Franklin Library

Hiking 101

Have you been thinking about going for a hike in a local park but have some questions about what to bring and where to go?  Come to "Hiking 101" to learn the do's and don'ts of hiking.  Discussion will include clothing, footwear, gear, safety, maps, and area parks so you and your family can have a safe and enjoyable outing.  Learn the 10 essentials that every hiker should have.  Get the confidence needed to plan a hike and hear about the 10 best beginner-friendly trails for a hike in the Dayton area.

Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Franklin Branch

Ages 13 and up

Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp is the Chief Adventure Officer for Outdoor Adventure Connection, which specializes in back-country adventures.  He has backpacked over 14,000 miles including three end-to-end hikes of the Appalachian Trail and thru hikes of the Buckeye Trail, Ohio To Erie Trail, Sheltowee Trace, Long Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail and Colorado Trail.  Andy brings his wealth of backpacking experience and his passion for hiking to this program.  He has two rules for his backpacking trips.  Number 1: Be safe.  Number 2:  Have fun!

Yvonne "Princess Doah" has over 6,800 miles of backpacking experience including hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, Florida Trail, Benton McKaye Trail and Mountains To Sea Trail.  She got her start in backpacking later in life after raising three daughters.  In 2007, she enrolled in a beginning backpacking class at Five Rivers MetroParks and has been on numerous trips since that time.  Yvonne is a certified Wilderness First Responder.