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

Cold Weather Backpacking and Camping 6:30pm

No mosquitoes, idyllic scenery, and serene solitude; these are just a few of the benefits of being outdoors in Winter! Learn how to best utilize the season with instructor John T. as he explains layering, cooking, and other Winter concerns. Preparation and wisdom can mean the difference between disaster and a favorite memory, so don’t miss out on this class!

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Date | Time: Thursday, November 17th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

How to Prepare for Winter Hiking 1pm

Join the ODS staff at Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center to learn how to properly dress and prepare for winter hikes. Learn about baselayers, midlayers, shells, and other gear to get ready for the Metro Parks Winter Hike series and other winter excursions. Learn how to plan for and alter your approach to cold weather backpacking.

There will be an optional short hike following the class.

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Date | Time: Saturday, November 12th, 1:00pm
Location: Highbanks Metro Park
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Intro to Backpacking 6:30pm

It’s backpacking season, and that means it’s time to dust off the boots and pull out the 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, November 9th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Snug as a bug in an MSR Hubba Hubba NX

11:30 pm, all is quiet except for the bugs and frogs.
11:35 pm, the wind is howling, lightning is on the horizon and thunder is shaking the trees.
11:40 pm, the rain is pounding down sideways and the next flash of lightning is interrupting the last rumble of thunder.
2:30 am, back to calm and the last of the water dripping from the trees.
Every time I have visited Florida with the intention of spending a few days outdoors it seems that Mother Nature wants to have fun with me. Five years ago she cut a planned 9 day kayak trip along The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail in half with non-stop head winds and afternoon thunder storms. Last week I was back down there and so was she. The friends I was going camping with said that they hadn’t seen any rain in weeks until they were on the way to the airport to pick me up.
Fantastic.
My tent for this trip was my two year old MSR Hubba Hubba NX. This is the latest version of the now classic tent that Mountain Safety Research introduced 15 years ago. Double doors and vestibules, full coverage rainfly, vertical walls, and plenty of headroom. Comfy for two adults or a 3 and a half pound palace for solo adventures. It has accompanied me on many backpacking, kayaking, cycling, festival and car camping trips.
Once the storm passed, I flipped on my headlamp to survey the situation. A bit of condensation but no dripping or leaking from the rain. The fly, floor and seams all kept Mother Nature outside where she belongs. The next day’s weather was a repeat performance but earlier in the evening, just in time for dinner and continuing for 5 hours. On the final morning of our trip we woke up to bright blue skies and a nice breeze. I pulled all of my dry gear out of the tent and got it packed, moved the tent into the sun and gave the beads of water on the fly a quick wipe down with a bandanna. After eating breakfast, the fly was dry and I gave the body a shake out to get rid of the sand and pine needles it had accumulated. Another bad weather trip made fun by having quality, dependable gear.
The MSR Hubba Hubba NX
3 lb 7 oz Minimum Weight
29 sq. ft. Interion plus two 8.75 sq. ft. Vestibules
84″ long x 50″ wide x 39″ tall at peak.

$399.95 (2016 price)
storminahubba
Photo: Ryan freshly wide awake at 11:40 pm.

Backpacking 102

Slogging uphill with a heavy pack is no fun, and neither is feeling exhausted at the end of the day. Burn less energy, hike faster, and feel better at the end of the day by packing lighter. Stop by the shop and pick up some tips from John T. on how to prioritize your purchases, and how to find the balance between weight and luxury that works for you.

An outline will be provided, but feel free to bring a notepad. Whether you are a seasoned backpacker looking to drop some pounds or a beginning backpacker wanting a lighter setup from the start, you are bound to learn something at this class.

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Date | Time: Thursday, September 29th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Rock Climbing Scioto Audubon Metro Park

There’s no better way to unwind from a long day at the office than enjoying a nice evening climb. Columbus is home to one of the largest free-standing climbing walls in the country so come join us downtown at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

This invitation is open to all climbers, experienced and first-timers. The Audubon is a bring-your-own-gear climbing wall so bring your climbing gear if you’re able but The Outdoor Source staff will have some extra equipment for those who do not have their own. Just wear athletic clothes and tennis shoes!

Space is limited, serious interest only please.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30pm
Location: Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free