Have you envisioned backpacking through Yellowstone or Glacier National Park? Do daydreams of lush forests, staggering mountains, and serene lakes distract you at the office? Well, that is, until you realize that you really have no idea how to backpack?
Backpacking refers to hiking and spending one or more nights out under the stars away from your vehicle and all other luxuries. You carry all your supplies, including shelter and food, with you. It can be an amazing experience, but it is also uncomfortable and even dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Five Rivers MetroParks will be holding a session, The Long Distance Hike Trip Planning, during which local experts will share the ins and outs of long distance hiking.
The Long Distance Hike Trip Planning is a two-hour informal informational session that includes a question and answer section. It will be held at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroParks Auditorium, located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton.
Your chance to start planning your first long distance hike is on Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. The session is open to individuals of all ages; however, space is limited to 10 on a first come, first served basis. The goal is to keep the session small so that quality information can be conveyed. There is a $10 registration fee.
For more information on The Long Distance Hike Trip Planning offered by Five Rivers MetroParks or to reserve your spot, please visit the MetroParks website at http://metroparks.org/GetOutside/Backpacking.aspx.