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Polar backpacking series continues

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With more than 4,000 miles of trail under her feet, including the well-known Pacific Crest and Florida trails, St. Charles County Park Ranger Abigail Chambers is more than qualified to teach hiking and backpacking skills. And she’ll do just that at the St. Charles County Parks Department’s “Polar Backpacking Series.” 

“I’ve hiked some of the most extreme trails in the country and traveled through the mountains, swamps, deserts, forests and on ice, to name a few,” said Chambers. “These unique experiences allow me to share the worldly sport of backpacking with others who also have a deep passion for nature and the environment around us.”

The Polar Backpacking series is open to participants age 12 and older the skills needed to tackle any winter backpacking excursion. The series continues with an extensive hikes through two of St. Charles County’s largest parks as well as an overnight campout. [Session No. 1 is already complete, but participation in it is not required to participate in Session No. 2 and Session No. 3; Session No. 3 does require participation in either Session No. 1 or Session No. 2.]

On Saturday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., participants will explore Matson Hill, 670 Matson Hill Road in Defiance. 

Before heading out on a 6-mile hike through the rugged, heavily forested 475-acre park known for its intense hiking and biking trails, Ranger Chambers will go over hiking gear essentials for winter backpacking. Participants are required to bring backpacking equipment to this session. The cost is $5 per person and pre-registration is required.

From 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 through 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, participants will have the opportunity to experience a winter campout at Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Road in Foristell. Participants will backpack 10 miles through St. Charles County’s largest park.

Backpacking equipment is required. Participants will not be able to attend this session unless they’ve attended one of the other sessions. Cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is required.                                                                                     

For questions or to register, call (636) 949-7535 or visit bit.ly/2020PolarBackpacking.  

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