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 9.9 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.

Cost for this outdoor course and day hike is $45 and we will provide you with course notes and a map. We will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Target parking lot in North Lafayette 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

Ticket link:

Jeremiah Pastor Events | Eventbrite

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 4.5 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.

Cost for this outdoor course and hike is $20 and we will provide you with course notes and a map. You can purchase a ticket or you can bring your payment with you when you arrive. We will meet on the west side of the tennis courts under the small pavilion.

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

Ticket Link:

Jeremiah Pastor Events | Eventbrite

AcadianX Backpacking – Beginner to Advanced Trip Series

Jeremiah Pastor “Bullfrog” – AcadianX Lead Adventure Guide

Many have asked for small local trips so that they can break in their backpacking experience.  In order to answer that call we have developed a trip series designed to take a person with little to no experience and build them up through a progression of local trips that will get them backcountry ready.  The list below describes the different levels of each trip and how they are engineered to build you up.  We will schedule each trip in the near future and announce the tips through both our website and our social media accounts so stay tuned.

  1.   Level 1
    • Type: Afternoon Hike
    • Time: 1 – 2 Hours
    • Location: Acadiana Park, Moncus Park
    • Goals: Introduction to hiking
    • Distance: 2 – 4 miles
    • Cost:  $20
  2.   Level 2
    • Type: Day Hike
    • Time: 4 – 5 Hours
    • Location: Clark Creek
    • Distance: 4 – 6 Miles
    • Goals: Long distance hike with difficult terrain. Wilderness travel. Basic Navigation.
    • Cost:  $50
  3.   Level 3
    • Type: Overnight Camp (No weight)
    • Time: 4 – 5 Hours/Day for 2 days
    • Location: Kisatchie – Caroline Dorman Trail
    • Distance: 5 – 10 miles/day for 2 days
    • Goals: Long distance hike with introduction to campsite skills and gear. 
    • Cost:  $75
  4.   Level 4
    • Type: Overnight Camping (with weight)
    • Time: 4 – 5 hours/day for 2 days.
    • Location: Kisatchie – Backbone Trail
    • Distance: 3 – 5 miles/day for 2 days.
    • Goals: Backpacking with full loadout over moderate terrain. Primitive camping. Navigation.
    • Cost:  $75
  5. Level 5
    • Type: Long Distance Overnight Camping (with full weight)
    • Time: 6 – 8 hours/day for 2 days
    • Location: Chicot State Park
    • Distance: 10 – 12 miles/day for 2 days
    • Goals: Long distance backpacking with moderate terrain with full loadout.  Campsite skills. Navigation.  Wilderness Travel.  Trip Planning.
    • Cost:  $75
  6.   Level 6
    • Type: Multi-day Backpacking Trip
    • Time: 6 – 8 hours/day for 3 – 4 days
    • Location: Eagle Rock Loop or equivalent
    • Distance: 8 – 12 miles/day for 3 – 4 days
    • Goals:  Multi-day backpacking over difficult terrain.  Wilderness travel. Advanced navigation. Advanced Campsite skills.  Advanced trip planning.
    • Cost:  $150

Preliminary Trip Schedule for 2021

Jeremiah Pastor “Bullfrog” AcadianX Lead Adventure Guide

This is a preliminary list of possible trips AcadianX may take on in 2021.  This list is not set in stone but just a suggestion.  These trips will only happen if there are enough dedicated people to make it happen.  Usually about 3 people.  If you are interested in taking on one of these trips or have a suggestion for a trip you would like to take, please do not hesitate to let us know.  As usual AcadianX will provide a guide and handle all the planning and logistics leaving you with nothing to stress about except getting yourself ready and showing up.

Month of Travel Location Trip Type (Route)
February Everglades NP Paddling Trip (Wilderness Waterway)
March Death Valley NP Backpacking Trip (Telescope Peak, Cottonwood/Marble Canyon Loop)
April Olympic NP Backpacking Trip (Shi Shi Beach to Cape Alava)
May Yosemite NP Backpacking Trip (High Sierra Camp Loop)
June Kings Canyon NP or Sequoia NP Backpacking Trip (Rae Lakes or High Sierra Trail)
July Rocky Mountain NP or Maroon Bells Backpacking Trip (Teton Crest Trail or Northern Traverse)
August Grand Teton NP or Glacier NP Backpacking Trip (Teton Crest Trail or Northern Traverse)
September Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Paddling Trip (Lakeshore)
October Big Bend NP Backpacking/Paddle Trip (South Rim, Marufo Vega)
November Smoky Mountains NP Backpacking Trip