Becoming an Outdoors Woman – Backpacking for Beginners

Becoming an Outdoors Woman – Backpacking for Beginners

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) – Utah is hosting an overnight workshop in their “Beyond BOW” series to introduce women to basic backpacking and camping in a positive and empowering environment. Join a fun group of women as we head out on a backcountry backpacking trip with mountain streams and beautiful views. We will venture out on an “out and back” trail where we will hike roughly 4-5 miles the first day, set up camp, enjoy some wonderful scenery and cool weather, camp overnight, and then break camp in the morning so we can head back on the same trail to return to our vehicles. Before the excursion, we will have a zoom meeting on July 17 at 7:00pm to meet everyone and to go over some basic gear, as well as answer any questions you may have.

When: July 26-27, 2024

Who: Adult women (18+ years old), No experience necessary

Where: We will meet at the USU Extension office (Washington County Fairgrounds) at 9:00am on Friday, July 26. We will travel to Beaver where we will meet our guide, Lane Tucker from Tucker High Adventure Tours. (For those joining us from places other than Washington County, you can meet us in Beaver if you prefer.) We will jump into Lane’s adventure van and depart on a grand expedition to Blue Lake in the Tushar Mountains. (As with all outdoor activities, we have a few contingency plans in case of unforeseen circumstances.) We will return to the USU Extension office on Saturday, July 27, in the late afternoon around 4:00pm (return time may vary).

What: Enjoy a wonderful outdoor adventure with other women as you increase your outdoor skills and confidence. Learn about backpacking gear, basic camping, simple food prep, and other pertinent information while experiencing beautiful mountain scenery. We will provide lunch and dinner (Friday), breakfast and lunch (Saturday).

You will need to bring: a backpacking backpack (we have a few available if you don’t have one or if you don’t know someone from whom you could borrow a backpack), a change of clothes, jacket for cool evening weather, sleeping bag that packs down small enough to fit in backpack, sleeping pad, small tent (we have some that can be shared), 3-4 liters of water (in sturdy water bottles or hydration bladder), comfortable shoes (that are NOT new), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, headlamp/flashlight, personal hygiene items.

Minimum requirements: You will need to be able to

hike 4-5 miles in a day carrying your own backpack and gear
go to the bathroom in the wilderness (we will explain the particulars)
be comfortable sleeping outside on the ground
Please note this activity will be geared toward beginning backpackers, however we will be experiencing elevation changes so this is not an activity for those who have been sedentary all year. The hike to Blue Lake is mostly downhill which means the hike out will be mostly uphill. It may feel a little strenuous if you do not actively prepare physically for the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to Andrea at andrea.schmutz@usu.edu or call the USU Extension office at 435-301-7740.

We hope you’ll join us for a fabulous excursion!


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07-26-2024 @ 09:00 AM to
07-27-2024 @ 04:00 PM

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