Spring 2019 Beginner's Backpacking Trip

March 30 and 31 2019!

Ever wanted to try out backpacking but haven’t known how to get started? Now is your chance!

We're offering an overnight guided trip for beginners and newcomers. We'll cover up to 12 miles over 2 days on an 'easy to moderate' trail with one 'strenuous' section along a scenic river in the north Georgia mountains. The actual route and distance will depend on weather conditions, overall participant ability, and transportation logistics.

Prior to the trip we will have a virtual shakedown to review gear and discuss many of the fundamentals such as - planning, food prep and handling, and etiquette. During the trip you will be introduced to a number of concepts and techniques to serve as a starting point to further develop your own skills.

This trip is intended to introduce newcomers to backpacking without breaking the bank. While there is a minimum gear requirement you are welcome to supplement as much additional gear as you choose. Please see the list below for Minimum gear requirements - All items are a MUST HAVE but don’t sweat it if you don’t already have them. We can help you with the process. But, you will need to be willing to spend a little money to get a few needed items.

Please take note: This is wilderness hiking and camping! There are dangers and while I will do my best to make sure we have a safe and exciting experience I cannot guarantee everyone's safety. The likelihood of any animal encounters is rare, there are bears, mountain lions, wild boar, coyotes, and snakes in the area so certain precautions must be taken.

No one under 12 years of age. No one under 16 without a parent.

No pets, no firearms, no alcohol or illegal substances

NO FOOD IN THE TENTS AT ANY TIME. (that also applies to any personal items that may have a fragrance – deodorant, hand wipes, drinks, etc)

Minimum Gear Requirements:

  • On The Trail

    • Backpack and Large garbage bag for a liner
    • Compass
    • Whistle

    Shelter and Sleeping

    • Tent or hammock rig
    • Sleeping Bag (minimum 20 degree)
    • Ground Pad

    Food and Meals

    • Food for 2 days
    • Fork and spoon or spork
    • Cup or plate
    • Nalgene style water bottle
    • (optional) Backpacking Stove
    • (optional) Backpacking Cook Set


    • Headlamp or Flashlight and Extra batteries
    • Pocket Knife or Multitool
    • 1 Gallon zipper freezer bags
    • Stuff sacks
    • Bandana or buff

    First Aid

    • Small First Aid Kit
    • Bug Spray
    • Sunscreen
    • Any Medications you take

    Just In Case

    • Emergency Blanket
    • Lighter or Matches

    Clothing and Insulation

    • Clothing (Hiking Clothes, Dry Camp Clothes, Cold weather)

    When Nature Calls

    • Toiletries (Toilet paper, Trowel, Personal hygiene)

Be sure to check out the  FAQ


** Additional information will be provided after sign up! **