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The long and short of it

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 1:40 PM



Our next hike is this Saturday, April 11! There will be two concurrent hike options – short (difficult) and long (more difficult) -- along the C&O Canal to Harpers Ferry, with a turn-around point at the Bolivar Community Center, the One Day Hike's end point.


The route affords some of the most beautiful views of the Potomac, and of birds, other wildlife, and flora (I almost forgot about pretty flora), all far for the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. You’ll also get to spend some time in beautiful historic Harpers Ferry, toughen your feet, lose weight, and maybe learn how to deal with adversity. And the frozen custard! My God, the frozen custard! (Not the last stand.)


Long Option: Long hikers -- the (ahem) well-heeled among us -- will start at Point of Rocks and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (28 mi.; 5.8 blisters), with the option of going up to 3.2 mi. past the start before returning (for up to 34.4 mi.; 7 blisters). To carpool, meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station's Park & Ride open-air lot (in back of garage; at 7 am, or in parking lot along the towpath at Point of Rocks ( by 8:15 am. Glenn Gillis will lead with the help of a bike, which proves that he's sane.


Short Option: Short hikers will start at Brunswick and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (14.2 mi.; 2.8 blisters), with the option of going to Point of Rocks (21.1 mi.; 4.2 blisters). To carpool, meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station's Park & Ride open-air lot (in back of garage; at 8:45 am, or in parking lot near the towpath under the MD 17 bridge in Brunswick ( by 10 am. Mike Darzi (that's me) will lead.


For directions to the Metro or to either trailheads, contact me ([address removed]). For problems on hike day, try my cell phone [masked]).


This hike (both options) is a Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings event. Although it is part of a series of training hikes to prepare for the One Day Hike on April 25, everyone is welcome, regardless of plans for doing the One Day Hike.






Up (Down) and Coming (more info later):


- Saturday, April 18 (1-3 pm), Class Act III, What to Eat on a Backpacking Trip: Basics of food planning and how to cook it in the wilderness. To register, contact Liz Guertin([address removed]; 202/[masked]); the cost ($10) is payable by check or PayPal. You must be 16 or older. Rated 2.3 burps.


- Saturday, April 25, One Day Hike: Painful 100km (12 blisters) and 50km (6 blisters). If you're not registered, you're lucky and it's too late. If you'd like to volunteer, it's not too late; just let me know.


- May 15-17, False Cape State Park Backpack: Moderate (2.5 or so blisters) 2-night backpack trip in a beautifully secluded Virginia park by the sea. Limited participants, with backpack classes' students having first dibs. Planning meeting on May 10. For more info, contact Liz ([address removed]; 202/[masked]).


- Saturday, May 30, Impact of Intercounty Connector: Easy (1 to 2 blisters) hike in currently pretty areas that will examine the long and strange trip of the ICC in Montgomery County. Kris Unger and I will lead.


- Saturday, June 13, Snickers Gap to Buzzard Hill (sounds so romantic): Difficult (4.6 blisters) Appalachian Trail hike of 10mi. and 6500 feet of elevation change. Sankar Sitaraman and I will lead.


- Sunday, June 28 (6:30-8 pm), Polar Bears (Oh, my!) of Hudson Bay: Marjorie Richman will show spectacular pictures of trip to Churchill, Manitoba, and we'll discuss the current and sad future state of these animals. 

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