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Backpacking Fundamentals with Reach Your Summit

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:45am
CFPA Headquarters
16 Meriden Rd. (Rt 66)
Middlefield, Connecticut 06481
Event Type: 
All are welcome
Event Description: 

Join CFPA and Reach Your Summit for this interactive presentation. Whether you are new to backpacking or a seasoned trekker, you'll learn what is necessary to pack physically and mentally for 3-season trips here in New England and beyond. Enjoy a show-and-tell of gear and learn tips on how to pack a backpack, campsite selection, efficient hiking, lightweight alternatives, and more drawn from Mat's personal experience out on the trails and in the mountains.

Also, bring your own pack and gear to receive personalized advice on your gear needed for a weekend backpacking trip, long-distance thru-hike or section hike!

The presenter, Mat Jobin, is the founder, owner, and guide for the adventure travel company Reach Your Summit. As a guide since 2010, Mat has led hundreds of trips for individuals, business groups, and families, taught outdoor fitness classes, given public speeches and has been an outdoor adventure guide for a World-Class five-star destination spa and luxury property. He holds a safety certification in Wilderness Medicine and First Aid, Kayak Water Rescue, and CPA/AED for The Professional Rescuer. He is also a former Boy Scout.

He has completed or hiked a considerable way on long-distance trails, including:

​- The Appalachian Trail
- Long Trail
- New England Trail
- Pacific Crest Trail
- John Muir Trail
- Midstate Trail
- The Pemi-Loop
- Presidential Traverse
- Bay Circuit Trail

And has backpacked extensively in areas, including:

​- Glacier National Park
- High Sierras
- Cape Breton Highlands
- Green Mountains
- White Mountains
- Taconic Mountains
- Berkshires
- Catskills
- Rocky Mountains
- Cheaha Wilderness

For more information, blog posts, trip offerings & rates or to begin booking your own private trip with Mat, please visit Reach Your Summit

This event is co-sponsored by Connecticut Forest & Park Association and Reach Your Summit.



Inclement Weather: 
Rain or Shine
Registration Fee: 
RSVP Requirement: 
RSVP required
For Questions, Contact: 
Mat Jobin, Reach your Summit

Reach Your Summit is committed to getting you out into the mountains or onto the trails and water, where you can achieve your optimal self. Their mission is to help foster leadership skills, team building, growth in self-confidence and promote health, fitness, environmental awareness, and conservation through outdoor educational experiences. They offer a wide range of diverse, private guided and fully customized outdoor trips and lessons year-round in New England. You can also join a group on one of their special events. They work with all skill levels and abilities, helping you or your group achieve your goals while minimizing risks.

Rediscover yourself, reconnect with nature and explore the great outdoors with us today!