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Fox Cities Backpackers Mission Statement

The Fox Cities Backpackers Meetup group exists as a cooperative effort of its members to provide a gathering place for people who share the common interest of backpacking. We pool our time, talents and resources to facilitate backpacking trips and provide resources for our fellow members. We share our knowledge and skills with fellow backpackers and learn together.

For additional information see our full about page (http://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/about/)

Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws

Please read the bylaws before you participate in any of our events! This is our governing document and you will find answers to many of the question you may have about the group and how it is organized and run within the bylaws.

Link to Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws (https://drive.google.com/file/d/11dVIoeLKJqzOX3frr700XsAhlqoASjiO/view?usp=sharing)

Liability Waiver

In addition to signing up for an event an affirmative Yes or Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement which you signed when you joined Meetup.com including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws including the Code of Conduct found therein. If you are not familiar with the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement or the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws do not sign up until you are. A link to the Meetup.com Term of Service agreement can be found below. A link to the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws can be found above. If you are unable to locate these documents or need help understanding what they mean an organizer would be glad to help.

Click here to review the Meetup.com Terms of Service. (https://www.meetup.com/terms/)

Fox Cities Backpackers Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is a great place to ask questions, buy sell and trade gear, share ideas and destinations, post and view backpacking related articles and videos and stay up to date with group activities.

Link to Fox Cities Backpackers Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/foxcitiesbackpackers/)

Resources For Organizers

Trip Posting Tutorial (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L8iU9PvXFt92Fr_ufwIpFeTXHGMWvkW4/view?usp=sharing)

Trip Fee Calculator (https://drive.google.com/open?id=17cEzRWNrSFYb6ZbN3cBM6n_KFy2Czpvd) (Follow link and open with Google Sheets to fill in blanks and use)

Upcoming events (4)

KMSF Pike Lake Unit-Holy Hill IAT Hike (BEGINNER)

Pike Lake State Park

$25.00

Two nights camping with backpacking on the Ice Age Trail in the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Meet at backpack campsite B2 Friday evening. Saturday morning we will hike to Holy Hill (about 10 miles). Options to hike out and back or shuttle vehicles. Must wear pack for the hike in order for this trip to count towards advancement to intermediate skill level. Sunday morning we can hike the trails within Pike Lake Unit. Optional group brunch/lunch before heading home late morning. Cost of $25 includes: a split of the campsite reservation fee and a $10 meetup fee. Cost does NOT include (and attendees are responsible for providing their own): WI park sticker (required for parking lots), transportation cost, camping/hiking equipment, and food. See WI DNR website for maps of the Pike Lake Trail systems: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/pikelake/ And a map this segment of the IAT trail can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yuHmCEjO6VwRGdsFw3iVNB-RPSd24gGJ/view?usp=sharing If you have any questions, please contact me (Amber) through meetup messenger. *In addition to signing up for an event, an affirmative Yes or Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the meetup.com Terms of Service agreement which you signed when you joined meetup.com, including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws including the Code of Conduct found therein. If you are not familiar with the Terms of Service agreement or the Bylaws, do not sign up until you are. If you are unable to locate these documents, an organizer would be glad to help.*

July Social: Milwaukee Edition

City Lights Brewing

Venue - City Lights Brewing http://citylightsbrewing.com/ Appleton too far North? Join us for a Milwaukee social! Come join us for food, drinks, and some great info! Hope to see you there! Agenda: Drink beer Have fun Maybe talk about backpacking

Ice Age Trail Mobile Skills Volunteer Weekend

This is a first for the Fox Cities Backpackers! Team up with the Ice Age Trail Alliance on one of their epic Mobile Skills Crew Weekends to help build a new section of the Ice Age Trail near Hatley. This is a one-of-a- kind chance to give back to Wisconsin's beloved Ice Age Trail, which is built and maintained solely by volunteers! Here's a description of the weekend from the IATA website, "The opening of the reimagined Ringle Segment takes another step forward as we connect and open-for-business recently constructed sections. Boardwalk, stonework, signage, and tread builders wanted!" These weekends are fun and rewarding! Camping (tent and campers) is free, and food (it's seriously awesome) is provided! No experience is needed. They assign you to groups with similar experience and do onsite training. You arrive whenever you can on Friday and are generally done by noon on Sunday. Volunteers will need to sign up here but also register on the Mobile Skills Crew website. First time volunteers will also need to sign a participation waiver. Please see their website for registration & more information. www.iceagetrail.org/volunteer Select schedule on the volunteer page and then select the August 13-18 Ringle Segment to take you to the registration link. (The building weekend is actually Tuesday - Sunday. If you want to go for the whole week feel free! We're just planning Friday - Sunday for the Meetup event) If you have questions, you can message me (Jenna Benjamin) at [masked] or contact the Ice Age Trail Alliance at (800)[masked] or email at [masked]. As we get closer to the event date the IATA event coordinator will send out emails with camp location, project maps and description of the work, and other pertinent information. Hope to see you there!

August Social - Topic: Water !!

The Bar - Lynndale

What could be more exciting than water?! Well a lot frankly -- beer for instance. What could be more essential for a surviving a backpacking trip? Not too many things. In this session we will not only talk about the major approaches to treating water but we will actually try them (I will bring some non-potable water and we will make it potable using each approach). Prizes for those who drink our converted product!! We can discuss related topics like hauling & hydrating and keeping your water in liquid form when it gets cold.

Past events (355)

Rock Island (Beginner Trip)

Rock Island State Park

$30.00

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