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Presenters Amber & Kelby Dierking

Presenter Names: Amber and Kelby Dierking

Presentation Title: Backpacking with Young Children

Presentation Description:

Prior to starting our family, we enjoyed multiple backpacking trips each year. Determined to continue the adventures, we planned a 10 day hybrid backpacking and frountcounty camping trip to Shenandoah National Park with family friends and their 4 year old, our 2 year old, and our youngest tagged along in the womb. We took longer to pack for our first 2 night shakedown than we did to pack for a 22 Colorado River Expedition a few years before, but planning and preparation was refined with practice. Join us to hear about our shakedown trips and Shenandoah hike and how our packing and gear selection evolved along the way.

Presentation Title: 23 Days Paddling the Colorado River

Presentation Description:

Join us to hear the story of our February Honeymoon spent paddling the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with our twelve closest friends. We’ll share beautiful pictures, funny stories, and details on trip logistics including the permit system and equipment outfitting.

Presenter Biography:

Amber and Kelby Dierking are outdoor adventure enthusiasts who make getting outdoors a priority whether its on extended trips and expeditions or evening hikes in local MetroParks. After embarking on the adventure of parenthood, the planning and scope of getting outdoors has shifted, but the joy of recreating in the outdoors has only increased.