Monday, August 22, 2011

Fall Backpacking program for women offered by BOW

   Women wanting to learn to be self sufficient in the outdoors might want to take up backpacking. A three-day, two-night backpacking trip will be offered Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising in the Upper Peninsula.
   The program is part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program or Beyond BOW as requires participants to have had previous backpacking experience.
   Backpackers will hike about five miles daily along trails that follow the Lake Superior shoreline. They will see waterfalls, limestone cliffs and miles of sandy beaches.
   Each participant will help with camp duties like set up and break down, meals, and water filtering.The trip begins at noon Friday with a gear check and trip orientation in Munising.
   After travelling to the Little Beaver Lake trailhead, hiking begins before setting up camp and enjoying the evening.
   Following Saturday morning breakfast you'll hike before setting up camp. Hiking will continue on Sunday, with an ending time of 3 p.m. in Munising.
    Be prepared to hike on trails with varying terrain and to proceed rain or shine. That time of year in the U.P., plan on anything from cool to cold, so pack accordingly.
   Pack with the newer lightweight camping items available. Cost is $100, which includes breakfast, dinner and dessert each day, plus group gear, such as tents and cooking utensils.
   Each participant must provide their own personal gear (sleeping bag, hiking boots, backpack, etc.) and should pack their own lunches and snacks. Enrollment is limited to eight, so early registration is encouraged.
   For more information about this BOW event, and to get the low-down on what  is needed to feel comfortable camping on the trail, call 906-228-6561.

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