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This is a group for anyone interested in backpacking in the Virginia area. All skill levels are welcome.

Virginia Backpacking Premium is our paid membership group and will feature our more popular trips that often have significant wait lists.

If you'd prefer to join Virginia Backpacking as a free member and sign up for our more common backpacking trips visit our main sister group at the link below:

https://www.meetup.com/Virginia-Backpacking/

Any membership dues collected from our premium group will go towards purchasing equipment that can be borrowed by members with a refundable deposit as well as a nominal fee to be paid to event leaders across both groups. Disbursement of any leftover funds at the end of the year will be voted on by premium members.

You should join this group if you enjoy the outdoors, like the idea of packing everything you need for a weekend on your back, and carrying it a few miles into the wilderness. Also, even though we're based out of Richmond, don't let it prevent you from signing up if you live elsewhere in Virginia. Trips will be led in all regions of the state and as long as you're willing to travel to a destination we'll be glad to have you join.

If you're new to backpacking there are plenty of experienced backpackers to help shorten your learning curve to help avoid some of the more common mistakes we've all likely made at some point in our travels.

There will be a good range of hikes for different skill levels including some nice, easy, introductory trips as well as some more intense up and down hikes. The great part is each hike will have a good summary of what you can expect and you decide what works best for you.

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