OK, here is the updated trip description.
We'll meet up Friday night, 6pm, 12/14, at the Kiss-and-Ride at Grosvenor, and drive out to the reserve, following this route:
Everybody in DC good with reaching this meet up spot?
With my car and Mike's, we'll have seven seats, so depending on how things go, we may need a third car at Grosvenor (I'll worry about that next week). It's about a three and a half hour drive, so we should arrive at the trailhead about about 9:30pm. Max, feel free to arrive early and walk in to the campsite--we'll be there just after 10pm, I reckon.
Once the DC crowd gets there, we'll park, walk about a mile in to the campsite on Snowbunny Trail, find Max, pitch shelters, and get some sleep. Do be prepared to walk in the dark, so fresh batteries for your headlamps!
Saturday morning, we'll get started on what is a crazy circumnavigiation of the Bear Run Nature Reserve. Essentially, we'll be doing a lap or two to get the miles in. Here is the trail map. I estimate that the total split will look like[masked] for about 21.5 miles for the weekend. A very easy weekend for us, and great for people new to the group. The terrain is supposed to be quite easy as well, with limited elevation change.
We'll wake early both days, walk most of the day Saturday, and enjoy a nice campfire Saturday night--bring your flasks. Sunday, again, we'll start fairly early so we can finish no later than 11am.
Our goal will be to reach this pub at noon on Sunday. After a meal and a pint, we'll head home.
This is a true beginner's trip--the first I've ever done for the group! At all points, we'll be fairly near the cars, so if something goes wrong, one can easily reach civilization. In fact, we'll be passing by the cars on Saturday!
Though the weather is predicted to be fairly mild for December, winter is not a good time to be pushing the boundaries in terms of being "ultra light." You need the appropriate weight equipment to stay warm and dry. If you have any questions or concerns about what you need, post below, or contact me.
I don't think there will be enough snow on the ground to impede our progress.
Given the fact that this is a beginner's trip, I'm fine taking a ninth and a tenth person. Obviously, alert me if your plans change.