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Opportunity to work for free!

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, April 22, 2010 2:47 PM



As you probably know, the One Day Hike ( is coming up next week (May 1). Registration has closed with 350 hikers planning to hike, so if you are not registered, I am sure you are heartbroken. However -- and this is the good news – we still need a few more volunteers, especially for the evening hours at beautiful Harpers Ferry. If you are interested – and who wouldn’t be? – let me know quickly before you lose interest.


The ODH is a great event and volunteers are rewarded by the many thanks they receive from the hikers, and take joy from the fact that they are not the hikers.


This Saturday, April 24, we’ll go to the Whites Ferry part of the C&O Canal to hike along the towpath. Not coincidentally, Whites Ferry is where the 50K (short) version of the ODH starts at 10 am (May 1). Coincidentally, it is a beautiful part of the Potomac River and a great place to explore.


We’ll meet at the Whites Ferry parking lot ( at 8 am. We’ll first proceed upstream (north) to the Monocacy Aqueduct and back (13miles or 2.6 blisters), then head downstream for up to another 5.7 miles and back (11.4 miles or 2.3 blisters. If you’ve lost count, that’s up to 24.4 miles (4.9 blisters), although you don’t have to do both legs and you may turn-around sooner to shorten the distance. (In this case, it’s not considered cheating.)


Bring a bag lunch and plenty of water. We may get some rain, so consider rain gear. While we hike, we can discuss the latest headlines (“Iceland Volcano Makes Ash of Itself”) or -- for those who started -- memorize the rest “Modern Major General.” If you haven’t started, it may be too late, but I’m sure you’re the very model of something.





Looking forward to:

- Sun. May 9, 4-6 pm. What to Eat on a Backpacking Trip: Limited spaces – reserve now (0.6 burps)

- Fri. May 14 - Sun. May 16. Beginner Backpacking Trip: In Shenandoah National Park (about 2.5 blisters and 1.3 spasms)

- Sun. May 23. Gettysburg National Military Park: History hike and dinner. Limited reservations available – reserve now (2.5 blisters & 2.3 burps)

- Sun. Jun. 6. Annual ODH Hike & Picnic: At Carderock (2 blisters & 2-4 burps, if you have no self control)

- Sat. Jun. 26. Leader’s Choice: Somewhere in the hills (3-4.3 blisters)

- July & August: Something, something

- Sep 3 to 6 (Labor Day weekend): Three days & nights (bunk cabin) at Delaware Water Gap; $42 per person deposit to reserve

- Oct 8 to 11 (Columbus Day weekend): Three days & nights (vacation cabins) at PA’s “Grand Canyon”; $50 per person deposit to reserve

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