To many, going from a hike at a local Metro Park to an overnight trip somewhere more remote seems like an impassable chasm. It shouldn't. People right in your own backyard are eager to help you get started.

To many, going from a hike at a local Metro Park to an overnight trip somewhere more remote seems like an impassable chasm. It shouldn't. People right in your own backyard are eager to help you get started.

Continuing its weekly series of free Tuesday night classes and clinics, Clintonville Outfitters will host Intro to Backpacking, a great forum for beginners looking to take their first self-sufficient trip this summer. The event will cover dos, don'ts, packing tips and gear basics. It's a highly interactive evening, so you'll have plenty of chances to pose questions to people who spend their lives outside.