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Stillwater Prairie Reserve, Ohio

Backpacking Workshop and Overnight Trip


 



Backpacking Workshop and Overnight Trip
Skill: Level I
April 24 - 25, 2021
Stillwater Prairie Reserve near Covington, Ohio
Meets at 10:00am.
Fee: $95.00 - Includes Saturday dinner.

Limit 16 participants. Registration Has Closed.

Ready to learn about backpacking? This is a perfect opportunity!


Description: This is a one night, backpacking trip for first time backpackers and beginning backpackers. It includes seven workshops on backpacking essentials that every backpacker should know. This trip is designed for those with little or no backpacking experience who have always wanted to try backpacking under the guidance of highly experienced backpackers. Experienced backpackers are welcome too! Share your tips and hints!




About Stillwater Prairie Reserve: Stillwater Prairie Reserve, a jewel in the Miami County Park system, is situated along the Scenic Stillwater River. A circular hiking trail passes through fields, woodlands, marshy habitats and shrub lands. Segments of the main trail follow along the river. Diverse topography and vegetation make this park a perfect place for hiking, picnicking, wildflower viewing and bird watching. Park Web Site


The Plan: On Saturday we will hike 4-5 miles at a leisurely pace over varied terrain to where we will spend the night. On Sunday morning we will hike ~2 miles back to our cars arriving around noon. A park naturalist from Miami County Parks will join us for this trip! Learn the names of plants and animals while you hike.

Note: This hike will involve crossing the Stillwater River without a bridge twice. Bring a pair of sandals, Crocs or camp shoes to wade the river or just wearing your hiking boots. If the water level in the river is too high to safely cross we go to Plan B which does not involve wading the river.

During this backpacking trip we will conduct seven short workshops and cover these topics:


  • Proper Backpack Fitting and Trekking Pole Adjustment
  • Bear Bagging - Hanging Your Food In A Tree
  • Backcountry Sanitation & Hygiene In The Woods
  • Fire Building
  • Backpacking Stoves & Cooking
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Packing Your Backpack & Gear Organization

What Is Included? Your registration fee includes professional guides, all workshops, course material, any shuttle, camping, parking or permit fees, Saturday dinner and dessert around the campfire. Dinner will consist of sampling various backpacking food entrees. This is a great chance to check out different backpacking food choices and decide which you like best!

Not included: Gear, meals, (except for Saturday dinner), snacks, transportation and optional guide gratuity.

Required Equipment:

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag & Pad
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Sitting Pad. Foam or Inflatable
  • Warm Clothes (warm hat, gloves & long underwear)
  • Rain Gear
  • Food: Saturday Lunch, Sunday Breakfast.
  • Personal medications: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Antacids, Pepto-Bismol, Prescriptions (as needed).
A pair of trekking poles, hiking stick or staff is highly recommended!

Don't Have Backpacking Gear? Rent It For A Low Cost!

Rental Gear: For only $45 you can rent a backpack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad for the night. We have both two-person and one-person tents. People renting a two-person tent will be paired with someone who is renting gear also. Let us know your preference for a two-person or one-person tent and if you already have a tent mate selected. The gear will be distributed at start of the hike for you to carry. The rental gear is first come-first served and must be paid for in advance. Rental gear quantities are limited. Choose the rental gear option from the PayPal drop down box below.

Your Guides:


Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp. Andy Niekamp is the Chief Adventure Officer for Outdoor Adventure Connection, which specializes in backcountry adventures. Andy has backpacked over 16,000 miles including four end to end hikes of the Appalachian Trail and thru hikes of the Buckeye Trail, Ohio To Erie Trail, Florida Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Long Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail, Colorado Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, John Muir Trail and the Bartram Trail. Andy is founder and leader of the Dayton Hikers group, the largest outdoor recreation group in Dayton, Ohio, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Andy Niekamp grew up and lives in Dayton and has a passion for long distance hiking which he shares with others. Andy brings his wealth of backpacking experience and his passion for hiking to this program. He has two rules for his backpacking trips. Number 1: Be safe. Number 2: Have fun!


Tama Cassidy. Tama is a full-time naturalist for the Miami County Park District. She loves to hike, backpack, and be out in nature. She is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. She hikes sections of the Appalachian Trail each year. In her spare time, Tama can be found underground exploring wild caves. She and her husband were invited to a weeklong underground expedition in Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico. She's rappelled Golindrinas Cave, a 1,200-foot pit in Mexico with her daughter and husband. Tama is experienced in canyoneering at Zion National Park.



Karen "Tag Along" Power. Karen began backpacking in 2014 after completing Outdoor Adventure Connection's backpacking workshop and overnight trip. Since then Karen has backpacked many times in many places including the 400 miles on the Appalachian Trail, 800 miles on the Florida Trail, the Foothills Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Twin Valley Trail, Red River Gorge, Big South Fork, Cumberland Gap, Shawnee Backpack Trail and Zaleski Backpack Trail. She completed Ohio's 1444-mile Buckeye Trail. She loves the "living in the moment" feeling of backpacking and being outdoors. Karen is a retired college professor, mother of three sons, grandmother to four and enjoys travelling. In her spare time she volunteers in Costa Rica helping sea turtles. Karen is trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED. She is also a professional writing coach.



Here Is What They Say About Our Level 1 Workshops:


It was great! Thanks to Andy for all the knowledge and wisdom you imparted to us!! Your preparation was top notch!Vicki G.

All the workshops were were very interactive and gave me a chance to try new techniques. I would not change a thing.Jackie C.

I was really impressed by the Leave No Trace ethics game. It was really well done.Margaret D.

The guides are knowledgeable and their presentations were relevant to our needs as beginners. Both were positive and encouraging in their approach to us. The program exceeded my expectations!Bill K.

The views were beautiful! I enjoyed meeting new hikers.Yvonne E.

I loved the whole experience and can't wait to go on more trips to continue to expand my knowledge.Margy R.

I really liked the evening supper and getting to try all the different freeze dried foods to see what we liked. All the workshops were really great and I liked how all the information was presented in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Erika O.

Overall a great trip, lots of information about backpacking learned. I hope to do Level II trip with you soon.Bernie B.

I really learned a lot and feel more prepared to go try this on my own. Both Andy and Lucy share the passion they have for this and that's infectious.Rick S.

The rain provided yet another great lesson in backpacking reality and how to deal. All in all, it was a great experience, I learned a lot, and I very much enjoyed the company of all of the ladies who were there.Laurie J.



Cancellation Policy: Your workshop fee is fully refundable, less any PayPal fees, if you cancel 21 days in advance or if this event is cancelled or rescheduled.

Important: All participants must complete an adventure application and sign a liability waiver. Adventure Application PDF with fill-able form fields or Adventure Application PDF to download/print. Application must be returned for your registration to be confirmed. Note: If you've attended one of our trips in the last 12 months we have an application on file for you.

Notes: Minimum age is 18. No pets permitted. All of our trips are non-smoking. A recommended gear list, meeting location and trip details will be sent via email to registered participants.





Thanks for putting the trip together! It was a good shakedown for my upcoming Appalachian Trail hike. Company was great.Jeff H.