Hectic hike

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 5:37 AM
Solemates,
 
I'm under a huge crunch at work, but never let it be said that I missed an opportunity to write an email. This one will be short so you can celebrate.
 

This Sunday, June 22, we're headed to the Shenandoah National Park to do the Cedar Run/White Oak Canyon loop. This is one of the more popular hikes in the park because...well, come and see for yourself. It's a "gorgeous but strenuous 8.3 mile hike with 2800 feet of elevation gain goes through two of the steepest canyons [one that goes up, another that goes down] in SNP. We'll have spectacular views of waterfalls and cascades with several stream crossings. If weather permits, we'll also have the option of swimming at the base of the lower falls on White Oak." (That's what it says. Honest.)

 

The 2800 makes it a difficult hike (4 blisters), especially so because the elevation gain is in one ascent. That's like 2.5 Empire State Buildings. I think I'll take the elevator half way. (I'm kidding. The elevator doesn't stop half way.) Holly sit (please), my ears are popping! Bring lunch and lots of water. We'll meet at 8:30 AM at the Vienna Metro Station's North parking lot to carpool. Ray Evert and I will lead. If you have questions (they better be good ones), contact me.

 

I see several other hikes/events in our near future and I wanted to tell you about them, but I've run out o

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