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Backpacking Loops of Ohio

February 12, 2022 @ 1:15 pm

Jim Rahtz presents Backpacking Loops of Ohio;

Many backpackers dream of epic, once in a lifetime thru-hikes that take months to walk and cover thousands of miles. Rather than just dream, consider taking one of many great backpacking trails right here in Ohio. Options range from easy strolls to challenging 50+ mile hikes that travel through surprisingly impressive scenery. In addition, most of these 2-3 day hikes are loops, greatly simplifying logistics.


Jim Rahtz spent a career in park and recreation management in Ohio. Once retired, he followed the advice to “go take a hike” and rediscovered backpacking. In addition to backpacking every trail he could find in Ohio, he’s also thru-hiked several longer trails such as the Colorado Trail, Long Trail and Sheltowee Trace.

As a freelance writer and photographer, his work has won multiple awards; appearing in national publications and websites such as TheTrek.co, TrailGroove.com, The Boundary Waters Journal, Paddler and Camping Life. He is President of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and has written four books on backpacking.



February 12, 2022
1:15 pm
Event Category:


Endeavour B
Wright State Student Union