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Backpacking Bootcamp 11/11/17 – CLOSED

This is a Beginner Bootcamp for those who are new to backpacking, or who have been out of the sport for quite some time. This bootcamp involves an overnight trip approximately two hours from Atlanta. GA. The objective is to help beginners become self sufficient and familiar with the skills and gear required to have a fun and safe backpacking experience. This Beginner Bootcamp will provide the backpacker with an understanding of expectations for intermediate trips.

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This trip will involve hiking approximately 5 miles on a Saturday and approximately 2 miles on a Sunday. The terrain where we will be backpacking in comprises some rolling hills and can be strenuous at times. The trails may also be wet, slippery, muddy, and rocky. WE WILL BE BACKPACKING ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL from the Woody Gap Trail Head

Keep in mind that backpacking is an intense cardiovascular activity that may involve a variety of potential health and safety risks. While organizers, event hosts, and other trip participants may help to facilitate trip planning and logistics, each trip participant must know his/her own capabilities and is solely responsible for his/her own safety.


We will meet at the Dockery Lake Parking area in the back of the campground at 11:00 AM sharp. Dockery Lake is 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA. (see driving instructions on website)

Pack Shake down at 11:00 AM – We will go over gear and goals of the weekend. After shakedown, we will drive up from the campground (carpool) and start our hike at the Trail Head.

Get to know your Gear
How to build a Fire with Wet Wood
How to hang a Bear Bag
Setting up your camp
How to Filter Water
Leave NO Trace
Cooking Techniques
How to pack your pack
Less is More

About Instructor

Ariane Petrucci has been exploring the outdoors for over 10 years. “The outdoors is my playground”. I’ve specialized in rock climbing, backpacking and Kayking, and I absolutely love it all!  I’ve explored all over the U.S including the Kalalau Trail in Kauai to name a few. I have Kayaked and led trips into the Okefenokee Swamp many times. It’s one of my favorite places to go. I absolutely love teaching and making new outdoor friends.



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