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Transition from walking to hiking.
Hi, there! Just found out that there's a hiking opportunity in this meetup on the very first day of the year! I would love to join it:):)
We are a very active social hiking group full of diverse people who enjoy hiking with others while exploring a variety of trails throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) enjoys Mother Nature’s diversity as well as our members and ALL are welcome to join. Our focus is on camaraderie and safety while having a ton of fun out on the trails - so a sense of humor is a must! MAHG also offers many opportunities to give back by maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting and/or participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events. MAHG offers classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, Wilderness First Aid, and offer our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an thriving outreach program to help with the task of educating others (with a focus on youth) regarding the importance of taking care of our trails and overall environment. MAHG hikes are led by members of our leadership team consisting of well qualified and credentialed volunteers. Whether you are a newbie, or a very seasoned hiker, we are sure to have a hike for you on our very active, varied, and full calendar of opportunies for you to come unplug with us and get out with nature and on the trails.
WARNING — Our calendar is very active all four seasons and may become addictive and beneficial to your health — Come Unplug with MAHG!
Why We Hike — To have good times and make friends while enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. As long as you are interested in hiking, then Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is the group for you. Whether you are looking to hike to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise up to the challenge of a 40+ mile ultra hike, we have a hike for you. Remember, we were all newbies once and we enjoy introducing others to hiking. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s hikes are a great way to relieve stress, enjoy some exercise, and “unplug" while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
When We Hike — We do it the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year ‘round and average 20 hikes each week. Get your mind out of the gutter 'cause we are talking about hiking here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after work hikes.
Where We Hike — Anywhere within the Mid-Atlantic region. Our hikes range from very easy social sneaker hikes on paved paths along gentle streams and clear lakes, to very strenuous, steep climbs and rock scrambles to mountain summits. We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend. Additionally, we have cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group was featured on the front page of the weekend section of The Washington Post newspaper!
How We Hike — With safety and camaraderie in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! As a recreational hiking group, we will not leave anyone behind and we limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy the environment. Hiking in large groups is not fun for you or anyone else on the trail or our leadership team. Giving back is important to us and our members and we pledge to practice Leave No Trace (LNT) outdoor ethics and are a fully vested partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. We are also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society and also participate in the "Adopt and Acre" program in the Appalachian Mountains offered through The Nature Conservancy. MAHG frequently offers volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community building events, so we welcome you to come on out and join us in making a difference in our parks, community, and the overall environment.
Who Should Join — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy (but hopefully you don't want to be or we just might have a problem with this one), recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive speed hiker, this is a group for you. We do more than embrace our diversity — we thrive on it!
I hope to see you on the trail soon and let's have good times!
The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Leadership Team and Officers