This is the first event in a series this spring to get people who might be interested in camping and backpacking up to speed and ready for a backpacking or camping adventure. On February 23, the Sierra Club of North Alabama will lead a Backpacking/Camping 101 Class where we will discuss what to expect on a backpacking trip, the gear needed, preparations and how to either get started camping/backpacking or to help people wanting to transition from camping to backpacking. This will be a discussion on the basics and include some show and tell of equipment. You will be provided a list of equipment you will need to camp/backpack safely. This will be an outdoor event so dress for the weather… folding chairs may be helpful.
Additionally, there will be two follow-up events:
March 30-31 Sierra Club will host an overnight camp-out in the Monte Sano State Park to give people a chance to try out any new camping gear or techniques in a fun, safe environment, close to home, with experienced campers ready to help with camp/tent set-up. We are planning to have a camp cooking demonstration and a social bonfire.
May 11-12 Sierra Club will host an overnight back-packing trip at the Cathedral Caverns State Park to allow people to have a fun, low risk back-packing experience. The hike to the camp-site is about 1 mile from the trailhead. Again we will have experienced backpackers to help with camp/tent set up.
The two follow-up camping/backpacking events will be posted soon, on Meetup as their own events, keep your eyes out for those posts.