Welcome to Dayton Backpacker Campfire!
Bring your family and friends to Dayton's original Backpacker Campfire, featuring adventure, nature and travel programs. Our programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. All programs are on Friday evening at 7:00pm and last about an hour. Coffee, tea and hot drinks served. Come join us! View/download our printable flyer.
Our 37th Season! Dayton Backpacker Campfire was started by Deck Hunter in 1979.
2015 - 2016 Schedule
October 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Program: National Parks and Monuments in Southern Utah
Presenter: Don and Nancy Drozd
The presentation my wife and I are giving is about our 3 week trip to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona in May & June 2014 when we visited 9 National Parks and Monuments. It was a combination of tent camping and every so often staying in a cabin at one of the National Parks. We drove from Dayton and all our gear fit reasonably well into our Honda Accord. For those who enjoy our great National Parks, if you haven’t been to Southern Utah yet, then a trip of this type is an absolute must for your bucket list.
November 13, 2015 - 7:00pm
Program: Antarctic Plunge - Tour of "Penguin Land"
Presenter: Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson will describe his two-week trip across the Antarctic Circle to the icy mainland. He encountered thousands of penguins, hundreds of seals and dozens of whales. Allen's hope to bring back a penguin chick were thwarted when the guide removed the chick from Allen's backpack.
December 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Program: The Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota
Presenter: Andy Niekamp and Yvonne Entingh
Join us for a photo journey on the not-so-well-known Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail is a footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's North Shore. Our 270 mile, 21 day backpacking trek, took us from the remote Canadian border south to bustling Duluth in wolf, bear and moose country through spectacular scenery of wild rivers, cascading waterfalls and beautiful vistas of the lake the Ojibwe called Gitche Gumee.
January 8, 2016 - 7:00pm
Presenter: Randy Rapin
13 days in China. In October of 2014 I traveled to Huangshan, Beijing, and the Jinshanling Great wall. I wanted to see the rustic areas of the great wall. If you want to see what the great wall looks like in 2014 after 1,000 years of disrepair then come and share my experience. Built over 2,200 years ago. It is still a magnificent site.
Check out this fine program by Adventurer Amy Purdy on the same night, same time at The Adventure Summit.