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The other Prince William

From: Mike
Sent on: Monday, September 27, 2010 10:08 AM

Wondering Wanderers,


It’s been a while since I’ve emailed all of you (try not to cheer so loudly), but we’ve been very busy with some great trips to Delaware Water Gap and a backpack to Shenandoah. Both were full, so there was no point in wasting more electrons. (And need I remind you unnecessarily what I think of unnecessary reminders?)

·         DWG pictures:

·         BP Pictures:


If you missed out and would like to do something interesting and outdoorsy this weekend, come to the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter's Annual Gathering. It’s a great opportunity to learn about world, national, and local environmental issues, and maybe become involved yourself.


The weekend will packed with interesting activities and (really!) great food throughout, and features Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, as the keynote speaker. Activities include speakers and special guests, demonstrations and workshops, and live music. We’ll stay in cabins in National Park Service’s Prince William Forest Park, south of, but not far from DC. Did I mention great food? I forgot.

·         PWF Park:

·         Cabin Camp 5:


Outdoor activities include a Friday evening stroll led by me, a Saturday afternoon 5-mile hike, led by Paul Elliott, and a Sunday morning early-bird birding walk, led by Rob Anderson. Aspiring outings leaders may be interested in the Saturday afternoon leadership course ($10) taught by Liz Guertin and a American Red Cross Basic First Aid course ($50) on Sunday morning.


Full registration (adult $90, child $45) includes two nights' housing in cabins, all food, and all events (except training); one-day registrations, with and without overnight accommodations, are also available. Check the Virginia Chapter's website (link is below) for updates and registration form, or contact Chapter Outings Chair, Joe Apple, [address removed].






Upcoming Comeuppance:

(Note that for events needing reservations, you need to contact me directly, not use the Meetup RSVP.)


Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10. Pine Creek Area. (Trip) 3-days of hiking and wandering around during peak color season in PA’s “Grand Canyon” area, includes 3 nights in vacation cabins. I’m pretty sure this is filled at this point, but feel free to ask.


Sat, Oct 16, Catlett Mountain circuit. (Difficult, 4 blisters) Moderate-to-fast paced 11 miles with 4700 elevation change and spectacular fall foliage, with several stream crossings and ruins to check out.


Sun, Oct 17. Northern Rock Creek Park. (Easy, 2 blisters) Mid-day hike of the north part of Rock Creek Park in Washington DC, includes Civil War fortifications, a poetic cabin, glorious fall colors, and discussion of the creek’s problems.


Sun. Oct 17. Fall General Meeting of Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings. (Meeting) Features discussions of issues and upcoming events, special presentations, and a pot-luck lunner (lunch/dinner). Leaders, prospective leaders, participants of SCPRO outings, and the public are invited.


Sat, Oct 23. Halfmoon Mountain. (Difficult, 4 blisters) Late-day hike (10 mi., 4,900’ el. change) around Halfmoon Mountain (GWNF, WV) with spectacular overlook, rocky trails, stream crossings, mud, but good company. Limited attendance, so you must RSVP.


Sun, Nov 7. Gettysburg Battlefield Hike and Ghost Walk. (Moderate; 3 blisters) Afternoon historical hike of the battlefield, followed by ghost walk, and dinner. By reservation only.

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