Backpacking Bootcamp

Backpacking Bootcamp 03/09/19

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Date(s) - 03/09/2019 - 03/10/2019

South Carolina, Mountain Rest South Carolina

South Carolina


Our Class is designed for inexperienced or new backpackers. The boot camp combines hiking and camping in a backcountry setting. Our primary goal is to help members become self sufficient and confident with their gear and gain the skills required to be safe while hiking..

This event will involve hiking a total of approximately 10 miles over 2 days. The terrain where we will be hiking contains steep hills, ravines, drop offs, ledges, and rocky terrain,  and can be strenuous at times. The trails may also be wet, slippery, muddy, and rocky. Drinking water will be obtained and filtered from area creeks or rivers.

Course Highlights:

Pack Shakedown before we hike

Leave no Trace Principles review

Multi Using your Gear

Gear selection

Starting a Fire in wet conditions

Water Filtration techniques

Meal Preparation/Food storage/Cookware

Foot care and Hygiene on the trail

We will all meet Hwy 76 Chattooga River Access Parking Lot. This is on the border of Georgia and South Carolina. Please be there  approximately at 10:00 on Saturday Morning. Please be prompt since we may have a lot of packs to shakedown.  The trail head is a short walk down over the river on the bridge. 

Day One: 10:00 AM - Pack shake down at Trail Head and have a quick Leave No Trace Class. We will begin hiking on the Chattooga River Trail and make our way to our campsite right along the Chattooga River where we will have a amazing view. 

We will hike approximately 5 miles and have a few short breaks. On the way to camp we will filter water and assess our packs. 

By 3:00 PM we will find a campsite and start setting up camp

Learn how to Hang a Bear Bag

Collect Fire Wood and go through Fire Starting techniques

5:30-6:00 PM We will go through Cookware and take out Cooking stoves. Eat dinner.

Get fire going and tell tall stories around the campfire. 

Day Two:

Eat Breakfast and go through "How to Pack your Pack". Make sure our camp is clean and nothing left behind

We will sit down at Camp and have a Q & A session about gear and  how your night went.

Hike back up to our cars.  

We don't suggest you go out and buy all kinds of new gear. In fact, wait to see how your trip goes first. 


Backpack Cover (Optional)

1 or 2 person tent

Ground Cloth (can be just painters tarp)

Sleeping bag (at least 30 degree EN Rating)

sleeping pad

Backpacking stove /cookware

Food for 2 full days of backpacking

water filter


trekking poles


dry bag/Ursack for food storage

50 foot cord rope to hang food

Proper clothing that fit's the weather conditions. NO COTTON

Beanie (keep your head warm)

Gloves or Mittens if it's going to get down to 32 degrees

Always bring a extra pair of socks. (no more than one extra pair)

Rain Jacket

Small First Aid Kit


Bookings are closed for this event.

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In 2003 I completed a Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. Since then I have over 12,000 miles underfoot and 20 years of backpacking, and camping experience. Certifications include WFA, WFR, LNT Trainer, and belong to AORE. Have been guiding backpacking trips for over 10 years. The outdoors has taught me one thing. Trusting the Trail! really does provide everything a person needs.

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