Ok, so this is the first planning meeting for the Minister Creek, PA Beginner Backpacking Trip. Here, we will discuss what gear you must have, what gear you may like to have, the actual date of the trip, whether or not the group wants to have community food (and quite frankly, this is somewhat dependent upon El Cap being able to make the trip, but we will discuss the details), and hopefully setting up some carpooling.
I will be bringing some examples of gear so if you are planning on buying and/or upgrading, hopefully, these examples will give you a better idea.
I'm not sure how long the meeting will last, I plan on people asking a lot of questions, but I can't imagine it being more than an hour or so. The actual trip to Minister I've hiked numerous times before, so I know exactly what we'll be doing for that. This is really just to iron out some of the finer details, with an emphasis on gear, to ensure you understand what you'll need to have a fun time in the backcountry.
Please let me know if you have any questions.