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 36th Season! Dayton Backpacker Campfire was started by Deck Hunter in 1979.

2014 - 2015 Schedule

October 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: Park Trek - 125 miles. 18 MetroParks. 7 days

Presenter: Angie Sheldon

Description: Angie and Shane know that most Miami Valley residents are familiar with Five Rivers MetroParks and have been to at least one facility; however, many people are not aware of just how many parks there are or where they are located throughout the county. This is why they decided to do something to raise awareness about the park system and educate the public about the fantastic albeit untapped resources to which they have free access. Come follow their journey as they hike throughout the region showcasing all Five Rivers MetroParks has to offer. Their hike covered over 120 miles in 7 days, touching 18 MetroParks.

November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: Travels in Newfoundland

Presenter: Ron and Elizabeth Drozd

Description: The entire time we travelled through Newfoundland Penny and I kept saying to ourselves, "This island is every bit as beautiful as the state of Maine but there are no crowds to spoil it". Newfies are remarkably friendly and they take pride in that personal characteristic. If you don't live in NFLD their expression for you is that "you're from away". The fishing villages along the coast are not tarted up for tourists but still cater to the working fisherman. Gros Morn National Park is a World Heritage Site and quite a magnificent natural wonder. Come see pictures of puffins, icebergs, viking villages, and more from this Canadian province.

December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

Program: Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, The Cable Route!

Presenter: Abel and Lisa Hernandez

Description: The Half Dome cable route is one of the most challenging hikes in Yosemite National Park. You can only take this route if you have a permit and permits are only by lottery. In this presentation, we will discuss the lottery process, speak about the Sequoias at Mariposa Grove, talk about camping in the Sierra National Forest area, share about the 11 hour, 18 mile Half Dome round trip hike, and how to prepare for the Half Dome cable route. The presentation will be accompanied by a PowerPoint with plenty of pictures of what to anticipate along the route and at the cables.

January 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Presenter: Lucy Sánchez

Description: Join Lucy on this 220 mile journey from Yosemite National Park, through the beauty of the Sierras, to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48. Part solo hike, part journey with her sister, a first time backpacker, Lucy will discuss not only the spectacular scenery, but logistics and experiences on the trail from those two perspectives.

1/14/2015 Update: A large audience is expected for this program. Arrive early to get a good seat. It may be standing room only. The True Heights parking lot will fill up. You may park in the street, at the church on the left and at Tim's Pharmacy. Please do not park along the building at Tim's Pharmacy. Save these parking spots for their customers. If you park at Tim's Pharmacy please use the spots on the perimeter of the lot.

February 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: Bicycling from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.

Presenter: Mike and Vickie Staley

Description: You are welcome to join us on our 335 mile bicycle adventure from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. The trail starts on the Great Alleghany Passage, travels through train tunnels and over the Eastern Continental Divide. In Cumberland, Maryland the trail transitions to the C&O Canal National Historical Park. We carried all of our gear on our bikes and stayed in a combination of backcountry campsites, hotels and a hostel.

March 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: Climbing Mount Everest: Tibet to Base Camp at 17,200 feet.

Presenter: Allen Johnson

Description: Allen will describe his round the world adventure which took him to the Great Wall of China, Mount Everest Base Camp, Potala Palace in Lhasa; Tibet, Kathmandu Nepal; Taj Mahal in Agra India, swimming in the Persian Gulf in Qatar and the Queen's Garden Party in London.

April 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: Rim to Rim on the Grand Canyon's North Kaibab to Bright Angel Trails

Presenter: John Riggins

Description: This was a 5 day / 5 night Rim to Rim backpacking trip covering 25.5 miles (Not including side hikes) through the Grand Canyon in July, one of the hottest months in the Southwest United States. Starting in the mild weather on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, through the extreme temperature changes that the Grand Canyon in July supplies. Desert backpacking can test a person's stamina yet, provide some of the most breathtaking views on Earth.

New location! This program will be held at True Heights new location at 3253 Seajay Drive, Beavercreek, Ohio 45430.

May 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia

Presenter: Steve Areen

Description: Steve will show photos of his recent extended hike on the Overland Track. The Overland Track is one of Australia's most famous bush treks, situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania. More than 8000 walkers each year complete the track. Steve hiked over 50 miles over the course of 7 days. Also, Steve will talk about volunteering when traveling. One of the newest movements worldwide is referred to as WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). This is wonderful way to travel the world!

New location! This program will be held at True Heights new location at 3253 Seajay Drive, Beavercreek, Ohio 45430.