Backpacking for Beginners: Cheaha State Park

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Name: Backpacking for Beginners: Cheaha State Park
Date: November 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM CST
Event Description:
“People often think Alabama is flat. A hike on the Pinhoti Trail is the quickest way to prove them wrong.”
-Callie Thornton, Backpacker Magazine
Have you ever wanted to get into backpacking but you were not sure where to start? If so, these classes are everything you need! They are limited to a maximum of 10 participants each so quality instruction is assured. 
Cheaha State Parks Assistant Superintendent, Callie Thornton, has backpacked the entire Alabama and Georgia Pinhoti Trail and is currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail. She is the owner of Hiker Hostel and has been featured in Backpacker Magazine for her ability to teach others how to prep for “backpacking like a pro.” She will be teaching a special backpacker series here in the park for beginners. The series will be followed by a group backpacking trip lead by Callie where participants get to put everything they’ve learned to use.
Note: Participants can attend any of the sessions however, to attend the overnight trip, participants must reserve a place on the hike and must attend sessions 2 and 3. All costs include admission to the park.
1. Introduction to Dehydrated Cooking-September 22, 2018 10am -11:30 am Cost: $20
This session will focus on Dehydrated Cooking and the benefits
related to backpacking and cooking on the trail. Location: Dogwood Pavilion 

2. Introduction to Hiking- October 6, 2018 3pm-4:30 pm Cost: $20
This session will focus on clothing and footwear, water filtration, 
basic first aid and other tips and tricks Location: Azalea Lake Pavilion

3. Introduction to Overnighting- October 27, 208 3pm- 4:30 pm Cost: $20
This session will focus on backpacks, cooking, shelter 
and sleeping bags, and other tips and tricks Location: Laurel Lake Pavilion


4. Free Group Backpacking Trip- November 17 -November 18, 2018
This trip will be for the first 10 participants who sign up and attend sessions 2 & 3. 
You must have your own gear to participate. Check in will be at 10am on November 17, 2018. Hike will be moderate and a round trip distance of 7.5 miles to McDill Point, overnight camp, and back. 
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