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Hello,
I am looking for a camping club or organization that individuals join to learn tent camping, traveling with a tent, hiking, etc. my daughter is wishing to take her Escape cross country, camping. I wish for her to get info and some experience closer to home, prior to making her first road trip cross country. So please share and club or group that may be of benefit for her to join, to help her grow in her camping knowledge!
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Don’t know how close an REI store would be but they may have some clinics but they also have bulletin boards with group info usually


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BarryG20,
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REI is a good place to start - they can provide knowledge on gear and such and help with basic skills. Then have her just start camping locally on her own until she's comfortable with her equipment and herself.

As a solo female camper and day hiker, a few tips I can offer her for the trip:

Make a basic itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with you. It may not be exact, but you will have an idea of her route and where she is likely to be.

A Garmin inReach is great to have for when she's hiking and/or in areas without cell coverage. Just an extra safety net.

Carry paper maps. The GPS doesn't help if you can't get a connection, and sometimes it can lead you astray and being able to verify against a paper map can keep you from going on a Great GPS Adventure.

When hiking, leave a note in the car detailing your clothing, planned trails and expectation of when you will return to the car. If something happens out on the trail, authorities can use that info to find you.


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toedtoes wrote:

REI is a good place to start - they can provide knowledge on gear and such and help with basic skills. Then have her just start camping locally on her own until she's comfortable with her equipment and herself.

As a solo female camper and day hiker, a few tips I can offer her for the trip:

Make a basic itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with you. It may not be exact, but you will have an idea of her route and where she is likely to be.

A Garmin inReach is great to have for when she's hiking and/or in areas without cell coverage. Just an extra safety net.

Carry paper maps. The GPS doesn't help if you can't get a connection, and sometimes it can lead you astray and being able to verify against a paper map can keep you from going on a Great GPS Adventure.

When hiking, leave a note in the car detailing your clothing, planned trails and expectation of when you will return to the car. If something happens out on the trail, authorities can use that info to find you.


just an FYI, you don't need an internet connection for the GPS to work. Use AllTrails, download the maps before you go, don't get lost. AllTrails even has an "off route" warning that works without WIFI

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propchef wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

REI is a good place to start - they can provide knowledge on gear and such and help with basic skills. Then have her just start camping locally on her own until she's comfortable with her equipment and herself.

As a solo female camper and day hiker, a few tips I can offer her for the trip:

Make a basic itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with you. It may not be exact, but you will have an idea of her route and where she is likely to be.

A Garmin inReach is great to have for when she's hiking and/or in areas without cell coverage. Just an extra safety net.

Carry paper maps. The GPS doesn't help if you can't get a connection, and sometimes it can lead you astray and being able to verify against a paper map can keep you from going on a Great GPS Adventure.

When hiking, leave a note in the car detailing your clothing, planned trails and expectation of when you will return to the car. If something happens out on the trail, authorities can use that info to find you.


just an FYI, you don't need an internet connection for the GPS to work. Use AllTrails, download the maps before you go, don't get lost. AllTrails even has an "off route" warning that works without WIFI
.

It doesn't use internet, but it does use satelite and if you can't get the satelite connection, then it can't identify your location.

When the gps leads you astray and you can't trust its directions, then a paper map lets you do it yourself.

GPS is great, but it does screw up at times and at those times you will be wishing you had a paper map.

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