Beginner to Advanced Backpacking Series: Level 3 – Base Camp

Jeremiah “Bullfrog” Pastor – AcadianX Expedition Leader

This is our level 3 event for our “Beginner to Advanced Backpacking Series” and will take place at one of the best trails in and around Louisiana. This is a learning event that features an introduction to backpacking and hiking lecture, a “Day Hike” through a local wilderness area where we put into action some of the basic skills that we will cover, and finally an overnight camping experience. This course is meant to test your endurance by engaging long distance and elevation changes while taking in some of the most beautiful vistas and wilderness scenery Louisiana has to offer.

The Course

Your guide will cover:

  • Backpacking Clothing
  • Backpacking Gear
  • Care and Maintenance

Events of the Day

We will start by backpacking our gear about a ½ mile down the trail to the campsite where we will then set up camp and go over the three topics in the lecture. We will then shuttle ourselves to the Caroline Dorman Trailhead and then day hike the 10miles back to the campsite. We will hike in 3-mile segments while taking breaks between each segment. A map of the route we will take is provided. Once we are at the campsite, we will then relax and enjoy the bayou so bring your swim trunks!

What you will need to bring for the Hike:

  • Baseplate compass
  • Good athletic shoes or hiking boots (waterproof preferred)
  • Water or sports drink
  • Snacks & a lunch
  • Small pack to keep your hands free
  • Your “10 Essentials” as covered in Level 1
  • Something to take notes on

What you will need to bring for the Campsite:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Meal for Dinner and Breakfast
  • Water
Downloadable Course Notes

Level 3 Base Camp Hike

Downloadable Gear Lists and Recommendations

AX Gear Checklist

AXU Clothing Recommendations 2020

AXU Gear Recommendations 2020

Downloadable Trail Map

Caroline Dormon Trailmap

Kisatchie Bayou Loop

Beginner to Advanced Backpacking Series: Level 2 – Day Hike

Jeremiah Pastor “The Bullfrog” – AcadianX Lead Adventure Guide

This is our level 2 event for our “Beginner to Advanced Backpacking Series”. This is a learning event that features an introduction to backpacking and hiking and a day hike through a local wilderness area where we put into action some of the basic skills that we will cover. Your guide will cover:

      • Planning Logistics
      • Route Planning
      • The “10 Essentials of Hiking”
      • Basic Backcountry Navigation
      • Wilderness Travel

We will spend about an hour going over the three topics followed by a 4.5 mile hike through the wilderness where we will reinforce the basics that were covered. We will hike in 3 mile segments while taking breaks between each segment. A map of the route we will take is provided. You will need to bring:

      • Good athletic shoes or hiking boots
      • Water or sports drink
      • Snacks & a lunch
      • Small pack to keep your hands free
      • Something to take notes on.

We will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Office Depot parking lot in North Lafayette next to the Tesla charging station, where we will then drive up to the trailhead. You can also choose to meet us at the designated trail head around 9:00 a.m.

Link to download the course document:

Level 2 Day Hike – Course Notes

Link to download the trail map:

Backbone Trail Map

Clark Creek Topo Map

Clark Creek Trail Map

Tunica Hills Trail A map

Tunica Hills trail B map

Tunica Hills WMA Map

Beginner to Advanced Backpacking Series: Level 1 – Afternoon Hike

Jeremiah Pastor “The Bullfrog” – AcadianX Lead Adventure Guide

This is our level 1 event for our “Beginner to Advanced Backpacking Series”. This is a learning event that features an introduction to backpacking and hiking and an afternoon hike through a local park where we put into action some of the basic skills that we will cover. Your instructor will cover:

      • The “10 Essentials of Hiking”
      • Basic Backcountry Navigation
      • Wilderness Travel – Basic Routefinding Skills

We will spend about an hour going over the three topics followed by a 3-mile hike through nature where we will reinforce the basics that were covered. A map of the route we will take is provided. You will need to bring:

      • Good athletic shoes or hiking boots
      • Water or sports drink
      • Snacks
      • Small pack to keep your hands free
      • Something to take notes on.

We usually meet under the large pavilion across from the Acadiana Park Nature Station Trailhead next to the roundabout.  See map for details.

You can download the course documents here:

Notes on How to Start Day Hiking

Level 1 Afternoon Hike – Course Notes

You can download the trail map here:

Acadiana Park Trail Map – Level 1