Virtual Backpack Training!

With the Covid-19 pandemic still restricting activities, the MGSC Outings Committee is collaborating with two local businesses to offer a series of virtual training sessions in Backpacking related topics. Sponsored by Roads, Rivers and Trails, Summit Trek and Travel, and Miami Group Sierra Club, the series will offer training on subjects like Leave No Trace, Basic Backpacking Gear, and Food and Stoves. In addition, advanced topics such as Trip Planning, Navigation and Lightweight Backpacking are planned to be offered. Note this training is intended to help prepare participants for future outdoor activities, and the Outings Committee strongly encourages everyone to follow all current Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

All training sessions will be free of charge and presented live by experienced instructors. Look for schedule details in future Newsletters, on our website, and the Sierra Club Outings Meetup page. Our schedule is below as well.

Email Nancy Ball at [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about these events or leading a virtual training session.


May 20, 2021, 7:30 PM: Forest Bathing

May 6, 2021 730 PM: Cincinnati Hikes, Cincy’s Online Green Space

April 15, 2021 7:30 PM: Panthertown Valley, the “Yosemite of the East”

April 1, 2021 7:30 PM: Managing Outdoor Emergencies

March 18, 2021 7:30 PM: Pura Vida! A virtual Tour of the “Most Bio-intense Place on the Planet”

March 4, 2021 7:30 PM: Up a Creek … With a Paddle!

February 18, 2021 7:30 PM: Wilderness Jeopardy! What would you do? Come play…

February 4, 2021: Trip plan with digital resources

January 21, 2021 7:30 PM: Not Merely A Trail

January 7, 2021 7:30 PM: Why Walk When You Can Ride?

November 19, 2020 7:30 PM: Backpacker Dinner in a Baggie… Crazy? Freezer Bag Meals

November 5, 2020 7:30 PM: Trailside Gourmet; Dehydrating for Backpackers

October 15, 2020 12:00 PM: Lighten Up! You’ll last longer.

October 1, 2020 7:30 PM: Happy Trails Part Two: Preparation and Planning Prevent Prodigious Problems!

September 17, 2020 12:00 PM: Happy Trails Part One: Preparation and Planning Prevent Prodigious Problems!

September 3, 2020 7:30 PM: Staying Found Part Two: I go to the woods to lose my mind… NOT my way!

August 27, 2020 7:30 PM: Staying Found Part One: I go to the woods to lose my mind… NOT my way!

August 20, 2020 7:30 PM: Oh, Sh*t!! Part Two: First Aid and Animal Safety.

August 13, 2020 7:30 PM: Oh, Sh*t!! Part One: Hiker Safety, Backpacker Hygiene.

August 6, 2020 7:30 PM: At the end of your rope? There’s a knot for that!

July 30, 2020 7:30 PM: Water: “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” (W. H. Auden)

July 23, 2020 7:30 PM: Footwear: To paraphrase a familiar adage, “The thrill of victory, or the agony of de Feet”

July 16, 2020 7:30 PM: Food and stoves: A backpacking trip is not the time to diet!

July 9, 2020 7:30 PM: Clothing: Wool is wonderful, Cotton kills, and other hard-learned lessons

July 2, 2020 7:30 PM: Shelters: “A place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger”

June 25, 2020 7:30 PM: The Grand Canyon: Getting to the Bottom – Optional; Getting to the Top – Mandatory

June 18, 2020 7:30 PM: Sleeping bags: The Soft Tacos of the Bear World

June 11, 2020 7:30 PM: Packs: The Backpacker’s YouHaul

June 4, 2020 7:30 PM: The Kitchen Sink or Just a Toothbrush? Gear Basics for Backpacking

May 28, 2020 7:30 PM: 7 Ways for Backpackers to Reduce Impact in the Backcountry


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