If you want to increase your chances of completing the entire AT this class is for you. We teach you everything about thru-hiking the “green tunnel”.
Are you planning a Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail? If the answer is yes, than you have some work to do. This class will focus NOT on the physical, (that’s hard enough) but the mental aspect of it. This 2 night 3 day course is a “hands on” class.
You would be surprised at the number of the people who start their thru-hike on the AT, only to get off before the halfway point. Why? We find most hikers have a great start, only to realize that the Appalachian Trail is not only really hard, but the reality of the hike isn’t what they thought. It sure didn’t look that way on YOUTUBE! As two people that love the trail, we want to share with you our experience and help you be successful on your journey. In 2017 we noticed more and more hikers getting off the trail because of weight. Heavy packs, and heavy food bags. We also noticed that all of our friends thru-hiking bought ALL NEW gear at Trail Days. Weight was the number ONE reason as to why they spent money on gear…twice. Don’t be that HIKER.
You will learn everything from the Mental aspects of attempting a Thru-Hike to Food, to Hygiene and more
You will stay in a actual AT Hostel the first night.
The next night we will go backpacking and get to know your gear. We will go over Shelter Etiquette and Leave NO Trace Ethics.
Backpacking Bootcamp takes you right out into the Wilderness with complete instruction how on to successfully go on a Solo Backpacking trip outdoors. Our primary focus for you to understand your GEAR in real practical situations. As backpackers ourselves, we understand that watching a video is much different than actually being out there. That is why we want to give you a personal touch by a small intimate class.
Together, we have over 20 years of backpacking experience and have our Wilderness First Aid Certification, we are both Leave No Trace Trainers, and have taken Outdoor Wilderness Survival Training. Read our Bio’s HERE
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.
This is not only a beginners trip, but a Instructional Class!
This trip will involve hiking approximately 4-5 miles on a Saturday and approximately 3-4 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.
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.
Expectations of participants:
All participants are responsible for obtaining the essential gear for the trip. This includes a backpack, sleeping bag, tent or shelter, rain gear for you and your backpack, headlamp, food, and water (you should be able to carry two liters). Over-the-ankle hiking boots and a sleeping pad are strongly recommended. NO wearing cotton jeans or tennis shoes. You will also need a water filtration system and a cooking system. We don’t except the “I don’t need a stove” premise.
ON THIS TRIP WE WILL BE CROSSING MINOR CREEK CROSSINGS.
Hiking poles and a First Aid kit are highly recommended.
You will learn the basics of backpacking, including how to hang “Bear Bag”, water filtration, camp fire techniques, Leave No Trace, how to pack your pack, and how to lighten your load.
Additional Information: 1. If you are NOT new to backpacking, you should not be on this trip. Backpacker Bootcamps are primarily geared toward beginners. Contact an Instructor if you have a question concerning your readiness.
Minors, or other dependents are not permitted. Dogs are permitted as long as they are on a leash and well behaved.
We practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. www.lnt.org and will have a Awareness class during our first day.
Registration fee of $125.00 per person.
By signing up for this hike you agree you have read and abide by our terms of membership.
Itinerary and Instruction is on Book Now Page.