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Backpacking Tutorial

Posted on December 15, 2013 by Felicia D.

For the second phase of learning the project system a group made up of seven girls went on the backpacking trip.  We traveled to the Ice Age Trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest near Fond du Lac and hiked in the backcountry for four days. When we came back we decided to use this for our second phase project. We brainstormed and decided to make a tutorial video on how to pack, prepare, and plan for a backcountry backpacking trip.  Our goal is for this video to help future students when they are planning for a backcountry trip.

There will be three main parts to the tutorial. The first part of our video will cover how to effectively plan your food for a trip.  This section will explain how to plan meals with more variety and nutritional options. Secondly, we will explain the parts of a pack and where you should pack different things, along with what should be packed. That will include not only the clothes you need, but also other gear such as flashlight, pocket knife, notebook and pencil, etc.  The last section is Tips and Tricks, in this section each of the seven girls will give a few tricks that they learned along the trail.  These could include food tips, clothing tips, packing tips, or anything else we found helpful while camping.

Ultimately, we hope our video will help old and new campers alike to have a smooth and fun camping trip. See you on the trails.


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