OMG EXTREME!! AT Weekend. - 30miles

UPDATE!! Milage split has changed! The first day will be 18 miles! Please consider your RSVP status given this news!

From Penmar (PA-MD line) to Gathland Park, MD... You've never seen extreme trail backpacking action like this! Totally hardcore all the way bro!

*Note: "Extreme" is subjective...

Day 1: 18 miles
Day 2: 12 miles

Starting at Penmar we warm up by walking up to the overlook for a view of the surrounding mountains and farmlands before heading south to:

Annapolis Rocks for another breathtaking view after which we will head two more miles south to camp.

I'll be providing dinner's main dish for both the meat eaters and non-meat eaters, the exact specifics of which are TBD. Whatever is decided upon you can bet will be piping hot after cooking over the campfire! As always, smores will follow:)  You are on your own regarding sides for dinner.

Day two, after our morning rituals around the camp fire, we will head through:

Washington Monument State Park..

Then continue south for one last scenic view:

before arriving in Gathland park.  I estimate we will arrive there around 3:30pm, then will require an additional 30~45 minutes to shuttle back to the cars at Penmar.

Depending on finishing time and interest we may reward our two days of SUPER CRAZY FUNTIME EXTREME HIKING! with some great BBQ at Blackhog: http://www.blackhogbbq.com/

Weather in the third weekend of March:

It has always been unpredictable in this area.  Some years it has been 70 degree's and sunny, others there have been blizzards.  Anyone coming should already know the drill, just be aware that the marvelous possibilities are endless!

All attendees will be contacted after they signup to verify they have the level of fitness, gear, and experience backpacking required.  Nothing personal is meant by this, nor if you are not allowed to go.  It is for the safety of everyone that each person be a good fit for this event.

I will need three drivers to work with me on shuttling arrangements which will require an earlier start for those lucky few!

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  • KingsleyC

    what an extreme weekend!

    March 25, 2013

  • Frank

    OMG the dinner was worth the 30 miles of hiking alone. Thanks Paul and everyone for a great weekend!

    March 25, 2013

  • Steve M

    More OMG, please! Thanks to Paul for being a great host, for once, and to all the beautiful people who made this a great trip.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With this trip, I have hiked the entire AT in Maryland! Thanks for a great trip and a great group camp dinner!

    2 · March 24, 2013

    • craig l.

      Me too, 1 state down!

      1 · March 24, 2013

  • craig l.

    OMG I cant even tell you how extreme it really was!!! Awesome time

    March 24, 2013

  • PaulD

    Of course i'm going to rate my own meetup 5 stars...Why do they even ask!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    Paul is running late for about 40min. so take ur time.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • PaulD

    I am providing dinner, however should something happen to the food I don't want everyone to be without recourse and start eyeballing my dog's legs. Please bring whatever you would normally bring for dinner just in case something happens to the food I prepared. Sorry I didn't think to send this out sooner!

    March 22, 2013

    • Ross C.

      I'll make sure to bring my own dog then

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • Sophie

    Sorry to bail out, couldn't find a ride.

    March 22, 2013

  • PaulD

    We need someone to step up for car transport please!

    March 22, 2013

    • KingsleyC

      I and Jimmy are car pooling if no one else from MD side stepping up, we can help.

      March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Paul if you need, we can come pick you guys up. Let me know.

      March 22, 2013

  • Brandon S.

    Sorry guys, I have been feeling like crap the past few days and don't want to risk getting sicker and holding everyone back.

    March 22, 2013

  • PaulD

    I have updated the meetup with the correct address. If you open the address in google maps and turn on the satellite view, you can see the gravel parking lot half way down the block. Also:[masked] Pen Mar High Rock Rd, Cascade, MD[masked]http://m.google.com/u/m/-l2-Jr

    March 22, 2013

    • Sophie

      Thanks Paul, I am feeling better now about driving. And what is your phone number just in case? My number is[masked]

      March 22, 2013

  • PaulD

    Weather is looking great everyone! Might get a little messy at the end of the hike Sunday, but other than that, good weather! http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.4437123&lon=-77.5447102&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Middletown%2C%20MD%2021769%2C%20USA. If it does precipitate, I would count on freezing conditions due o altitude. Plan foot traction accordingly!

    March 22, 2013

  • marc

    Hi from Moscow ... I mixed the dates and won't be able to join you all. Hope to get in on the next OMG - keep me in the loop please!

    March 18, 2013

    • PaulD

      Moscow. Pft. Oh yeah, the old "I'm in Moscow" excuse. :-). Sounds awesome. Hope you are having fun!

      March 21, 2013

  • PaulD

    Ok guys, the food has been purchased. Anyone else backs out and they're getting a bill! :-)

    3 · March 21, 2013

    • Neal

      Thanks, Paul - I wouldn't want to get lost on the AT

      1 · March 20, 2013

  • Sophie

    Anybody carpooling from DC area? The ride will be greatly appreciated. Happy to share gas and expenses.

    March 20, 2013

  • PaulD

    For those who would like a more descript breakdown of the trip, please reference the following link. We will be staying at the pine knob shelter an finishing at gathland.
    http://www.hikingupward.com/OMH/MarylandChallenge/

    March 20, 2013

  • PaulD

    Thank you Vince for the great info. See the update to the event details for more information with in the next 10minutes

    March 20, 2013

    • PaulD

      Disregard the event details update. Ill be sending an email to all attendees with information shortly.

      March 20, 2013

  • Frank

    For those of us too weak and insecure to participate in the EXTREME CARPOOLING...we are meeting at 8AM in Pen Mark Park? I went on their website, but can't tell how big that park is...is it small enough to spot each other or is there a specific meetup point within the park?

    March 18, 2013

    • Frank

      Great, thanks Vince! I'll meet you by the trailhead if I park in the wrong spot and don't see you.

      March 20, 2013

    • PaulD

      Thanks Vince!

      March 20, 2013

  • Ross C.

    March 19, 2013

  • Neal

    This is the "Maryland Challenge" minus 10 miles? If so should we print off the map from Hiking Upward?

    March 19, 2013

    • KingsleyC

      this is what i assume at this point..

      March 19, 2013

    • PaulD

      Ummm.... Permission granted?

      March 19, 2013

  • PaulD

    OK all. If you have any food allergies or specific incredible dislikes, now is the time to let me know. As far as I know, Frank is the only person at this point who doesn't eat animal products. Correct?

    March 17, 2013

    • PaulD

      Harley's got your Dutch oven.

      1 · March 19, 2013

    • KingsleyC

      dutch oven cant wait!

      1 · March 19, 2013

  • PaulD

    Ok all, I need three drivers to meet me at wash monument park on say morning at 7am to leave cars there. Can I get volunteers?

    March 13, 2013

    • Steve M

      7am, you say?

      March 18, 2013

    • PaulD

      Vince, awesome. Steve, I guess you aren't just that.... EXTREME! EXTREME CARPOOLING!! So extreme I feel like I need to burst through a wall and say it! Ohhhh yeahhhhh.

      March 18, 2013

  • Aaron

    I'm a bail as I've made other more concrete plans. Enjoy the hike and I look fwd to the next OMG event!

    March 18, 2013

  • Ross C.

    Hey Paul, I'd also prefer the vegan option. Thanks.

    March 17, 2013

  • Larke W.

    Anyone leaving from DC on Sat am and interested in carpooling? I can help with gas money and bake muffins. :)

    March 12, 2013

    • PaulD

      Larke: Did anyone get back to you about a ride?

      March 17, 2013

    • Larke W.

      Yeah, I got my ride covered.

      March 17, 2013

  • Jaclyne

    Trying to get on the waiting list but it repeatedly says error.

    March 10, 2013

    • Jaclyne

      I am unofficially wait lister 9 as the wait list won't add me.

      March 12, 2013

    • PaulD

      Whatever was wrong with Meetup.com's servers is fixed. You are on the wait list.

      March 17, 2013

  • PaulD

    ALL: I have decided to take us to the shelter past anapolis rock on sat. This is because fires are not permitted at the camp area there. This will extend the first day another two miles! Please consider your RSVP status accordingly.

    March 13, 2013

  • kelley

    Sorry all, I have to bail out of this one. I have a friend flying in this weekend I otherwise rarely get to see. Have fun!

    February 28, 2013

    • PaulD

      Are you planning on changing your status?

      March 10, 2013

  • patricia z.

    What kind of elevation gain is involved? Distance would not be a problem for me unless we have extreme elevation to go with it ... and of course we have the heavier winter pack weight.

    February 6, 2013

    • PaulD

      BTW, i would give having a heavier winter pack a 50/50 chance. For what it's worth.

      February 6, 2013

    • PaulD

      Backpacking. Also it will likely be with wintergear which means particularly heavy packs.

      February 24, 2013

  • kelley

    You rock, Paul!!! Thanks so much for coordinating - Looking forward to it!

    February 6, 2013

  • Aaron

    A great way to get my sorry arse back into shape! :-)

    February 6, 2013

  • Steve M

    to the extreme!!!

    February 6, 2013

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