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 35th Season! Dayton Backpacker Campfire was started by Deck Hunter in 1979.

2013 - 2014 Schedule

November 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Program: Hiking from Falmouth to Plymouth on the Coastal Path in England

Presenters: Jill Buzzard and David Raum

Description: Hiking the Southwest Coastal Path in Cornwall, England. The ups and downs of a hike from Falmouth to Plymouth.

December 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Program: Jogging Around Hawaii

Presenter: Allen Johnson

January 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: The First Through-Hike of the Ohio to Erie Trail

Presenter: Andy Niekamp

Description: In April of 2013, Andy Niekamp set out on a hiking journey on the Ohio to Erie Trail from the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland. The Ohio to Erie Trail is 325 miles long and is primarily a bicycle route. It is the only trail linking Ohio's three largest cities: Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The goal of his hike was to demonstrate that Ohio's bikeways can be hiked as well as bicycled. His presentation will take you on a foot journey through Ohio on the first ever end to end hike of the Ohio to Erie Trail with beautiful photos of countryside, small towns, big cities and Amish country.

February 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: Backpacking in Glacier National Park

Presenter: Joel Timmons

Description: My journey through Glacier National Park was centered on being the lucky recipient of the most coveted backpacking permit in the park; the 50 mile Northern Loop. This loop is popular as it includes all dynamics of the park from mountain tops to valley floors with fascinating changes in flora and vegetation as one ascends and descends on steep hills and ridges created by glacier melt. This 6 day, 5 night journey included many wonders and challenges which we will share in this photo documentary.

March 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: Enhancing European Travel with Day Hikes and Biking

Presenter: Randy and Marilyn Durrum

Description: European travel offers many opportunities to get away from the tourist crowd and enjoy spectacular natural and historical vistas. Our presentation will cover biking in Ireland and Belgium as well as moderate-level hikes in Italy (Capri, the Amalfi Coast, the Dolomites and Cinque Terre) and Wales (portions of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path). We will show how we took advantage of circular routes and public transportation on our excursions.

April 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: Winter Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Presenter: Jim Swaney

Description: We have three seasons: July, August and Winter. You may have heard this, half jokingly, from someone in Montana or Alaska, but it really does apply to Rocky Mountain National Park's high country. This program consists of photos and stories of favorite (mostly snowshoe) wintery hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park from September to June.