fbpx
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Beginner Backpack Trip – Belle Isle State Park

September 18 @ 2:00 pm - September 19 @ 10:00 am

$124.95

Tickets

The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available

Are you new to backpacking? This is a great first trip to test your skills if you haven’t been backpacking before! Join Virginia Backpacking’s guides for an overnight backpack trip to Belle Isle State Park, a hidden gem within the Virginia State Park system!

Your Guides

Brian has been backpacking for decades and has years of experience as a formal educator to help ease you into learning how to backpack. He’s also a former Wilderness First Aid instructor.

Carmen has been backpacking a few years now but her knowledge of what it was like as a beginner is still fresh in her mind. She can share those experiences with you to help build your confidence. Carmen también habla español.

We’ll be hiking around 3 miles over two days on flat, wide fire roads to established campsites along the Rappahannock River.

DAY 1 – Meet at Belle Isle Equestrian Trailer Parking Area, arrive by 2:00 pm. Hike 1.5 miles to campsites. Set up camp and enjoy the evening!

We’ll also be leading a class to discuss the following topics:

  • Choosing a backpacking route.
  • The “Ten Essentials”
  • Choosing your gear
    • Clothing
    • Footwear
    • Backpack
    • Sleeping gear
    • Food
    • Trekking poles
    • Tent vs hammock
    • Stove
    • Water treatment
    • GPS
  • Additional considerations
    • Going to the bathroom
    • Hygiene
    • Backpacking on a budget
    • What to do when you get back home

DAY 2- Break camp. Hike 1.5 miles back to the Parking Area.

Additional Details

• Group Size – 8 people

• The campground has a portable toilet. No electricity or showers.

• Hiking Distance: 3 miles

• Trail Terrain: gravel, dirt

• Difficulty: Easier (Level 1 out of 4 difficulty level)

What to Bring:

Required (If you don’t have something on this list let us know. We’re in the process of purchasing equipment that can be rented.)

  • 2 Liters of water – recommend Nalgene bottles
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes
  • Hiking socks
  • Prescription medications
  • Toiletries (there is a portable toilet at the campsites)
  • Sun protection
  • Weather appropriate clothing (rain jacket, warm or cooler clothing depending on temperatures)
  • Personal Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Trail snacks
  • Backpacking backpack
  • 1 or 2 person lightweight tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad

Optional

  • Change of clothes
  • Pillow – Bring a camp pillow (or stuff sack that you can fill with clothing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Wide brim hat
  • Trekking poles

What Virginia Backpacking brings:

  • Backpacking Stove
  • Dinner – Your choice of a freeze dried backpacker meal
  • Group First Aid Kit

• Cancellation: If weather becomes an issue, call or check your email for updates before leaving.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel or leave a trip for any reason:

  • 60+ days before start of trip: Full refund of trip cost minus $25 per person.
  • 59 to 30 days before start of trip: 50% refund of the trip cost.
  • Less than 30 days prior to trip start: There will be no refund or trip credit.

Details

Start:
September 18 @ 2:00 pm
End:
September 19 @ 10:00 am
Cost:
$124.95

Organizer

Brian Finkle
Phone:
804-822-2727
Email:
brianf@virginiabackpacking.com
View Organizer Website

Venue

Belle Isle State Park
1632 Belle Isle Rd
Lancaster, VA 22503 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
804-462-5030
View Venue Website
%d bloggers like this: