Join us in this four part Intro to Backpacking Series Course to learn all the basics of backpacking!
Class 1: Gear Essentials - Saturday, February 9, 1- 4 p.m. at Clintonville Outfitters
Learn about all the gear and clothing you need while trying out items in our rental inventory. Once you have all the gear, backpacking can be an extremely cheap adventure. However, the process of finding the right gear that works for you, can become pretty costly. In this class, we will go over all different types of backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and tents to try and figure out what works for you while learning about material, repair options, the importance of weight, and more!
Class 2: Plan Ahead and Prepare - Saturday, March 9, 1 - 4 p.m. at Clintonville Outfitters
Learn all about Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and why it is so important to practice while backpacking. We will also discuss how to plan your trip properly and safely.
Class 3: Practice Hike + Map & Compass - Saturday, April 13, 1 - 4 p.m. at Clear Creek Metropark
Practice hiking on strenuous terrain with a full pack. In this class, we will also practice map and compass skills to make sure that you can rely on yourself (and not just phones and gps devices) to navigate.
Class 4: Backpacking Trip, 2 Days, 1 Night - Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5 at Shawnee State Forest
Utilize all the things you learned in the classroom with an actual backpacking trip! We will hike 4 - 6 miles each day with full packs and stay in a backcountry campsite in beautiful Shawnee. During this trip, we will workshop hanging a bear bag, filtering water, cooking and cleaning in the backcountry, navigation, and more!
*Transportation is provided for the backpacking trip, and is optional for the practice hike at Clear Creek
*All gear and food is provided
*You must feel physically capable of hiking up to 6 miles on moderate terrain with a loaded pack
*These classes all build upon the other.
*Classes are limited to 9 participants
*These courses are taught by our Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, Erin, who is a Leave No Trace Trainer, certified as a Wilderness First Responder, and has been teaching and leading backpacking trips for over three years.
Clintonville Outfitters' Cancellation Policy
A lot of planning and prep go into making these programs the best possible experience that you can have. Due to that, we have to implement a cancellation policy that will ensure costs are covered and all participants get the most out of the program.
Cancel up to 30 Days in Advance – 100% Refund
Cancel up to 14 days in Advance – 75% Refund
Cancel up to 7 days in Advance - 50% Refund
Cancel 48 hours in Advance – No Refund
*If program is cancelled due to bad weather, we will reschedule or you may transfer your registration to another program