Blissful Hiking Offers Backpacking Workshops!

All Day Intensive Backpacking Workshops

NOTE - Our all day workshop has been postponed until the FALL of 2017!

Blissful Hiking conducts all or half day backpacking workshops for groups. Great for Scouts, outdoor groups, hiking clubs, college groups, church groups, Meet Up Groups, etc. Women specific backpacking workshops can also be given. Reasonable rates. See below for sample workshop info and demonstrations we offer to your group. Email us for more information and fees: 


Get on our email list for the FALL date for our all day workshop near Shenandoah:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
American Legion Hall
636 Madison Road
Stanardsville, Virginia 

(Near beautiful Shenandoah National Park!)

Learn all the ins and outs of backpacking, whether you are planning your first outing, a weekend or a long distance adventure. For novices as well as backpackers who want to update their knowledge base and learn new techniques.

Topics include planning your adventure, dissecting a backpack, essential gear, food and cooking, first aid, and much more. Tent and gear displays, sample literature table, opportunity to network with fellow hikers. Just 15 minutes from the Swift Run Gap entrance to the beautiful Shenandoah National Park. Get ready for the upcoming spring and summer hiking season and make your hiking dream come true! The seminar includes classroom and outdoor instruction. Seating is limited so act now.

**NEW Service** - Individual pack shakedowns. Bring in your full backpack and we will analyze it, cut unnecessary weight plus offer suggestions on gear and packing. VERY LIMITED slots for this service. This will occur at noon during lunch and directly after the workshop concludes. Sign up for this service when you sign in at the registration booth. $10 extra for this service, payable at the door.   

Comments from past participants - 

"Good value"
"Real life experiences and stories help put things in perspective"
"So much information"
"The speakers are very experienced and happy to help. They will honestly answer any questions you have."
"Great opportunity to learn about so many topics concerning backpacking."

Lodging Options


Lauralee Bliss (trail name Blissful) is a two-time Appalachian Trail long distance hiker (2007, 2010-2011) and current AT section hiker, Long Trail (2012), Shenandoah 500 (2014), Foothills Trail (2104), Allegheny Trail thru hiker (2015), ridgerunner for Shenandoah National Park ('13 to present), published author and speaker. Lauralee has conducted presentations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), Shenandoah National Park, REI Stores, Appalachian Long Distance Hiker's Association (ALDHA), the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), libraries and school groups. Founder of the popular Facebook groups Appalachian Trail Section Hikers and Shenandoah National Park Hikers. 

Steve Bliss (trail name Papa Bliss) has hiked in every state along the Appalachian Trail as well as numerous trails in Virginia and West Virginia. An assistant with the local Venture Crew leading kids into the woods, Steve is also an avid hammocker. He will teach on cooking and water purification as well as hammocking and bear bagging. 

Workshop Outline

8:00 - 8:30 – Registration. (Register also for an individualized pack shakedown, limited number of slots at noon and after the meeting - $10 extra fee, payable at the door), meet and greet over coffee and muffins

8:30 - 9:30 – Welcome, Information. “I Dream of a Backpacking Trip” – multimedia overview of the mental aspects of planning and preparing for backpacking

9:30 - 9:45 – Break

9:45 - 11:45 – “Dissecting a Backpack” – what gear to take on a trip, how to fit, pack, and carry a backpack, much more. Dissect "Lucky Larry's" backpack - a hit with past participants! Demonstration and multimedia

11:45 - 12:30 – Lunch and conversation with fellow hikers. (Individual pack shakedowns by appointment only)

Demonstrating bear bagging technique 
12:30 - 1:30 – First Aid and Safety– blisters, injuries, hypothermia, insects, first aid kits, hiker safety issues

1:30 - 3:15 – Food, Stoves and Cooking, Water Systems, Bear bagging - including
displays and outdoor demonstration (weather permitting)

3:15 - 3:30 – Break

3:30 - 4:30 - Tents and Sleep Systems - including displays, demonstration, and multi media  

4:30 - Wrap-up, Questions, Evaluation, individual pack shakedowns by those who made an appointment (participants can stay and watch the process)

Demonstrating water purification and cooking

Registration Details

Cost: $45 per person for the all day workshop, materials, and break refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to trail organizations including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and PATC.

Optional Pizza Lunch (includes pizza, salad, drink, and cookie): $5 per person  (Note: Gluten free and Vegan option are not available)

To Pay via Paypal (credit card) for the Workshop 

Registration WITH Lunch  - $50    

Registration Without Lunch - $45    

To Pay By Mail via Check or Money Order (must be postmarked by March 4th) - Make checks payable to Lauralee Bliss and mail to:

Lauralee Bliss
396 Morning Glory Rd
Ruckersville, VA 22968

**IMPORTANT  - For EACH Registrant - COPY the following form in the body of your e-mail and fill out completely. E-mail the form to:  blissfulhiking(at) (you may also send this along with your check if paying by mail)

Registration Form for the Workshop





Backpacking experience, if any?

What questions do you hope to have answered at the workshop?

If buying the lunch, pizza preferences?

Questions? Email -  blissfulhiking(at)gmail(dot)com

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Sponsored in part by Venture Crew 174 and the American Legion Post 128

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