Backpacking Bootcamp

Backpacking Bootcamp 11/10/18

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Date(s) - 11/10/2018 - 11/11/2018

Walmart, Dahonaga Georgia



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.

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 in the Walmart Parking lot in Dahonaga Georgia approximately at 9:00 on Saturday Morning. Please be prompt since we have at least a 40 minute drive to the trail head. We are driving to Dockery Lake Campground where we will stage cars. After parking at Dockery Lake (day use parking lot), we will carpool up the road 3 miles to Woody Gap where the Appalachian Trail intersects. We will park there. 

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 Appalachian Trail and make our ascent up to Cowrock Mountain or (Preachers Rock) where we will have a amazing view. 

We will hike approximately 5 miles and have lunch at Millers Gap. 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

Hike back up to Dockery Lake. We will sit down at Camp and have a Q & A session about gear and  how your night went. 

We don't suggest you go out and buy all kinds of new gear. In fact, wait to see how your trip goes first. There is an outfitters just on the other side of the mountain we will be at, so we can drive out there and you can get personally fitted with lightweight gear. 


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

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


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