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THE CLUB

The Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC) offers a range of hikes of various difficulty levels in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and beyond. The club also offers other outdoor events occasionally. NVHC members reflect the rich diversity of the Washington DC Metro area. Annual membership fee is $5. Guests are welcome and enjoy a month’s free participation in the club events. NVHC is a nonprofit organization. See the NVHC Hiker Guide under the "Pages" menu for more details.

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Members are required to accept the liability disclaimer by typing “Accept” in the fields presented when they join the club.

DIFFICULTY RATINGS

NVHC hikes are assigned difficulty ratings. A combination of linear distance and elevation gain is used to determine the rating, with 400 feet of elevation gain considered to be equivalent of 1 mile of linear distance. With the “miles” derived from elevation gain added to the linear distance, following are the ratings:

A: Difficult (13 miles or more, with linear distance and elevation gain “miles” added together)

B: Moderately Difficult (Between 10 and 13 "miles")

C: Moderate (Between 7 and 10 "miles")

D: Easy (Less than 7 "miles")

For example, a nine-mile hike with 1,000 feet of climbing would be rated B (9 + 2.5 = 11.5).

Elevation loss is not measured in this system. Also, the difficulty rating is separate from the pace of the hike, which is determined by the leader, and is usually specified in the individual hike descriptions.

RSVP ETIQUETTE

Often there are limits on the number of participants on NVHC events, set by our leaders. This creates wait lists on Meetup. If you find yourself in this situation, we request that you keep in mind the interest of the leaders and your fellow hikers, and follow the guidelines below:

- If you RSVP’d “yes” for a hike, change your RSVP to “no” as soon as you decide not to go, so that someone else can go.

- If you RSVP’d “yes” to overlapping events on the same day, decide on one as soon as possible, and change your RSVP to “no” for all others.

- If you are on a wait list and decide not to go, remove yourself from the list.

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NVHC Hike Ratings: D-Easy, C-Moderate, B-Moderately Difficult, A-Difficult

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Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Founded May 9, 2011

This Meetup is community funded

$5.00/year

Member dues are used to:
  • Cover Meetup costs
  • Have a reserve fund
  • Provide supplies or equipment
  • Hike organizers are compensated for scouting new hikes and for First Aid/CPR training that they may choose to take. Extra funds left may be contributed to trail maintenance organizations in the area like the Potomac Appalachian Trail Conference.

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