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Here is what our clients say about our programs:

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I really, really enjoyed this program. I thought the workshops were interesting and informational. I really liked that you showed us different things like with the stoves and how to bear proof our food. I appreciated that we went slow and had breaks to ease us into backpacking. It was informative and fun. Thank you!Maggie U.

I wouldn't change a thing! This was an absolutely wonderful experience! Every detail was planned and well thought out by our guide. I wouldn't have any hestitation in recommending this trip to a someone who has never backpacked, a beginning backpacker or someone who want to brush up on their skills. I am really looking forward to attending OAC trips in the future. Thanks so much for an excellent experience!Amanda R.

I loved being able to experience what it was like to hike the AT on my own. I liked finding my pace and having a goal location to find along the way. It was a wonderful experience!!Sara D.

This was a great weekend for beginners. It definitely makes you want to keep on backpacking.Theresa W.

It was physical and labor intense which gave me a great sense of accomplishment. Thank you Andy for the week I needed that escape and opportunity to see what I could do.Debbie B.

The guides made everyone feel welcome and safe.Nicole L.

The educational aspects were excellent, easy to understand and very informative. I especially enjoyed Leave No Trace, tips on gear and the food preparation/tasting demo.Charley S.

The loved the opportunity to backpack with a group of newbies and with very knowledgeable guides. Don't change a thing.Kathi M.

I'm now an experienced backpacker thanks to Outdoor Adventure Connection. Their workshops, presentations, backpack trips, and hikes have turned an interest in the outdoors into a passion. Andy is a natural at educating and promoting. He knows how to teach; he knows how to encourage; he knows when to challenge; he has a knack for connecting with people. He's creative, energetic, and a master at organization.Karen C.

I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting a great group of people.Melissa T.

I received excellent tips to make next trip more enjoyable and less effort in a supportive environment. Not sure what you could do better--already topnotch!Elizabeth R.

Would not recommend changing anything - had a great time !! Thank you Andy.Sharon J.

The challenge of the weather made the trip better. Being harder built my confidence. Andy and Lucy are AWESOME guides.Mike L.

I loved every minute, every aspect of this trip. Would love to do again...right now!!! Love that Andy builds our confidence level and makes the experience so enjoyable. Best guide ever!!!Johnene I.

Aside from spending all that time in the beautiful outdoors, I liked the workshops the best. Tama and Andy flawlessly conveyed years' worth of backpacking/camping knowledge to us in an understandable and entertaining way.Lucy W.

Loved the presentations, the humor, the information. Andy is a natural teacher, you made the Leave No Trace fun even for adults, and through the chuckles, made it thought provoking too.Glen B.

Was a wonderful trip! Lucy and Yvonne did a great job. I feel everyone learned something even though there was such a vast range of experience levels.Jennifer P.

The entire trip was great. I was at ease as soon as I met all the guides. They were professional and made the trip a fun learning experience, even in the rain. I couldn't ask for a better program to learn backpacking skills. I'm thankful I signed up. Thank you for a great adventure!Catie H.

I haven't enjoyed myself like that in a long time. Two beautiful campsites, totally different from one another; a very pleasant hiking pace.Glenn R.

Andy and his team are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They provided valuable beginner backpacker information in a welcoming and encouraging environment.Terra D.

We have an excellent safety record at Outdoor Adventure Connection. But on other trips we have been called upon to help. Read More

Andy shared his knowledge and led in a very polite and professional way throughout the trip. He went above and beyond to see all participants were safe, learning and enjoying the trip. The materials provided were extremely useful. Am not certain anything should be changed however I would like to be able to attend again, perhaps enjoying a longer hike.Diana B.