Cooking for the Outdoors 6:30pm

Tired of freeze dried food on the trail? Learn how to eat well in the outdoors using simple multi-use recipes. Stoves, cookware, spices, bear bags, and cold weather considerations will all be discussed. The class is $5 per person.

A sample meal will be cooked, and may include the following: Dairy, Peanut Butter, Wheat Products, Peppers.

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Date | Time: Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: $5 per person

Basic Knot Tying 6:30pm

Join us for some introductory knots for varied applications, including hanging bear bags, mooring a kayak, or setting up a clothes line. We will not be covering climbing knots. We will have small sections of cordage to practice with in the shop, and a list of the knots will be provided. All you have to bring is an open mind and a bit of patience!

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Date | Time: Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Intro to Backpacking 1:00pm

2017 has many adventures to offer, so it’s time to pull out the boots and dust off those maps! Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? This event is perfect for you. Stop by and John T. will set you on the right path. Learn how to plan a trip, optimize gear purchases, bypass some beginner mistakes, and feel confident in planning and executing a memorable outdoor experience. All you have to bring is an open mind, but feel free to bring a notepad.

Due to potentially high volume attendance, outlines will be available electronically upon request in an effort to save paper. If you would like an outline emailed to you, please send John T. a message requesting a copy with your email address.

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Date | Time: Sunday, February 12th, 1:00pm
Location: Highbanks Metro Parks
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Intro to Backpacking 6:30pm

2017 has many adventures to offer, so it’s time to pull out the boots and dust off those maps! Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? This event is perfect for you. Stop by and John T. will set you on the right path. Learn how to plan a trip, optimize gear purchases, bypass some beginner mistakes, and feel confident in planning and executing a memorable outdoor experience. All you have to bring is an open mind, but feel free to bring a notepad. An outline will be provided.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Sunday on The Scioto

Looking for a local river trip that provides both solitude and great views of Columbus?

This past Sunday we paddled the Scioto River from the base of Griggs Dam past the confluence with the Olentangy, thru Downtown and took out at the boat ramp at Scioto Audobon Metro Park.

The northern portion offered enough solitude and wildlife (herons, deer, an owl) that it was easy to forget how “in town” we were. South of the low head dam at the Dublin Road Water Plant (very easy to portage around on the right side of the river) the river is much more urban. At least 20 bridges cross overhead and the views of Downtown are spectacular. The Downtown area has been totally revamped with the removal of the Rich Street Dam. We got out to stretch the legs at Rich Street and discussed heading up thru the park to grab some brunch. Next time we will take a cable lock to secure the kayaks and lunch will be part of the plan. South of Rich the river becomes a reservior for the last mile and a half to the boat ramp at the Metro Park. This trip covers about 8 miles and we were on the water for about 4 hours.

One nice thing about paddling in town is that it does not require a second vehicle to shuttle back and forth. An UBER from the takeout back up to the truck we left at Griggs was $14, then a short drive back to pick up the boats and other guys.

Photos.
1. Just a bit of whitewater below Griggs Dam
2. Below Trabue Road.
3. Low head dam at Dublin Rd Water Plant.
4. Downtown Columbus from water level.

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6 Mile fitness Fast Pace/moderate trail hike

Central Ohio Hikers & Backpackers

Central Ohio Hikers & Backpackers

Columbus, OH
1,689 Hikers

Welcome to Central Ohio Hikers & Backpackers!  COHB is a group of active hiking and backpacking enthusiasts with a serious interest in longer day hikes and multiple-day backpa…

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Welcome to Central Ohio Hikers & Backpackers! COHB is a group of active hiking and backpacking enthusiasts with a serious interest in longer day hikes and multiple-day backpacking trips in and around Ohio. There are a number of other “walk-in-the-park” groups out there, but the focus of this group is on longer hikes and backpacking events. Events offered by COHB include the following:

– A wide variety of day-hikes from 5 to 20 miles in length.
– Two and three day backpacking trips in and around Ohio.
– Day-hikes combined with car-camping outings.
– An occasional hiking or backpacking trip at a distant location.

Membership is subject to some very basic COHB membership policies. Group policy requires that your main profile photo must clearly show your face, and that you sign-in on our meetup site at least once every 6 months.

YOUR REQUEST TO JOIN COHB WILL BE DECLINED IF YOUR COHB PROFILE DOES NOT HAVE A PRIMARY PHOTO THAT CLEARLY SHOWS YOUR FACE.

Once you are approved for membership, you will have access to all of our past and upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail!