Backpacking 101 - Sipsey Wilderness Adventure

Backpacking 101: Overnight Adventure

in the Sipsey Wilderness

Sat & Sun, April 28-29

$89.00 per person  (includes all meals on the trail)

 

THE BRIEFING:

This is an overnight backpacker basic training course in the Sipsey Wilderness. If you’re new to backpacking and want to get the feel for what it’s really like out on the trail, this overnight trip will be perfect for you! We’ll see some spectacular waterfalls, Alabama’s tallest tree, and a beautiful camping area along Borden Creek. Your registration includes a 1-hour training/gear selection session before the hike, a guided 2-day, 1-night hike, all your meals on the trail, and basic training on how to do wilderness backpacking right. 

You’ll learn backpacking basics out on the trail including:

  • How to pack your gear
  • How to adjust a backpack
  • Selecting the right footwear
  • How to follow a trail and not get lost
  • How to hike on uphills/downhills
  • How to train properly
  • What to do in an emergency
  • How to filter water
  • How to build and tend a fire
  • How to setup a camp: location, tent setup, etc.
  • How to prepare gourmet meals on the trail
  • Basic first-aid essentials

THE MISSION:

We’ll leave Huntsville at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning.

Day One: Borden Creek to  (7.4 miles)

We’ll start at the Borden Trailhead an the Southeast side of the Sipsey Wilderness in the Bankhead Forest. We’ll hike along Borden Creek with rocky overhangs, beautiful waterfalls, and and through a tight spot called “Fat Man’s Squeeze.” We’ll cross the Sipsey River then camp overnight in a level area along the water’s edge. 

Day Two: Big Tree to Borden Creek  (8.6 miles)

We’ll break campToday we’ll hike out to Big Tree, a 150 foot tall Yellow Poplar, which the largest tree in the state of Alabama. We’ll see more waterfalls, cliffs, beautiful canopied areas, then make our way back to the Borden Creek trailhead on an old wagon road.

Post-hike, we’ll pile into our vehicles and head for home, stopping for a well-deserved dinner on the way! We should arrive back in Huntsville, AL between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. 

 

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