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Training Hike #6 + Half Presi: Austin/Furnace - Jones Run/Doyles River (19.9 mi)

  • Mar 16, 2013 · 5:45 AM
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Dave's beautiful and classic training hike for our Extreme Hike Series....so let's have some fun (2 water crossings, so bring water shoes and towel, along with lots of waterfalls!) while we are getting ourselves ready for the Presi and Half Presi Traverse, Devil's Path, and Great Range Traverse Extreme hikes this year! This is the next in our series of training hikes before these events with both Full and Half Presi Hikes. Pace will be such we finish in a reasonable and safe time, but we will not be sparing the horses either! This hike will cover Shenandoah National Park from top to bottom and back on BOTH east and west sides for Full Presi Training and the west side for Half Presi Training. One of the nice features of this setting is you get to see and feel the incredible diversity of Blue Ridge Hollows and why the old timers revered them so much! The Full Presi hike will be covering Austin and Furnace Mountain Trails on the West and Jones and Doyle's River Trails on the East, while the Half Presi hike will cover Austin and Furnace Mountain trails on the west side with a nice stop at Black Rocks.

Detailed route map with description and elevation profile (click here)

Half Presi Map from Hiking Upward web site: Start at same Parking lot and time as Full Presi. We will go up Austin Mtn and down Furnace Mtn.

http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/AustinFurnaceMountains/images/Map.pdf

Be sure to print a copy of the route map found at the above link and bring it with you to the hike!

Water. Bring 2-3 liters of water. This should get you through the first half of the hike. We will refill at the mid-point waterfall. Please indicate if you are bringing a water filter so that we will know that we are covered in that respect.

Food. Think about the "normal" day hikes you have done in the past (10-12 miles) and how much trail food you brought for them and double that.

Clothing. An extra pair of socks is always recommended. Check the weather report prior to the hike and come prepared. If there is even a remote chance of rain, be sure to bring a rain shell.

Other Gear. Headlamp with extra batteries (probably not needed but you should always carry one). Sunscreen and sunglasses. Whistle. Compass. Map. When in doubt, consult one of the readily available "ten essentials" lists.

REI's Ten Essentials List (click here)

Transportation. We will meet at the Centreville Park & Ride at 5:45 am, coordinate car pools, and depart for the trailhead at 6:00 am SHARP. For those that it is more convenient to do so, you can meet at the trailhead [masked],[masked]). Be sure to arrive at the trailhead early enough so that you are ready to start the hike at 8:00 am SHARP. I am travelling from Fredericksburg and plan to do this.

After-hike Meal. Those that have the time to do so will stop in Harrisonburg after the hike for a group dinner. Location to be posted ... stay tuned.

Full Presi Hike

1. Dave

2. Jim N.

3. Neal

4. Matt

5. Rosie

6. Michelle

7. Patricia

8. Lucas

9. Alex Lott

10. Steve M.

11. Vince


Half Presi Hike

1. Kirsten

2. Grev Hunt

3. Bryce

4. Julio

5. Devp

6,7. Theresa +1

8. Ross Cantrell

9. Dan Snyder

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  • Grev

    Big thanks to the trip organizers and specifically Jim and Patricia. The first hill was a wee bit of a challenge. After that the poetry of the landscape was stunning and at times overwhelming. I can't wait to do this hike in different seasons to observe the changes. It was great meeting y'all. Thank you all for an excellent first hiking trip!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Great people and weather for one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah, it always let's me know where I am in my conditioning. Hank's was well worth the stop and besides great BBQ, I smell another classic place to eat! Thanks to all the wonderful leaders and great times with everyone....see you all soon!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Theresa

    Great hike! Can't wait to do it again

    March 18, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Great to see everyone AND hike in the rain and cold through snow, mud and fast-flowing water.................... My thanks to event hosts -- Jim, Kirsten, Dave, Steve, and Neal, and to sweeps, photographers, and to very, very fun and tough fellow-adventurers.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    Great hike and great hikers yesterday! I enjoyed the many waterfalls near Doyles River Falls and the sunshine we had most of the day!! Couldnt have asked for better weather. Plus the bit of rain at the end was just enough to cool me down as we descended the mountain. Food and service at Hanks was awesome! Until the next time, hike on!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Rain? What rain!? Excellent hike with plenty of fun running in the snow and soaking in the gorgeous views. Also, that post-hike meal location is a winner! Thanks, everyone!!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Emma

    Sorry friends.. Been feeling congested and crappy all day so I don't think the cold rain and river crossing will help.. *sigh*

    March 15, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Feel better. Well get to hike together one of these days

      1 · March 15, 2013

    • Emma

      Thanks Michelle. I wanted to hike so badly but woke up looking like the Elephant Man. Ugh.

      March 16, 2013

  • bryce

    I'm beyond embarrassed to admit I can't find my car keys for the life of me...

    March 16, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Going to have to bail on account of sickness... Oy vey...

    March 16, 2013

  • Dan S.

    I won't be able to make the hike, sorry for the last minute change of plans

    March 16, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    I'm carpooling with Matt and we're headung straight to the trailhead. My cars the blue Mazda3 and if we aren't there then we're on the trail already.

    March 15, 2013

  • Alex L.

    Jim, I tried calling and texting to coordinate a ride but I got an error, please give me a call at[masked]

    March 15, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I'll also have to bow out to nurse Emma back to health with some home-made chicken soup! Sorry to flake! Have fun, y'all!

    March 15, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Just spoke to Jim Newman and he said...."Let's meet at Dunkin Donuts -- just across the highway from the Park and Ride --- where it is warm and dry and there is coffee AND toilet facilities."

    March 15, 2013

  • patricia z.

    REMINDER: Bring water shoes for stream crossings and a microfiber towel, also extra socks.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Question: It claims I'm confirmed but doesn't list me? Went through the Amazon checkout etc..? Can I just show up at 5:45? and if so I'm wondering if anyone has an extra seat for me? (definitely chip in for gas)

    thanks, jeff

    March 15, 2013

  • Jim N.

    One post hike option is here:
    http://www.hankssmokehouse.com/
    We visited Hanks last year and it was tasty. We are working on a vegetarian option too, so will get back with everyone later today.

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • Dave

      Another option might be to stop at a place in Harrisonburg on the way home. There are a number of good options there. Hanks was pretty crowded last year. I think they were offering a special that day. We should make sure there is no special offered on Saturday if we go there.

      March 15, 2013

  • patricia z.

    I need a ride from DC Saturday AM, either to Centreville Park and Ride or to the trailhead. Is there anyone going anyplace close to downtown DC? I can cab it to a meet-up point (too early for Metro!)
    Happy to share expenses.

    March 11, 2013

    • patricia z.

      My mobile number is[masked]

      March 14, 2013

    • Neal

      Ok, mine is[masked] - see you then!

      March 15, 2013

  • Vince

    I will need a ride to trail head from Centreville and will help with gas.

    March 15, 2013

    • Jim N.

      I will be at Centreville Vince if you want to ride with me, or would it be easier to meet at the Walmart at Front Royal?

      March 15, 2013

    • Vince

      Thanks. I'll be at Centreville at 5:45am.

      March 15, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Weather report here:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.238719439825736&lon=-78.71137619018554
    I always listen to the women of the group, so do as Kirsten says and come prepared for rain with a high of 51, so in the 40's most of the day. I know I will follow her suggestions!

    March 15, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Besides it is almost guaranteed we will have to deal with rain in New Hampshire on the Presi, so good "dry run" to make sure you are happy with your rain system!

      March 15, 2013

  • Kirsten

    Suggestions to staying dry on this hike based on rain forecast: rain jacket/pants, pack covers, socks stored in ziplock bags, gaiters, a set of "after hike" dry clothes/shoes, and a plastic bag to throw wet items into. For the half-presi group, we can place the dry "after hike" clothes bag in my car at start parking lot in case the full-presi car pool person is not back at the same time.

    March 15, 2013

  • Grev

    I am leaving from Alexandria if anybody needs a ride. Also bringing a Katadyn filter. I plan to spend the night in the woods near a crick or perhaps I'll join you at Swift Run Campground. Hot shower or freezing stream?

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    Saturday night after the hike I'm going to be staying at Swift Run Campground, if anyone else wants to join. $25/tent site and they have a bath house with hot showers. Its 3 miles off skyline drive off Rt. 33

    March 9, 2013

    • Neal

      I would but I have a few things to do on Sun. When will you know if Via Ferrata is open?

      March 14, 2013

    • Dave

      I called Nelson Rocks the other day and at that time, they told me they usually wait until the day of the event to make the decision. I told them we would call on Saturday to see if they have any better information then. If we do head to Nelson Rocks and it ends up being cancelled at the last minute, we will probably head to White Grass for one last cross country skiing outing.

      2 · March 14, 2013

  • Jim N.

    I will be at Centreville to help with carpools and coming from north of Baltimore and around the west side of I-495 to I-66 if anyone needs a ride.

    March 14, 2013

  • Alex L.

    Will anybody be coming from or near Rockville? I can cab to wherever it would be convenient. I would really appreciate a ride, please let me know it this would be possible. THanks!

    March 10, 2013

    • Alex L.

      No I have not, where would be convenient for you. I can taxi where it would be convenient for you

      March 12, 2013

    • patricia z.

      devp, looks like I got a ride arranged. Thank you very much for your offer and glad you decided to go for the hike in spite of the long drive!

      March 13, 2013

  • Thomas

    Sorry to cancel, Tegan and I are both sick :-(

    March 13, 2013

  • Eric

    just when i thought i was out...i have to cancel :(

    March 12, 2013

  • Jaclyne

    Is this hike ok to bring dogs?

    March 8, 2013

    • Jaclyne

      Good not food

      March 8, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Sounds fine Jaclyne

      March 11, 2013

  • Ross C.

    I have a steripen and prefilter to share for anyone that needs to refill H20.

    March 8, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Since this hike is around Harrisonburg, VA I may post something down that way for Sunday as well (Patricia has posted the wonderful Via Ferrata already). If there is enough snow, I may go Cross Country Skiing at Whitegrass on Sunday and if not will post a hike down that way (which means car camping on Saturday night).

    March 7, 2013

  • Dan S.

    I'm leaving from Kent Island and can pick up along the way, in case anyone needs a ride. Also, I will be bringing my Katadyn hiker filter on this hike.

    March 7, 2013

  • KingsleyC

    half marathon day

    March 6, 2013

    • Michelle A.

      Good luck to you and others who are doing it!

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What do you mean by "Presi Training"? Google was not too forthcoming--thanks!

    February 26, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Diana, you are new to the group, so don't know about the extreme hikes we do. First is across the White Mountains in NH. It is the classic 1 day hike called the "Presidential Traverse". Google that and you will gets lots of great reading material. To prepare ourselves we do a series of training hikes to get all of us in shape for the hikes (another is across the Catskills, called "Devil's Path") and a third is across the Addirondacks, called "Great Range Traverse". The Presi Traverse is posted here: http://www.meetup.com...­ and includes a "Half Presi" option as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

      1 · February 26, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Jenn Z, Thanks for offering.

    Can I ride with you? I live at 4th and Massachusetts Avenue NW, right near Chinatown. At that hour I can "cab it" to meet you in SW.

    February 25, 2013

  • patricia z.

    I am going to post a Via Feratta Climb Meetup for Sunday the 17th, so you may want to head over to WV on Saturday night to climb on Sunday at 11:00 AM or drive over there Sunday AM.

    February 24, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Sadly I'll be up in MA so I won't be able to attend- sounds gorgeous and fun! Enjoy!

    February 21, 2013

  • Joffrey P.

    Can't go, but enjoy.

    February 21, 2013

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