Beginners Backpacking Trip
May 6-7, 2023
Trip Leaders: Nancy Myers and Wendy Brinson
Type of Trip: Backpacking; Hiking
Cost: $30 (non Refundable) - Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast; Use of club gear - Bring lunch and snacks for the trail
Maximum number: 8
Rain Date: May 20-21, 2023
While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip. Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.
We will meet at the entrance of Shades State Park and drive to the Hickory Parking lot located within the park. From there we will get acquainted and do some light hiking with maps, snacks and water bottles. We will then make our way back to the parking lot to prepare for our hike to the back-country. Equipment will be disbursed between all hikers. Backpacks will be checked for weight distribution and fit. Everything we will need for our overnight experience will be carried in our backpacks over a moderate 2.5mi trail to our camping area.
At the campsite we will work together to prepare our tent and kitchen sites while reviewing some camping etiquette. We will prepare a delicious dinner, using a few different types of backpack stoves. Additional activities will include using different water filter systems, hanging food bags and making a campfire. There will be time to explore the area before we pile around our campfire to discuss our day's events.
In the morning we will heat up water for everyone to have their coffee, tea, oatmeal, etc. After breakfast we will break camp using leave no trace techniques and hike back to the parking lot. Anyone who would like to continue hiking may do so on their own.
You can Google Shades State Park for a map of the trails and Park information. We will try to have additional maps available as well.
Don’t have gear? That’s no problem as CIWC has tents and other gear you can borrow and we share some club-provided group gear, such as stoves and water filters. Suggested gear list will be provided by your trip leader. Breakfast and Dinner will be provided on each trip and hikers will share responsibility for carrying the group food and equipment. Participants will bring their own lunch, snack and drink items.
All trip participants must fill out and submit a
CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form. After registration leaders will communicate additional details.
Questions? Contact CIWCinfo@gmail.com