We will all meet at the Walmart Parking Lot in Dahlonega Georgia. It's a good place to pick up last minute supplies or backpacking food. Please be there approximately at 10:00 on Saturday Morning. Please be prompt since we may have a lot of packs to shakedown. We will leave at 10:30 - 10:45 am and drive up the mountain and into the Chatahoochee National Forest to Dockery Lake Day Hiking Parking Area. This is a gravel road after you get off Hwy 60.
Day One: 11:00 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 way to our campsite right along a creek. There is a amazing view where we will gaze across the Appalachian Mountains.
We will hike approximately 6 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 setting up a good camp
Go through Filtering Water on the trail
Learn how to Hang a Bear Bag PCT method
Collect Fire Wood and go through Fire Starting techniques (what is good fire wood)?
Talk about Food on the trail
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)
- 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
If you have any questions about gear, e-mail us at: email@example.com BEFORE you buy.
Here are some of our docs that will assist you in taking our bootcamp class. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. As always, you can e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust The Trail Backpacking Bootcamp
Scott's and Ariane's Gear List
Our Refund Policy for Bootcamp