Trail Days!

  • May 16, 2014 · 12:15 PM
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Let's take a road trip to Southwestern VA and go to the Mother of all Trail Festivals in Damascus, VA! This is a huge party all weekend long with gear reps, great music and fun. Details are here:
http://www.traildays.us/index.html

One of my favorite and wildest events year in and year out, so a classic WB annual event! We will hike Mt. Rogers early on Saturday morning and on Sunday can bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, which is rated the best Rail toTrail Conversion in the East, or hike Dragon's Tooth on the way back home on Sunday or any combination. Camping is $5 for the weekend and $20 per vehicle to park, details here:

http://traildays.us/index.php?id=18

We will be eating dutch oven gourmet and sampling some of the local cuisine. So chime in on the discussion I will post! This is a 6 hour drive from Centreville and a great weekend as you will be spending time with some of the best hikers/backpackers in the world and have some of the less well known, yet best gear vendors there to oogle over their latest wares! Oh and of course it is a huge party all weekend long, as usual on our trips, as those who have done it in year's past can attest! So time to saddle up for another classic annual Washington Backpacker's Meetup!

 

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  • Amy

    I *FINALLY* finished the Trail Days video. You can find it on my YouTube channel http://youtu.be/sgrBWLiMTyY. I didn't take a lot of actual video, so it is a little more pic heavy than I would prefer, but I hope you like it!

    June 20

  • Natalie

    It was great seeing the wild ponies, hanging out with everyone and witnessing some Trail Magic with the delicious Saturday night dinner that Jim cooked up.

    May 19

  • Alison

    I had a blast! New friends and old, so many firsts - hike up Mt Rogers, drum circle, tent city, hiker parade, Brunswick stew, ponies, cattle, communal fire pit, favorite restaurant.....can't wait to get back in the spirit next year! Jim, you're awesome - thank you!

    May 19

  • Jim N.

    If you missed this event, you missed the wildest fun and opportunity to expand your backpacking/hiking knowledge all year with the best backpackers of 2014! The company, camp and food as always was sublime, so can't wait for next year! Viv pro die (Live for the Day at)Trail Days!

    1 · May 19

    • Jim N.

      Thanks everyone for a blast!

      May 19

  • Ed F.

    Much enjoyed the Trail Days. Still got the muchies from walking from the car to where y'all were camped and taking in all that second-hand 'aroma'?

    1 · May 19

  • Amy

    As usual, too much fun for one weekend! Thanks so much to Jim for posting this crazy fun trip. The dinner was delicious. I loved the spirit of Trail Days (and the bongo tent!). Mt. Rogers and the Iron Mountain hikes were gorgeous.

    May 18

  • Amy

    We got a spot, but they are going quickly! We are straight behind the tent field towards the stream. On the right of the trail you will see a big green and blue tarp stretched out over a couple of tents. Directly behind that is my camo hammock tarp, and Kathleen's bright yellow Eureka tent.

    May 16

  • Jim N.

    Will is running late on Metro so I am still waiting for him at Vienna station. Will be there by 12:30 according to Will

    May 16

  • Alison

    Still coming. See you 1215.

    1 · May 16

  • Rachid

    Jim, the invitation says 12:25PM to 3:15PM I think I can make it to CentreVille at 2PM but I will need a carpool? I am open to suggestions.

    May 14

    • Jim N.

      Not so much a hike as a big party!

      2 · May 15

    • Amy

      Definitely a party. You don't have to hike at all, if it suits your fancy! Just lounge around the camping area and meet some verrrry interesting people. No judging allowed at trail days. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure! And we love to have someone lurk around camp to keep an eye on the fire. . Please consider changing your mind...

      May 15

  • William A. W.

    Jim,
    Will send a private message, but work came up. Tom was traveling with me, so he has to drop too. This is rare that a work emergency comes up (I'm self employed) and it stinks because I've been trying to go there for the past couple of years. I'll be in touch regarding your trail maintenance projects. Thanks for getting back to me in the past.
    Bill

    May 15

    • Jim N.

      A job is a good thing Bill, but know we will catch up later this summer, so thanks for letting me know and see you soon.

      May 15

  • Thomas W.

    I apologize that I have to drop from the trip. I'd love to go, but as from my brothers message, work came up. I hope to make it next year though, have a great time everyone!

    May 15

  • Amy

    On our way! Kathleen and I are staying in Abingdon tonight, will stake out the campsite tomorrow morning before our hike. We will try to get something near the water!

    1 · May 15

    • Jim N.

      Thanks Amy, I love listening to the creek when I sleep at night, but look out for the poison ivy!

      1 · May 15

  • Alison

    My attendance is looking a little iffy right now due to family issues. But I still hope to go. Jim, are you going by Centreville or taking a route down from the Baltimore area? Is there still room for me? Is there rain forecast for the weekend?

    May 14

    • Jim N.

      I posted the weather down below, but to repeat it, there is a 20% chance of rain for the weekend with highs of 64 and lows or 41: http://forecast.weath...­

      May 15

    • Jim N.

      I still have you penciled in for riding with me Alison along with Tamara and Will, so let me know if you can make it (C=[masked]).

      May 15

  • Amy

    looks like Hollis and I will be going down again early on Thursday. Anyone in for another Iron Mountain Trail hike on Friday?

    1 · April 22

    • Will

      So is everyone still meeting at Centerville park n ride at 1215 on Fri? Can we leave our cars there all weekend if we combine cars? Jim, I'd still like to ride with you if possible.

      May 13

    • Jim N.

      Sure Will, see you at Centreville.

      May 15

  • Tamara

    Can I ride down with anyone?

    May 13

    • Tamara

      ok great thanks Jim if ok with you I'd like to go with you

      May 14

    • Jim N.

      Sure Tamara, it's nice to have company on the long ride.

      May 15

  • Rachid

    Sorry I have to withdraw. Enjoy your hike.

    May 15

  • Will

    Anyone coming from NOVA or near a metro to Centerville on friday? Can meet anywhere just don't want to leave my car all weekend at Centerville

    May 14

    • Will

      I may have to drive if I can't find a ride from NOVA to Centerville tomorrow AM

      May 15

    • Rachid

      Well, let me know....at[masked]

      May 15

  • Justin

    Anybody still going down Thursday to hike Friday?

    May 13

    • Amy

      We will be at Centreville around 1115. I have a 2+ hour drive there, and can't leave here before 9...

      May 13

    • Justin

      Email sent.

      May 14

  • Amy

    So far it looks like dad and I are the only ones on Team Early. I may just stay at the hotel with him Thursday, especially since I will be the only one there and in the rain :/. We will hike Friday morning after I set up camp in the jungle :) I think we will repeat last years iron Mountain Hike, but open to suggestions http://www.midatlantichikes.com/beartreegap.htm

    May 14

  • Jim N.

    I will be driving down Thursday evening right now with an empty car.

    May 8

    • Jim N.

      Ok, shoot me an email or call (C=[masked]

      May 8

    • Jim N.

      Alison with all the rain on Thursday evening/night, it looks like driving down Friday may be the better call. Is that ok with you?

      May 13

  • Emma

    Sorry, I have to bail out. :( I can't take Friday off and it's too long of a drive... Have fun!

    May 13

    • Jim N.

      You only need to take half a day Emma, not a full day, besides you can have a party on the way down in the Passats big back seat!

      May 13

  • Hollis

    It's looking unlikely that I will be able to make it. Will likely be a last minute decision.

    May 13

    • Jim N.

      Come anyway Hollis, I like to play in the rain! ;-)

      May 13

    • Jim N.

      If you look at one of the pictures above, you can see I know how to set up camp for rain, but hey, it's supposed to be a nice weekend!

      May 13

  • Jim N.

    Highs of 66 and lows around 45, partly sunny with a 20% chance of rain, so refreshingly cool this year!
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Damascus&state=VA&site=MRX&textField1=36.6328&textField2=-81.7893&e=0

    1 · May 13

  • david

    Sadly work stops play

    May 12

  • Amy

    Looks like we will have some nice hiking and camping weather for this weekend!!

    May 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    This really sucks that I have to work this weekend. Looks like a lot of fun. I am truly bummed

    May 12

  • Jenny H.

    Sorry everyone. Have to withdraw due to several obligations owed to close friends and family. Wish you all a wonderful time!

    May 10

    • Jim N.

      Will miss you Jenny, but getting Rickett's Glen pictures posted today, so enjoy the memories from out last trip together!

      May 11

  • Jim N.

    The first annual Hiker Prom will be held Saturday night at the Damascus Brewery:
    http://www.thedamascusbrewery.com/
    from 9 PM to Midnight.
    So besides the traditional "drum circle" dancing and jumping, we have another party to attend Saturday night!

    1 · May 8

  • Alison

    Can probably go Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Would like to carpool. Live in Herndon so Vienna metro or a Walmart lot I guess. Are we taking bikes?

    May 6

    • Natalie

      I'd like to leave Friday morning and can give a ride or take a ride. If I give a ride, I have room for 2 additional people in my car.

      May 6

  • Amy

    Two weeks and counting!! Who is ready to dance in the mud around the drum circle again? I've been practicing :) Anyhoo, my daughter has a presentation at school Thursday morning. I should be at Centreville around 11 to meet the early birds...

    May 2

  • William A. W.

    Question for the organizers. Hello, I'm from the Cleveland area and plan on going to trail days with my youngest brother, who is also apart of this group. We're thinking about joining. Is there a meeting area when everyone gets there picked? We actually will be leaving on Thursday. Thanks in advance!

    April 23

    • Jim N.

      William send me an email communication/coordinati­on is key since Trail Days is a zoo. If you need a ride, sign up and post it here.

      April 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't take Friday off.

    April 14

    • Jim N.

      I normally drive down Friday night Jimmy

      April 15

    • Jim N.

      I may be going down on Thursday as well...depends on if I am heading out west this summer or not....

      1 · April 22

  • Amy

    looks like Hollis and I will be going down again early on Thursday. Anyone in for another Iron Mountain Trail hike on Friday?

    April 22

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