Past Meetup

Backpack for beginners and seasoned - as follow-up from Backpacker 101 Class

This Meetup is past

5 people went

446 East out of Bloomington and cross causeway

Tower Ridge Road · Bloomington, IN

How to find us

We will meet at the trail head for the Peninsula Trail and hike in from there.

Location image of event venue


As a follow-up to our Backpacker 101 Class

A big thank you to our members Nicole and Dave who helped organize and lead this successful event, for several meetup sites and CIWC. Also, a thank you to CIWC for securing the location at Holiday Park and providing refreshments. To learn more about Central Indiana Wilderness Club, visit their website at: CIWCLUB.ORG

As a follow-up I have organized an overnight backpack that is suitable for beginning and seasoned backpackers alike. It will be an out and back hike of about 4.5 miles in to the campsite along Lake Monroe in the Deam Wilderness Area. The terrain is moderate with about 200 feet loss in elevation down to the lake. Their are several established campsites to choose from in this area all on the lake shore. This is a wilderness setting and we will be getting our water directly from the lake allowing us to explore the several methods of water purification you learned in the class. Bathroom facilities will also be in a wilderness setting with the practice of Leave No Trace.

The date is April 20 and 21, 2013. (see events on meetup site) The event is free and you will be responsible for your food. Bring something for lunch and Saturday night dinner as well as Sunday morning breakfast. This is a moderate setting and therefore considered a family friendly event. Older children with parent OK. During the week end we will attempt to use as many of the learned skills that may be appropriate, map and compass, Leave No Trace, cooking, fire building, water purification, personal hygiene, shelter and a wealth of other elements that would be employed during a typical backpack trip. While this is geared more to the beginner, seasoned backpackers will gain from the experience. The learning of backpack skills is a combination of direct experience and working with others.

I have assembled a lot of useful information as printable handout type material available on the site. At the top banner click on the drop down menue "more" and go to files. You will also find the handout from the class in this area. Great reading, informative and concise.

If you do not have all the equipment that you feel you need there should be sufficient additional equipment that we can not only share but try different types as well. Example;a propane stove, pocket rocket or alcohol stove for meal preparation, that I will be bringing. You should at this time have a pack, bedding and shelter. I have some additional equipment that can be borrowed.

Whether you are a seasoned backpacker wanting to try out that new equipment or a newbee, this should should be a great little overnight that is close to home.

If you have questions please email me. Jim Eickman: [masked] or call me at[masked]