Backpacking 101 Class April 2013
Not a Clue Adventures with the cooperation of the FWC Chinsegut Conservation Center we put together a full day class introducing backpacking to quite a large group of new hikers. We all met in the cool of the morning and reviewed different types of packs and other essential backpacking gear, Leave No Trace Principles, food options and more. Everyone got to try on different packs to understand why a proper fitting pack is so important.
Many that brought their own packs learned the best place to store and pack different items and other options for items they may have had or forgotten. IT was not long before the class had worked up quite an appetite!
Lunch was delivered by Lake Lindsey Mall and we all got our fill of fresh made sandwiches, chips and cookies before loading up our packs and all heading out for a hike. We of course made sure everyone was hydrated and discussed the importance of this over lunch.
Once we were on our way everyone fell into a smooth rhythm. The day was getting warmer and a slight threat of rain made the air heavy. The walk down hill had the student practicing tightening their leg muscles to give less stress upon their knees with each step and the packs required them to keep their torsos tight, it was not long until they started realizing this was not like hiking. About half way around May’s Prairie and the ground leveled out and the younger kids started noticing animal signs, butterflies and flowers. We would talk about the changed in terrain and eco-systems, about why special places like Chinsegut need to be protected.
As we came back around the May’s Prairie we started up the grade that brought us down the hill earlier. As we walked through the beautiful sand hill and pines a few more moans and a bit more sweat were experienced. Everyone I am glad to say successfully completed the class and many were looking forward to their next experience – but not till fall when it cools down a bit! Many were planning to come back and hike other trails at Chinsegut.
I was very excited to have me so many wonderful folks and I look forward to seeing them on the tail again soon!
For more information on Chinsegut Conservation Center Visit: http://www.myfwc.com/chinsegut
For more photos from our class and hike check out: http://notaclueadventuresphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/4330
To book an outdoors themed workshop for your group or organization please contact Jeanene Arrington-Fisher at Not a Clue Adventures. com 813-789-0904