Back (again) by Unpopular Demand - AT Hike - Wind Gap - DWG

PLEASE NOTE THAT UNLESS THE ROADS ARE ICY, THIS HIKE WILL GO ON REGARDLESS OF WEATHER/TRAILCONDITIONS.....

We will meet PROMPTLY AT 8:30 am at the trail in Delaware Water Gap.  It's a 30 minute shuttle between trailheads.  Hike time will be about 6:30 - 7:00 hours, based on an OVERALL AVERAGE of 2.5 MPH.  This should put is back at the starting trailhead at approx 4:00 pm. 

Total milage for this hike is approximately 15.4 miles and part of this section of AT is very rocky.  We will be averaging 2.5 mph WITH BREAKS, which means the moving average will be faster.... Please only sign up for this hike if you have done a 12+ mile hike in the past.

This hike starts out with a 500 ft climb out of Wind Gap.  This is the biggest and steepest climb that we will have all day.. From here it is a relatively flat and rocky hike until the 1,100 foot descent into DWG. 

Post-hike celebration of Kim's completion of the PA portion of the AT and Lisa's Birthday at the Beer Stein in Wind Gap immediately following the hike IS A DEFINATE!!!!!!. (For those of you who don't know about the Beer Stein, it is a VERY HIKER friendly pub that allows thru-hikers to camp out back.  I like to try to give these types of businesses my money. The food is awesome and the beer is cold!!!!!)

 

 

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  • Tom P.

    Great hike and a fantastic job organizing by Mark. And good timing too, just in time to catch the spectacular view of the Delaware Water Gap followed by a moonlight hike through the rhododendrons.


    Lisa we did such a great job remembering to look for Seth's poles we forgot to get your coffee mug. And Mark, I have your directions and driver list. Do you want them back or should I recycle them?

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Lisa P

      Rats! I love that coffee mug! Enjoy it for now, but maybe we'll see each other on another hike soon...

      1 · February 10, 2014

    • Tom P.

      Lisa, I can bring it to a hike, just send me a reminder when you signup. Or I can drop it in the mail.

      February 13, 2014

  • Kimberly

    What a way to finish up the AT in PA. You all made my day. And I'm glad I wasn't the only one that found the conditions challenging. Even with great snowshoes it was exhausting. Let me just say though for those of you who missed the final stretch into DWG it was so beautiful coming down the mountain through the rhododendrons at twilight with all the city lights and the river down below. What a way to finish PA. I'm just so sorry it never occurred to me that the gang was waiting at the Beer Stein to celebrate. I would have loved that! You guys really do rock!! And Lisa I hope your birthday celebrations were memorable. You're a better woman than I am. I don't think I could have done it.

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Lisa P

      Congrats on the finish Kimberly! You're definitely the strong one! Hope to hike with you again soon!

      February 10, 2014

  • Becca

    I second all the previous comments; awesome hike Mark! The whole 15 would have been exciting to do, but taking that out at mile 8 and eating delicious food at the Beer Stein couldn't have been a better idea. Congrats Kim on finishing the AT in PA!!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • John S.

    A huge Thank You to Mark for leading this hike and apologies to all in the group for my running out of steam and slowing down the pace. Have done many 15+ mile hikes over the years but the combination a the extra winter/holiday pounds, taking several months off from hiking and the snowy trail just did me in. Will have to start rebuilding my conditioning with some shorter distances during these winter months. The staff and locals at The Beer Stein were great. I didn't order anything but the food that I saw come from the kitchen looked good however the beer selection was pretty anemic for a place called the Beer Stein. They did have that microbrew "PBR" however. ;-)

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Lisa P

    Mark, I still can't thank you enough for putting up with me on this hike. By far the hardest thing I've ever done. (and I'll remember to eat more frequently if I try something like this again!) Lol. I really enjoyed it though, and so nice to meet a few new people too! The photos are wonderful!

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Mark (.

      You did great!!!!!!

      February 10, 2014

  • Mark (.

    What a great hike everyone!!!!!!! I would ike to thank everyone for your cooperation with shuttling!!!!! I know some of you went out of your way as far as driving etc, and I REALLY appreciate it... I would also like to apolgize for those of you who went to the beer stein.. I never imagined you all would show up there.. we were exhausted when we hit DWG, so we grabbed a quick beer and dinner there..

    For those of you how didnt complete the whole hike, I will post a hike from 191 to DWG soon..You all wil have first crack at signing up (we may have to wait until they get that th parking cleared!!!!)

    Thank you all once again for an incredible awesome day!!! As Angela would say.. 'You guys rock!!!!!!!'

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Rich W

    Idk idk Seth. My blackberry is Terrible and I get impatient before
    it crashes. Lol. Andy who drove me back to wind gap took the
    poles to water gap. There were two cars at wind gap. Neither was
    a murano so I knew something was wrong. . I'm glad tou
    reminded me it was a murano. And oops. I think you all ha e a
    round of drinks waiting at the stein. I ran into Angela and her
    posse there. .

    February 9, 2014

  • Seth G (.

    Hard work but worth it.

    February 8, 2014

  • Mark (.

    the road up into the trailhead at the Delaware Water Gap is all ice.... we are going to meet at the Sycamore grill.. it is the exact same directions as before ... except when you hang a left on to 611 the Sycamore grill is on the left before you get the deer head in....... the parking is in the back.... please respond so I know you got this......

    February 8, 2014

  • Seth G (.

    Hey Rich, Hey Rich ... why do you always post twice, why do you always post twice, lol. I almost did not see the poles under my car and just about drove over them. I am not sure how you got them back to DWG, but thanks. The long haulers had a drink at the Sycamore Grill to celebrate Kimberly's achievement and a few of us stayed for dinner (awesome btw). The Beer Stein is still on my bucket list.

    had a great workout today & enjoyed meeting some new faces. Sorry I did not get to talk to some of you ... but I am sure we will meet again.

    February 8, 2014

  • Rich W

    Always a great group. The Beer Stein specials were awesome too. And the fireplace stove in the corner was nice and warm. I stopped even though I was fighting a last minute sinus thing. Thanks Seth for the hiking poles and snow shoes to try out. Mark planned another awesome hike , and the bail out point was perfectly placed, and excellently thought out with transportation to accomodate everyone.

    February 8, 2014

  • Mark (.

    Tentative shuttling plans -

    We will keep Seth's Matt's and my cars at DWG. (Seth and Matt - We will drive to the TH with Tom)

    We will drop off Lisa's and Andy's cars at 191 as bailout cars... (they will then ride with Tom as well)

    We will take Tom and Angela's vehicles to the trail head... I am waiting to hear from Connie Rich and John and will utilize their cars as needed...

    February 7, 2014

    • John S.

      Sorry Mark. I have a Pickup truck that can seat 5

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Mark (.

    I will be sending out a final email tonight, but just in case anyone is reading this board, I figured I would post here as well.

    Can you please indicate on this board, what kind of vehicle you will be driving and how many people (including yourself) you can drive. I am working on shuttle logistics.

    Also, for those of you worrying about whether or not you can do the whole 15 miles, as I was looking at the maps last night, I realized that we will be driving right past the trailhead on 191 on our way to our trailhead. I plan to drop one car off here as an emergency bailout point. This spot is about 8.5 miles into the trip. If anyone wants to opt to cut their hike short, let me know and we can use your car as the drop car....

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Angela

      Oh and will bring headlamps and I'm good with 15 as long as the carpoolers are cool with it! :)

      February 6, 2014

    • John S.

      Sorry Mark, just saw the email and post. I have a Chevy Pickup truck that seats 5, 6 if we really need to.

      February 7, 2014

  • Rich W

    I appreciate yourbsnow shoe offer Tom. I will be closern. To 240 geared up. Will they work lol.

    February 7, 2014

    • Seth G (.

      We'll give you the snowshoes, let you break the trail & make some nice deep craters for us.

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Rich W

      !!!! Hahaha. Putting a snowshoe newbie in front of you will be the o ly thing to slow you down on the trail.... Mr "Hikes like the wind..".

      February 7, 2014

  • Seth G (.

    I will bring an extra pair of poles if anyone needs them (one tip is missing but still helpful) and I can also let someone use my snowshoes part of the time. See you all tomorrow, looks like we have a nice group.

    February 7, 2014

    • Rich W

      I would borrow those poles. Been hiking without them so far.

      February 7, 2014

    • Rich W

      I would borrow those poles. Been hiking without them so far.

      February 7, 2014

  • Tom

    I was up on Blue Mountain yesterday hiking near Shartlesville. Make sure you bring microspikes, boot chains or crampons and hiking poles. Snow was about 8" deep with a 1" crust of ice. I post-holed @ 50% of my steps. Rotating lead hikers frequently as they break the snow is a good idea. We will be doing the same in Blue Marsh Saturday.

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • Mark (.

      Rich Snow shoes dont come in shoes sizes.. they are sized based on your weight... depending on how things are going i will let you try mine for a while....

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Tom P.

      Rich, I have an extra pair of LL Bean Winter Walker 26" snowshoes. They are supposed to be good for[masked] lbs. You are welcome to borrow those. It will be interesting to see if the spikes or snowshoes are better on the steep portions.

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Tom P.

    I'll be driving from Allentown in a 7 person mini-van. I'll be coming up 33 so I'll be going right through Wind Gap. I can either pick people up there or leave my van there and catch a ride to DWG with another driver.

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Mark (.

      For now plan on meeting at DWG... I'm going to drive past the 33 and 191 trailheads on my way up to see what the parking looks like.....

      February 6, 2014

    • Seth G (.

      ditto, love snow here too. Hua, I hope you get on this trip so I can return your stuff. I feel bad with you walking around with only one sock, lol.

      1 · February 3, 2014

    • Hua D.

      Ye, Seth, I hope too. Right now I am waiting if there was a "plan B" for my "Dolly Sods snow shoeing", because the snow system seems like to bypass the Dolly Sods this time, and they would get all the moisture by rain. The organizer might comeup a plan B to chtacing snow somewhere might be PA.

      February 3, 2014

  • Seth G (.

    Hey, I don't care what the thru hikers smell like as long as the beer is cold. I look forward to my first trip to the Beer Stein.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Rich W

    Anybody want to carpool from Reading burbs? I'm looking to ride with somebody.

    January 30, 2014

  • Rich W

    Anybody want to carpool from Reading burbs? I'm looking to ride with somebody.

    January 30, 2014

  • Jan H.

    Rocksylvannia at its best, As they say "they saved the best for last" went southbound from DWG last summer. Every step will be on a sharp pointed rock. You guys should consider to spent a night at the shelter and make it a two days trip

    January 27, 2014

    • Mark (.

      Yeah it's a bit rocky, but I've planned the hike to avoid the climb out of DWG so that will save us some time... In addition, the snow has covered a lot of the rocks which actually makes the hike easier.... We have been doing anywhere from 13 to 16.3 miles a pop, so I am confident these guys can handle it.. :

      1 · January 27, 2014

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