In­tro to overnight back­pack­ing

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Hobbs State Park-Con­ser­va­tion Area is ready to help the be­gin­ning back­packer get started through In­tro to Back­pack­ing Clin­ics. Th­ese hands-on, overnight trips are de­signed for peo­ple with lit­tle to no back­pack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to try out back­pack­ing and learn some tricks to hav­ing a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence on the trail. The clin­ics are led by a park in­ter­preter along the 8.5-mile Pi­geon Roost Trail. Par­tic­i­pants will be able to try out their own equip­ment in a safe en­vi­ron­ment with ex­pert guid­ance. Top­ics cov­ered dur­ing the clin­ics in­clude: pack­ing, cook­ing, safety, leave no trace, and nav­i­ga­tion. If you’re ready for a new kind of ad­ven­ture, then con­tact Hobbs State Park-Con­ser­va­tion Area to reg­is­ter for one of th­ese In­tro to Back­pack­ing Clin­ics. Bring your own food, wa­ter, and equip­ment to camp overnight. If you don’t have much equip­ment or are un­sure of what to bring, make sure to ask for the gear list when you reg­is­ter. Cost: $10 per per­son plus tax and pre­pay­ment is re­quired. To make reser­va­tions, call 479-789-5000. The clin­ics are 2 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 11, through noon Sun­day, Nov. 12; 2 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 24, through noon Satur­day, Nov. 25; and 2 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 9, to noon Sun­day, Dec. 10.

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