday night. On Saturday morning (or Friday night if we have time), we will stage a car at the Pound Gap VA end of the trail (15 miles). Then on Saturday, we will backpack about 8.5 miles and stay at the Adena Shelter (or use a hammock - Tent Space is very limited due to hillside - however there is another flat area about 0.2 mile further down the trail). The Adena shelter is split level and there is enough room for about 8 to 10 (cozy). On Sunday, we will backpack about 9.0 miles back to the eastern end of the trail at Pound Gap VA (first arrivals will go get the other car(s) and bring them back. We will stop for early dinner at the Pine Mtn Grill in Whitesburg KY. and be back in Florence KY around 8pm. Total distance is about 17 miles. This trail is difficult to strenuous in spots. WEATHER NOTE: If the weekend weather calls for hot/humid, I may postpone the trip. I will update this meetup notice with GPS coordinates for the Friday night parking lot and shelter, in case you need to arrive late at the shelter due to work. General Info: The Highland Section has 2 shelters (Flamingo is 0.4 miles from the western end parking lot, Adena is about halfway @ 8.5 miles). The 2-story shelters can accommodate about 12 people - or you can use a hammock. We will have to carry water in from the cars (0.4 miles) for Friday night and for Saturday hike). The Adena Shelter has a water supply 0.1 to 0.5 miles away (must filter/treat). Both shelters have privy. Both shelters have food hanging pole (must hang food, the area is known to be a black bear migration link). There is plenty of parking at the western end in a lot adjacent to US 119. Eastern end parking is limited and is behind a gas/food mart on US 23 in Pound Gap, VA right at the KY/VA state line (we will let the store know we are parking for the trail) Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail official website (http://www.pinemountaintrail.com/) Highland Section West to East Hike Plan (http://files.meetup.com/1049934/Pine%20Mtn%20Highland%20West%20to%20East%20Hike%20Plan.xlsx) Trail Features and Mileages (http://files.meetup.com/1049934/Highland%20Hike%20Mileages.xlsx) Detailed Highland Section Map (http://files.meetup.com/1049934/PMT_Highland_SectionMap2013.pdf) Sherpa Guides Info (http://www.sherpaguides.com/virginia/mountains/app_plateau/pine_mountain.html) NY Times Info (http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/10/03/travel/escapes/03pine.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0) BackpackCamp.com info (http://www.backpackcamp.com/PineMountainTrail.html) *****LOOK BELOW***** By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver: https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/ TOTAL estimated cost per person: $0 if we don't buy firewood for Friday night or about $3 if we do - plus you should share gas cost with your driver if you carpool * Distance: This will likely be a total of 16 to 18 backpacking miles. There will be some extended climbs across ridge lines. * Pace: Moderate * Travel time: About 4 hours driving time from Cincinnati * Leave No Trace. Pack It In - Pack It Out. * Dogs: allowed but must remain on leash at all times and under strict command of the owner * The trip limit and RSVP deadline can change without notice.

Backpacking Zaleski State Forest

Hope Schoolhouse

We will be backpacking the south loop which is a total of 9.3 miles. we will hike campsite d the first night. We will hike to campsite I for the second night. Sunday morning we will pack up early to hike the rest of the loop out. Post Hike meal will be at the lake hope lodge for brunch. Make sure all the proper gear is brought. We will meet at the zaleski backpacking trail head at hope schoolhouse. There is going to be a limit 10 total people.

E.G.G.S. Challenge Hikes & BTA Fundrasier (10th Annual!) at Burr Oak State Park

Join me at EGGS Hike Weekend at Burr Oak! This is the 10-year anniversary for this incredibly exciting event benefiting the Buckeye Trail Association. The entire weekend is fun with camping (included in registration), camaraderie, food, and of course seeing what your legs are made of on Burr Oak and Wildcat Hollow's hiking trails. The hikes are supported and a great opportunity to try something like this on fairly easy terrain with lots of fellow hikers. WHO: The Buckeye Trail Association in cooperation with the North Country Trail Association, American Discovery Trail Society, Wayne National Forest, Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative, Sunday Creek Watershed Group, and Burr Oak State Park WHAT: 5 hiking challenges consisting of 20 (day and night), 40, 60, and 80 miles that need to be completed in 12, 24, 36, and 48 hours respectively WHEN: Thursday, June 20th at 12:00pm to Sunday, June 23th at 12:00pm WHERE: Burr Oak State Park and Wildcat Hollow Backpack Trail WHY: To honor a founding member of the BTA and the first female to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, an Ohio native and long time advocate of ultra-light backpacking VOLUNTEER: We will be looking for volunteers to man trail checkpoints, assist with registration, and help with camping activities for any hikers bringing their family and little hikers to the event. Volunteers receive free meals from the BTA Chuckwagon and a free t-shirt. For complete info and to register, click here: https://www.buckeyetrail.org/eggs.php (RSVP-ing to this Meetup event DOES NOT REGISTER YOU for the EGGS hike! You must go to their website!) Burr Oak State Park: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/burroak Feel free to post questions below or PM me. I've done the 20 twice and the 40 once; registering for the 40 again this year.

Shiloh Military (Boy Scout) Trails

Shiloh National Military Park

Looking for more this spring/fall to hike the Shiloh Military Trails that I trekked with Boy Scouts over 20 years ago. http://shilohmilitarytrails.org/PDF/Pointsofinterest1.pdf Please contact me if interested so we can discuss adding you to this trip; there is much planning to accomplish, date not firm yet. You will be spending money up front on maps, reading material, etc. that you cannot get back, so please do not be a recreational bidder. I am cross posting this on another meetup site; group total will be four including me. Buster, my trail dog, will be with us. You must be self-sufficient. Currently there are 8 trails open that total 90 miles. We will base camp at a place with showers and hike a different trail each day; there will be additional costs to you for the lodging that we choose. This may be a 10 to 14 day trip, 7 days hiking the long trails, Battlefield Trek day of arrival, Indian Mounds Trek day of departure (or vice-versa), and weather/zero-mile days if needed. If the #6 trail reopens, we will also do it. Here are the hikes. http://shilohmilitarytrails.org/index.html Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation. Interesting Facts About Shiloh Monuments Numerous smaller monuments are located throughout the park including about 40 for Illinois, 22 for Indiana, 12 for Iowa, and 34 for Ohio. They are scattered through fields and woods. There are 210 cannons located though out the park. Nineteen different states were represented at the Battle of Shiloh. Of these, fifteen states have erected monuments of the battlefield in memory of their sons who fought and died at Shiloh. Interesting Facts About Shiloh Personalities Two Union Generals who were at Shiloh were later elected Presidents of the United States, Grant and Garfield. Another Union General who fought at Shiloh was Lee Wallace, author of the book "Ben Hur". Stanley, the African explorer who found Dr. Livingston, fought as a Confederate soldier at Shiloh. The Union Surgeon General, DR. B.J.D. Irwin who had the battlefield tent hospital erected at Shiloh was the first man to be recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Confederate General Breckenridge served as Vice President in 1860. General A.S. Johnston, killed at Shiloh, is the only full general in the history of this nation to be killed in battle. West Point graduates who fought at Shiloh: Union: Grant, Sherman, Buell Confederate: Johnston, Hardee, Bragg, Polk, Beauregard, Ruggles, Wheeler General Polk was an Episcopal Bishop. General Sherman was formerly President of L.S.U. The purpose of the Shiloh Military Trails Inc. is to engender interest in the history and beauty of this National Military Park by providing multiple hiking venues in and near the park which are designed to educate and entertain while at the same time providing vigorous and healthy outdoor activity. The Shiloh Military Trails were set up in June 1960 by Ken Humphreys, a Boy Scout leader in Memphis and the Shiloh National Park Superintendent. There are eleven different hikes (9 trails and 2 treks) ranging in length from 2 to 20 miles. The trails are managed by a nonprofit corporation, Shiloh Military Trails, Inc. and are staffed by volunteers drawn mostly from scouting and hiking organizations. After someone has completed six different hikes and other requirements they qualify to be designated as a "Shiloh Veteran Hiker" and receive a special patch, pin and a 12 x 16 certificate. *****LOOK BELOW***** By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver: https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/

Past events (525)

Campout: Learn & Do Trail Maintenance

Carter Caves State Resort Park

$25.00

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