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Introduction to Wilderness Backpacking (8/26/2018)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Learn
Event Location: Dempsey Park
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 26 2018  10:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 25 2018 10:00:00 AM
Event Duration:3 hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Coordinator(s): Vitaly
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

According to results of sophisticated scientific polling, 99.937% (*) of TOC members would love to sign up for backpacking events if they only knew how to get started. This session is your chance to learn the basics and see how much fun backpacking can be! We will go over the following:

  • Physical conditioning
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Shelter systems
  • Food and water
  • Navigation, wildlife, sanitation and other important little details

I will bring all the equipment to demo and time-permitting even practice with.

This event is outdoors and will run in any weather, so dress accordingly. The park is small and has no facilities. Closest washroom is at North York City Center, about 5-10 mins away.

* lies, damned lies, and statistics

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
A way to take notes.
Lawn chair or just sit on the nice grassy hill in the shade.
Rain protection if it rains.
Sun protection if it's sunny.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

By Transit: Take TTC to North York City Center subway. Then walk 5-10 minutes to the park.

By Car: You can normally find free parking on the smaller side streets next to the park.

We will meet at the southwest corner of the park. Look for the guy with the large backpack.


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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!