Switchback Expeditions: Backpacking 101

The gist... $195, 3 days (August 23-25, 2019), 5-8 miles a day, Location: Ludington State Park and Nordhouse Dunes.  

Join Switchback on your first backpacking adventure, complete with lake shore views, a group of other friendly first timers, and a weekend of learning how to play comfortably outside! (Spoiler alert: there will be a sunset lighthouse hike involved) 


(may change slightly due to trail and weather conditions)

Thursday, August 15th at 6:30pm: A few mile practice hike. Location TBD. 

Thursday, August 22nd at 7:15pm: Pre trip shakedown at Switchback

Friday, August 23rd at 10am: Leave Switchback and head to Ludington State Park for a mile long hike to a walk in campground. We spend the afternoon exploring the state parks beautiful trails. 

Saturday, August 24th: We will done our packs and head into Nordhouse Dunes for another night of camping shenanigans. 

Sunday, August 25th: Pack up camp and hike to our cars. Post Trail festivities will be had at a brewery on our way back to Grand Rapids. Estimated GR arrival is 5pm. 


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Click here to checkout the bio's for this trips leaders: Sam and Elizabeth!

This trip has a minimum guest requirement of 5 guests. If the guest requirement is not met after you have paid, you will receive a full refund. This trip is best suited for first time or beginning backpackers. We do require the use of some group gear, however if you'd like to use your own Sleeping bag, Backpack, and sleeping pad you can receive a discount of up to $30. Other personal gear may be used upon request. 


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