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Backpacking 101 and Dutch Oven Rendezvous On the Mountain!

  • Mar 8, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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Let's meet at Wolf Gap Campground on Friday night to camp out (with great dutch oven cooking..mmm) then go enjoy 2 great hikes on Saturday, Big Schloss and then Tibbet Knob. You will learn to camp, backpack, hike and find out why our group enjoys the outdoors together so much! There are great views where we roam, and the camping at Wolf Gap Campground is free! We will leave on Sunday morning and go to Strickler Knob (across the Shenandoah Valley) to enjoy a strenuous hike to another gorgeous view, then compare notes on which view we enjoy the best at an optional post hike meal nearby on the way home! If we have enough strong hikers I would enjoy doing both Duncan and Strickler Knobs in one day just to shake things up a bit! I see one hike or the other listed, but hey, we are backpackers, so let's go for it (the trifecta....or more!) to get ready for some great upcoming backpacking trips and bump that fun meter way up!

Strickler Knob info is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/StricklerKnob/

Big Schloss is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/BigSchloss/

and Tibbet Knob is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/TibbetKnob/

Please print off a copy of each map and trail description and bring it with you in a zip lock bag.

So there you go, 3 of the best local hikes and views in our area, close to home and 2 good days and nights of exercise and fun...what more could you look in an end of winter trip?! For those of you wanting to learn more about camping and backpacking, here is your chance with options that make sense for your level as you can beg off once you get tired. This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before those dreaded bugs come out and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for Spring!

Finally here is the menu with participants paying their share (budget about $10-15 for group meals/drinks):

Cattle Drive Menu for Satuday Breakfast and Dinner:

Main Vittles: Roundup BBQ Ribs, Cattle Drive Chili, Chuck wagon/Burrito Casserole

Sidekicks & Soppers: Cast Iron Cornbread, Cowboy potatoes, Tortilla chips and Salsa

Cowboy Sweets: Denver Chocolate Pudding Cake, Down Home Peach Cobbler or Side Saddle Cherry Cobbler (smaller 10" DO).

If leftovers on fruit cobblers, we can have with breakfast.

Chuck Wagon Sunrise Pancakes, bacon/sausage & Jim's Cinnamon Pecan Ring

Brew: Water, Cowboy Coffee and Tea; Margaritas & Sangria (extra charge for these).

For a discussion of gear and list of equipment click here:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/boy_scout_gear_list.html

and a gear list here:

http://www.backpacking-guide.com/backpacking-checklist.html

So let's saddle up for a great Backpacking 101 up on the mountain!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. Weather couldn't have been better and the bald eagle soaring over the snowy mountains was unforgettable.

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Lynette

    Loved hiking and playing in the deep snow mixed with meeting great people and Dutch Oven cooking fun around the campfire!! :)

    March 12, 2013

  • Rosie

    Thanks to everyone who had a part in organizing and setting up this wonderful weekend. I couldn't have asked for a better first time winter camping and backpacking experience. See you at the next one.

    March 11, 2013

  • Kirsten

    The foot+ of snow made for a beautiful hiking experience. Thanks to all who attended and braved the cold, wet, sunny, and wonderful weekend. Thanks to Jim and Lynette for cooking a great meal, dutch oven style on Saturday. I enjoyed my conversations with fellow hikers on all three trails. Hollis, Bill and Ryan were a big help in getting the camp sites ready for the rest and ensuring a welcoming fire for those arriving after dark. Looking forward to more adventures with the group.

    March 11, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Lynette, Hollis, and Kirsten really "cooked up" a great time in a foot of snow, wow! Great job setting up camp and making everyone a "happy camper"! The views were just amazingly beautiful and great group spirit made for a very enjoyable weekend! Look forward to getting out with this great group again soon, thanks!

    March 11, 2013

  • Hollis

    I had an amazing time! Thanks everyone for the fun in the snow and Lynette for that unbelievably good dutch oven cobbler :)

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Kelly

    Strickler Knob is one of the best summit hikes in VA. I actually like it better than Old Rag. It was good to meet some new people and hope to hike with them again.

    March 10, 2013

  • Kelly P

    Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. Buddy would share his biscuits with everyone, if he had any left ;-)

    March 10, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Kirsten just let me know there is a foot of snow at the campsite, so I will bring snowshoes to break trail and tromp down tent sites. If you have gaiters bring them but I will bring an extra pair or 2. So get psyched for a great time!

    March 8, 2013

  • Emerald

    Woke up feeling under the weather this morning. Nursed and debated all day, but I'm afraid I'll have to bow out:( Have fun! Hope to join you next time!

    March 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Look forward to next time Emily, thanks for letting us know.

      March 8, 2013

  • Kelly

    Jim remember spring ahead on Sat. since I am meeting you at the trail head for Sunday hike... but I know I have to wait...all is good with a good book! See u everyone soon!

    March 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Kirsten keeps me straight....most of the time! We will call you when we are leaving Wolf Gap.

      March 8, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Ryan, Kirsten and Hollis will be there by 4:00 PM, so they are in charge with camp arrangements, etc. so get with them....they will be happy to tell you what to do, lol! Don't expect me before 9:30 PM.

    March 8, 2013

  • Ryan

    I'll probably be there earlier than most (before 1800) but don't know the campgrounds. If anyone knows of a spot for me to stake out, give me a holler. I'll likely just be roaming around and/or drinking a beer until someone else shows up. I drive a dark grey 4Runner and have long blonde hair. Feel free to text or call me at[masked] if anything comes up before then (I doubt I'll have service in the mountains). Cheers!

    March 8, 2013

  • Karen

    I have an extra spot in my car. I'm leaving from Arlington and picking up Emily. I also will have my dog with us, so that is something to consider if you're allergic. If that sounds good to you, let me know and we can work something out.

    March 4, 2013

    • Karen

      Entrace to gold's gym?

      March 7, 2013

    • Karen

      ok great, i'll send you guys me phone number in a private email

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I has seen this sooner! should be a pretty good wknd for it

    March 8, 2013

  • devp

    Is anyone looking for a ride? I can do a pick up from a metro station while on my way to the campground.

    March 5, 2013

    • devp

      5 30 sounds good. What is the closest metro to your workplace?

      March 7, 2013

    • Kelly P

      Do you want to ride together? I have a dog though. We could take my car.

      March 8, 2013

  • Kelly P

    I can give rides from union station. (FYI: I have a dog.)

    March 7, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Please respond here if you are participating in group meals so we know how much food to buy. Everyone will pay their share at camp, thanks.

    March 7, 2013

    • maureen

      Count me in as well. Menu looks great

      March 7, 2013

    • Rosie

      Count me in as well

      March 7, 2013

  • Kelly

    I'm coming for Sunday's hike only.

    March 7, 2013

    • Hollis

      Ya! Can't wait to see you Kelly :)

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • Blaine

    Yes, I will participate in the group meals. I will also help cook if needed.

    March 7, 2013

  • Jim N.

    First look at the weather is excellent here:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=lwx&zmx=1&zmy=1&map_x=112&map_y=110&x=169&y=165
    38 and 23 Friday and sunny, with Saturday 44 and 33 for the low and mostly sunny. Sunday is partly sunny and a high of 44. If you have a 0 degree F bag it is more than enough. If you only have a 20 degree bag, bring a second one and a blanket to throw over you along with an air mattress with a closed cell foam pad underneath it. Will report back with a menu by Wednesday, but will need everyone to help put on the meal with this crowd, but it should be a blast! We will have at least 2 coleman camp stoves to help people who do not have stoves as well.

    March 4, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Joe, it is easier if the Leaders take care of it. We will add up the cost and simply split it as we do not make any money off this. I would budget $10-15 though for you to bring to camp.

      March 7, 2013

    • Jim N.

      If you want to bring anything to share with the group Joe, please feel free.

      March 7, 2013

  • Hollis

    I'm leaving from Silver Spring at 1pm (b/c I hate traffic on 66). If anyone can leave that early, I can pick you up at a convenient location along the way. I have room for a couple people.

    March 3, 2013

    • Kirsten

      Hollis, I can leave early on Friday also. Call or email me. I will be packing much extra gear (grill, camp stove, folding table, chairs, bow saw, etc.) in addition to backpacking gear. This may be the space equivalent of two people. Thanks.

      March 7, 2013

  • Sarah

    It looks like the work conflict I previously posted about is not going to resolve itself so I can go on this trip. Bummed about it. Hope everyone else has fun.

    March 5, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Look forward to catching up soon Sarah!

      March 5, 2013

  • Kelly

    Cant go my teenager needs me

    March 5, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Miss you Kelly!

      March 5, 2013

  • Lola

    Just like A S, would greatly appreciate a ride from a metro stop and will share gas expenses. Cheers!

    February 8, 2013

    • Lola

      Jim, apologies for almost the last minute notice. I do hope to join you all at some other point. Forgot if the sign up is refundable; if yes, please do not bother to refund.

      March 4, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Ok, Lola, look for you next time!

      March 5, 2013

  • Emerald

    I'm a novice to backpacking as well, but have some equipment from camping. I'll try to purchase them in time for this weekend, but in case it doesn't work out, is there any chance I could borrow someone's spare tent and stove?

    March 3, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Ok, thanks!

      March 5, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Emily let me know if you need any other gear

      March 5, 2013

  • Jim N.

    The reason we normally carpool from Centreville park n ride (versus Vienna Metro north for instance) is we have never had a problem leaving our cars there. I am happy to pick people up from Vienna Metro if need be, but I live north of Baltimore, so quite a ride for me to get down there, but will do it if no one else can pick people up. The right way to do it is to post you need a ride.

    March 4, 2013

    • A S

      Jim, I could meet you at Centreville Park and ride, if that is easier for you, since Lola is dropping out now (no need to go to Vienna North Metro). I will leave my car at the Centreville Park & Ride, if that is safer. Please let me know your preferences.

      March 4, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Being realistic about where I am with my accumulation of injuries. At least this should give me time to get the house ready for relatives next week.

    March 4, 2013

  • Lola

    I am really sorry to do it almost last minute (hope those on wait list will have enough time to prep), but it looks like I cannot make it. Bummer.

    March 4, 2013

  • Emerald

    I will be coming from the Rockville area and likely to take the Metro to Vienna/Fairfax then bus to the Centerville Park and Ride, which would take about 2.5 hours one way, but I'd be willing to do it. If anyone will be passing through that route, either coming or going (looks like Jim's car is full now), I'd love to hitch a ride! If not, I'll see you all at the Park and Ride.

    February 28, 2013

    • Karen

      Hi Emily, I'm leaving from Arlington VA and I can pick you up if you still need a ride.

      March 4, 2013

    • Emerald

      Hi Karen, that would be fantastic. I'll email with contact info so we can plan a rendezvous.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,

    Word is that Jenn Z sadly can no longer come on this trip. Would anybody else be able to provide me a ride? I live in Arlington and can get anywhere along the metro as needed.

    Thanks!

    March 4, 2013

  • Larke W.

    I can't make this weekend. : ( Next time!

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I can go with you guys but I have a friend's bday on Sat night... next time for sure!

    March 3, 2013

  • Kelly

    Man, I am really hoping they are right about the snow this week...early to tell...love to camp in the snow !

    March 3, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Lynette and I are working on menu choices with our Dutch Ovens, so will need some help to prepare and cook the group dinner on Saturday. If you want to participate in the group dinner, etc. you will also need to pay your share.

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • Emerald

      Count me in! I'll help prep, cook, and pay my share.

      March 1, 2013

    • Rosie

      Count me in! Just let my now how I can help and contribute to the meal.

      March 3, 2013

  • A S

    Signing up, if I could I get a ride either from Vienna or Centerville on Friday (will share gas expenses). Thank you much.

    February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jim, any more room in that car?

      February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Jenn! What time can I meet you?

      March 3, 2013

  • devp

    Will be driving down from owings mills, which is close to 695. Let me know if anyone wants a ride.

    March 2, 2013

  • Sarah

    I have had a work thing come up which may require me to be in NYC on Friday the 8th, which will make this trip hard to make. Another party to that business is trying to get it rescheduled, which would solve the conflict. I'd say its about 80% I'll have to travel. I wanted to give a heads-up, in case there is anybody wanting my spot, in which case I'm happy to give it up.

    February 21, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Ok, I figured out a way for us to get a larger group up there, so will increase the size so those on the waiting list can sign up now.

    February 19, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    Jim, not going to be able to make this work afterall.

    February 19, 2013

    • Jim N.

      I am soo sad Michelle, I always love to party with you on the mountain!

      1 · February 19, 2013

  • Ryan

    I'll be coming from Charlottesville so if anyone from near there or along the way wants to carpool, drop me a line.

    February 18, 2013

    • Kelly

      Hey Ryan I live in Madison and love to carpool. I work until 3:45 in culpeper

      February 18, 2013

  • Kelly

    I might be there earlier than most.

    February 15, 2013

  • Kelly

    I am leaving culpeper around 400.

    February 15, 2013

  • Bill

    Lynette, Kirsten, and Jim,
    I will be at the campground pretty early (about 7pm), do you guys have a section you want to setup in (N, E, S, or W corners), I'll try to grab it?

    February 14, 2013

    • Hollis

      I'm off on Friday, so I plan on going out even earlier if anyone wants a ride. I'll probably leave around 1-ish, but I'm flexible.

      February 14, 2013

    • Bill

      Ok, thanks, see you guys there.

      February 14, 2013

  • M'Heeraw K.

    I would like to carpool with some if they have space. I can meet at any train station.

    February 8, 2013

    • M'Heeraw K.

      Something came up with school and I am no longer able to come :( maybe next time.

      February 13, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Sorry M'Heeraw...look forward to it!

      February 13, 2013

  • Bill

    I can offer a ride from the parking lot just east of Warrenton VA at the light at[masked] and 605, at 5:30 pm, if anyone is interested.

    February 8, 2013

  • M'Heeraw K.

    Question does anyone know how cold it might get? That is the depending factor of me going or not.

    February 7, 2013

    • Jim N.

      We won't get an idea until 9 days before the trip M'Heeraw, but the fun will keep you wam!

      February 8, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Sorry I can't make it, have a blast !

    February 7, 2013

  • Katrina

    What are you going to cook jim? :-)

    February 7, 2013

    • Jim N.

      A lot whatever it is...we will work out the menu Katrina, but it will be great!

      1 · February 7, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Ribs, stews, sides, desserts, breakfast, cinnamon roll, maybe even dutch oven turkey!

      February 7, 2013

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