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April Beginner’s Backpacking Bootcamp

April 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM
to April 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Forest Glen Preserve
20301 900 North Rd
Westville, IL 61883 United States

Don’t let the title of the event scare you off! This course is designed for inexperienced new backpackers but we have found that even those who have been backpacking for several years still find something to take away from this course. It is a great opportunity for those who would like to brush up on their backpacking skills learn about new equipment or test out new equipment in the safety of a group. During this event, you will be hiking and camping in beautiful backcountry settings. Our primary goal is to help guests become confident self-sufficient and familiar with their gear while gaining the skills required to be safe and comfortable while backpacking.

Our friendly trail-wise staff will walk you through every step of the way so that you can enjoy the rejuvenating spirit of the outdoors. Sign up with friends or by yourself. Either way, we guarantee you’ll leave the trip with a group of like-minded friends.

This event takes place over 2.5 days and starts on Friday. After you arrive and check in there will be an informative 2-3 hour session where you’ll learn how to select the right gear for your trip food planning/selection LNT principles proper packing hygiene water filtration food storage (hanging a “bear bag”). Experienced True North staff will also provide you with a “gear shakedown” where we make recommendations on gear that you may or may not need which reduces pack weight making your experience more enjoyable.

Dinner is provided Friday night at the group camp. Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon we will be hiking approximately 7 miles stopping at mile 4 Saturday night to camp at a backcountry site. The terrain and trail where we will be hiking may contain land features such as ledges steep ascents/descents unstable wooden crossings and can be strenuous at times. The trails may also be wet slippery muddy and rocky. We will obtain water from local sources such as springs streams creeks and rivers or will be provided by True North.

Tickets for Beginners Backpacking Bootcamp can be booked here.