Date(s) - 03/09/2019 - 03/10/2019
South Carolina, Mountain Rest 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.
Pack Shakedown before we hike
Leave no Trace Principles review
Multi Using your Gear
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.
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)
Backpacking stove /cookware
Food for 2 full days of backpacking
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)
Small First Aid Kit