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New Meetup: DCMM Extreme Dayhike

From: TaniaP
Sent on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 8:41 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Mountain Madness!

What: DCMM Extreme Dayhike

When: Saturday, April 17,[masked]:30 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

I have shamelessly stolen this from DC Extreme Dayhikers, but as a group of crazy hikers (as in crazy fast and just crazy mental), they rocked.

The most I've done is just over 22 miles and it didn't have nearly this much elevation gain.

This hike will HURT.

Do NOT RSVP if you are at all unsure about your ability to finish it.

The hike will start at 7:30 at the trailhead -- we should have plenty of daylight by April, but bring your headlamp just in case. We'll arrange carpools as the date approaches.

Anyway, here goes (with an appreciative nod to Tom H., who wrote the following):

This circuit hike amounts to 25,6 miles and is entirely contained in the Shenandoah National Park North District. We will start early and get to work on a series of trails which include long, flat stretches and two shorter down-and-ups with significant elevation loss and gain, in order to provide an opportunity for solid physical training.

We will gradually ascend to Skyline Drive via the Mt. Marshall trail, follow briefly Skyline until we can access the Appalachian Trail itself, which we will follow for almost six miles. Upon leaving the AT, we will jaunt down the steeper Browntown trail, do an about face at the Park boundary, and retrace our steps back up the hill. From there, we cross over the AT onto the gradual Bluff Trail. We remain on this path until we come upon the short, but very steep Big Devils Stairs Trail, again descending rapidly down to the Park boundary, turning around and marching back up. From here, rejoining the Bluff Trail, it's all downhill. The Bluff Trail ends at the Mt. Marshall Trail, which brings us back to the car.

This is a relatively long hike with decent elevation change, so please come prepared with sufficient food and water. The two short and steep trails are no easy stroll, so be ready to test yourself. We'll start early, in order to hydrate and refuel when appropriate, all while attaining the goal of finishing the hike. As always, bring a headlamp for good measure.

Here's the overview:

Mt. Marshall Trail: 5,7 mi
Skyline Drive: 0,3 mi
Jenkins Gap Trail: 0,1 mi
Appalachian Trail: 5,7 mi
Browntown Trail: 2,3 down & 2,3 up
Bluff Trail: 1,6 mi
Big Devils Stairs: 1,6 down & 1,6 up
Bluff Trail: 2,2 mi
Mt. Marshall Trail: 2,2 mi

Total Distance: 25,6 mi
Total Elevation Change: ca. 10.500'
Estimated Duration @ 2,5 mph tempo: ca. 10 hours (APPROXIMATION!)
Drive Time from Centreville: ca. 1 hour Directions to Trailhead from Centreville

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