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Beginner Backpacking Trip: Charles Deam Wilderness Backpacking Skills Trip, June 2-3, 2018

  • 02 Jun 2018
  • 03 Jun 2018
  • Charles Deam Wilderness, Bloomington, IN

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Beginners Backpacking Trip

Charles Deam Wilderness

(South of Bloomington, IN)

June 2-3, 2018 

Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch  (skinch@comcast.net) and Lisa Forester

Type of Trip:   Backpacking; Hiking

Cost: $25 (non Refundable) - Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast; Use of club gear - Bring lunch and snacks for the trail

Adults Only

Maximum number: 8

Wilderness Level: 2 (EMS help may be over an hour away) – cell service spotty at best. 

Difficulty: Beginner

Learn and practice backpacking skills, enjoy a mid-June weekend in the Hoosier National Forest. 

We will hike in on an easy, well-traveled trail; establish camp near the banks of Monroe Reservoir.  We will set-up our tents and explore this wonderful area.  Also learn the various water filtration options, how to build a fire, how to prepare a backcountry dinner and a breakfast the next morning.

After breakfast, we will pack up, using leave no trace techniques and hike back to the trailhead.

Dinner and breakfast are provided by trip leaders. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items. Gear lists and trip details, including carpooling options, will be emailed prior to the trip. Some club backpacks and tents may be available for loan on a first come, first served basis.

Don’t have gear? CIWC has tents and backpacks you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Dinner and breakfast are provided. Participants should bring their trail lunch and snacks.

All trip participants will be expected to submit a medical form, sign a waiver and complete emergency information documents prior to participation.

Rain Date Hike – Location to be determined

June 30th - July 1st

Leaders: TBA

CIWC wants you to have the best experience for your first time out. Therefore, we are likely to cancel trips in the event of rain. Rather than disappoint participants, this makeup date for any cancelled trips will give hikers the opportunity to have a beginner backpacking experience. Leaders will determine the location based on the group size. Should the group size be larger than eight, the leaders may divide the group into two separate locations. Regardless of location participants will receive the same information and experience they would have received on their original trip.

Those unable to participate in the Rain Date Hike will receive a refund of their trip fee.

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