My life as a hiker began just five short years ago, and most of my experience has been hiking solo. Usually, my friends in Louisiana are more apt to think of hunting and fishing when they hear the phrase “outdoor adventure”. For me, I would rather spend two or three days backpacking in the Kisatchie National Forest than sit in a deer stand all day.
I wanted to find like-minded people that I could talk about important topics with, such as base pack weight and whether alcohol or canister stoves were best. Searching around the interwebs one day, I stumbled upon the Louisiana Hiking Club website.
Looking over their website I saw that you could become a member online. I filled out the application and paid my $10 membership fee, which covers your entire household.
I was so excited to find some other people in Louisiana that loved to hike in this beautiful state.
The LHC meets the first Thursday of every month at the Bluebonnet branch EBR Library in Baton Rouge. Presentation topics are always interesting and include Louisiana master naturalists, local outdoor venders like the Backpacker, member hiking trips, and more.
Along with the monthly meeting, the LHC sponsors group hikes to different trails around our state, along with a couple in south Mississippi. These hikes are lead by experienced members and take place on the second Saturday of every month. Non-members can attend but this is limited. So just spend the 10 bucks and become a member already :) Check here for upcoming hikes.
The LHC has a large annual event known as Campfest, which is held at Lake Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, LA. This year the event will be March 3-5 and features hiking, vendors, paddling, food, gear demos and the increasingly popular "Ramen Noodle Cookoff"! This will be the first year I've been able to attend and I am very excited. I hope that next year my daughter will be old enough to come campout with me.
Even if you aren't the most avid hiker the LHC has members that belong to other outdoor recreation clubs such as mountain biking, paddling, and even master naturalists.
So do yourself a solid and come join us at our next meeting!