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  1. Backpacking 101A Christian’s Guide to Backpacking

  2. Camp Otterbein United Methodist Church

  3. So, you are seriously contemplating a backpacking trip……. Great!!! So what do you hope to get out of this course?

  4. How to Choose a Backpack How to Choose a Tent Sleeping Bags and pads How to Choose the Right Shoes Water Filters What this Course Will Cover

  5. The Right Stuff – Clothing Stoves and Cooking Equipment Food Safety First And……

  6. So why call this a Christian Guide to Backpacking?

  7. Because like Backpacking, Christianity is a journey…..

  8. And with each topic covered, we try and relate it to your own Christian journey……..

  9. So….. Lets start!

  10. Perhaps one of the most important equipment decisions we make regarding backpacking is the piece of gear we actually put on our backs!

  11. External Vs. Internal External’s Advantages • more suited for established trails • usually allows for more ventilation • more weight can be carried comfortably and loads are directed more evenly upon the hips

  12. External Continued… • the self-supporting frame offers lots of areas to attach additional gear to

  13. External Vs. Internal Internal’s Advantages • more suited for rough trails • has a lower center of gravity allowing more balanced and delicate movement • closer, tighter fit allowing more arm movement

  14. Internal’s Advantages… • closer, tighter fit allowing more arm movement

  15. How to fit a Pack….. • 1st – measure your torso length

  16. In general, pack sizes correspond to the following torso lengths 14" to 15-1/2" = X-Small 16" to 17-1/2" = Small 18" to 19-1/2" = Medium 20" and up = Large

  17. Waste belt size is also important! 22" to 28" = Small 28" to 34" = Medium 34" and up = Large

  18. Capacity - Another important consideration of any backpack is its capacity • Shoulder Straps - A good quality pack has well designed adjustable padded shoulder straps.

  19. Insight Hebrews 12:1 ...”lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

  20. Questions for Discussion • Have you been carrying around “weight” you should not be? • What kind of stuff do you own that you think you could get rid of? • Does the type of stuff you own, define who you are?

  21. How to Choose a Tent

  22. Why carry a tent? • Considerations…. • During which seasons will you be using it? • How many people will be sleeping in it?

  23. Considerations…. • How much gear will it need to house? • How will you be transporting it?

  24. What to Look For • Go as light as possible!!!! • Aluminum vs. Fiberglass • 3 season vs. 4 • Rainfly

  25. Most tents use a combination of synthetic waterproofed fabrics and un-coated breathable synthetic fabrics made from nylon taffeta.

  26. Sizing a Tent….. 1 person 20 - 25 sq. ft. 3 lbs or less 2 Person 27 - 35 sq. ft. 4 lbs or less 3 Person 44 - 50 sq. ft. 6 - 8 lbs.

  27. Try it… you’ll like it (or not)! The care and feeding of your tent

  28. MOVIE

  29. Insight Isaiah 25:4 “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat....”

  30. Questions for Discussion • Have you ever had any storms in your life? • How has God helped you through these? • Did you get a little wet?

  31. Sleeping Bags and Pads

  32. Why you MUST use a pad!! • Insulation (warmth and moisture) • What is a good nights sleep worth?

  33. Considerations…. • Open Cell • Closed Cell

  34. Sleeping Bags • Synthetic • Down

  35. Down Where does it come from? What is fill power??

  36. Synthetic Where does it come from?

  37. Try it… you’ll like it (or not)! • Draft tube • Stitching • Zipper • Hood • Comfort Rating

  38. MOVIE

  39. Insight 1 Peter 5:8 charges us to, “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

  40. Questions for Discussion • Have you ever spent the night awake worrying? • How do we not worry? • How do we know we have done all that we can?

  41. The Right Shoes So…. you think you’ve found the perfect sole-mate.

  42. How do you know if it fits? • No slippage • Try walking on a step incline • Toe tapping • Don’t forget the socks!

  43. Important Considerations…. • Terrain • Duration of trip • Weight to be carried

  44. Shoes video

  45. Insight Ephesians 6:13-15 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

  46. Questions for Discussion • Can you feel a sense of peace in the midst of chaos? • Have you ever felt that you’ve slipped in you Christian walk? • Do you feel as if you have protective armor?