Backpacking takes you to places where cell phone service stops — wild and undeveloped places, where the only running water comes from a stream. When you leave your vehicle behind, you get access to natural areas you simply can’t see otherwise. At OutdoorX, get tips, gear fittings, safety advice, and other essential wisdom to start your next backpacking adventure.

Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM

Try backpacking, relax in a hammock, get a pack fitting and more in the Osprey Backcountry Zone.

Do you know what it’s like to hike a long day and sleep soundly under a star-shot sky, far from street lights and car noise? Join a community of kindred backpacking spirits at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience through a variety of backpacking-related activities.

Learn Skills and Try Backpacking
Want to learn how to throw a bear bag, pack your backpack, set up camp or select the perfect campsite? BoothThroughout the event, Osprey Packs, Leave No Trace, Exped, Red Bud Suds, Buckeye Dutch Oven Society, K & G Bike Center, and Great Miami Outfitters staff will host instructional clinics as part of the Outdoor School.

At the top of each hour, visitors can join a packfitting and “try” backpacking by carrying a backpack, with a variety of weights to choose from, along the custom Osprey Backpacking Loop.

The service-oriented staff of Great Miami Outfitters are there to help you learn the skills you need to get on the trail.

Osprey Packs Backpack Fittings
Find your pack AND your fit in the Osprey Backcountry Zone’s Atmos Anti-Gravity Fit Station. Share good times, talk gear and get fitted by the friendly Osprey Packs event crew.

Enjoy a Campfire and Hammocks
Chill out around the campfire and test out an alternative way to backpack with the Grand Trunk hammock lounge, provided by Great Miami Outfitters.

Learn Backcountry Skills
Visit the Outdoor School to learn about navigation skills, camp cooking and more.

After OutdoorX

Five Rivers MetroParks offers diverse opportunities for exploring our region on foot while carrying everything you’ll need on your back. Venture out on the rugged terrain of the 22-mile Twin Valley Trail (TVT) or take a short or long adventure along some of the county’s 20 miles of Buckeye and North Country trails, two long-distance trails that come together through five MetroParks.

Learn more about backpacking in your MetroParks.

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