Dolly Sods/Roaring Plains Trail Maintenance and Party!

  • July 11, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Ok, here is one of our classic annual work trips and party on the mountain in the best Wilderness areas in the Mid-Atlantic! We will head up to Dolly Sods on Friday evening, camp at Laneville Cabin (only 12 people in the cabin on this trip) or camp at Red Creek Campground (3 sites x 6 people each site for 18 people total).  The rest will have to backpack into Dolly Sods and set up camp due to new Forest Service rules, and do trail maintenance in Dolly Sods and Roaring Plains for the Monongahela National Forest Service! The trails and views are fabulous and of course we can rendezvous at the Forks and do some swimming and partying if you have enough energy left (or just go to the swimming hole up from the Cabin if you don't)! Summer is a great time to visit the "Sods" as Red Creek will "almost" not freeze you to death when you swim in it! By the end of the weekend you will be able to relive all the great sights and know everything about Dolly Sods, especially how much cooler it is up there in the Summer! The Huckleberries and Blueberries should almost be ready by then as well to enjoy as you walk the trails in the "High Country" and the Rhododendron may still be in bloom as well! We will do our normal feast on the mountain, so the food will be first rate.  Saturday/Sunday mornings will be bacon and pancakes and Saturday dinner will be a main course of fried turkey and mashed potatoes, or Chicken and Ribs BBQ, along with a killer dessert! People will need to bring some sides or another dessert or drinks, and everyone needs to help with the cooking and/or cleanup.  Normally the food contribution ends up being around $20 per person.  You will need to supply lunch on Saturday and Sunday is all.  So let's do our annual trail maintenance in Dolly Sods and put in a few new spiffy new trail signs like we did 5 years ago while we are at it and try to fix up Red Creek Trail so people don't keep getting lost coming down it!  In the process you will learn all there is to know of one of the finest Wilderness Areas in the United States, while making a few more great friends with great stories to boot! Please be in shape as Dolly Sods can be some of the toughest hiking in the East but we will vary the work crews to suit your fitness level. For the newbies, Laneville Cabin sleeps 12 but many of us prefer to sleep outside in our tents in the summer near Red Creek (and this year will have to backpack up Red Creek).  There is a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, running water/sink and a full bathroom with hot shower, so luxurious for a Wilderness Area!  Cabin or tent, the front porch is where we all linger far into the night and one of those memories you will remember for a long time...especially the cool Dolly Sods summer evenings (15-25 degrees less than the DC area)! So for your effort on Saturday you get 2 nights in a well-equipped cabin, give back to a great Wilderness while enjoying the coolest place to be in Summer in our area, help the backpacking and hiking community, and get a great party to boot!  Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome, so this is a family event as well.  Oh, the pictures you ask?  Check out some of the many Hidden Falls, Swimming Holes and Vistas you will get to enjoy as we did in year's past!  Pics here:

http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13192731/

and here:

http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13457820/

So enjoy the pics and get ready for one of our great summer extravaganzas on the mountain, Washington Backpackers Meetup Style in all it's glory!

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Laneville cabin GPS location:
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Link Google driving direction from Centreville Park&Ride:
http://goo.gl/maps/P8QB

Map of Dolly Sods and driving directions, information, and wilderness restrictions here:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5152038.pdf

Please print a copy of the map and bring it with you.

Weather: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.020266643861994&lon=-79.32609558105469#.UdwOODvQqeR

 Backpacking:

1.  PaulD- Leader

2.  Michael Portell Jr.- Leader

3.  Sara- Leader

4.  Brian- Leader

5.  Stacey

6.  Justin

7.  

8.  Molly

9.   Brian's son

10.  Emerald

 

Camp 2:

1.  Neal- Leader

2.  Neal's +1

3.  Ali- Leader

4.  Carlos Davila

5.  James T.

6.  Rick Bauer

 

Red Creek Campground:

1.  Kirsten- Leader

2.  Frank- Leader

3.  Amanda

4.  

5.  

6. 

7.  Bill

8.  Lily

9.   Lily's Husband

10.

 

Cabin:

1.  Jim- Could end up at any camp, lol!

2.  Kelly- Leader

3.  Kelly's +1

4.  Kelly's +2

5.  Nieri

6.  Samantha

7.  Bob Donati

8. 

 

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  • Rick B.

    Another well-planned, well-lead trip. Hiking the North Sods, Fireworks, great Bourbon, greater people, tons of laughs, food to die for, swimming in two great swim-holes, and I'd be remiss if I did not compliment all of the Ladies on the trip; they are truly gentle-people. See you next time!

    6 · July 14, 2014

    • Bryan

      It might be mine. I could potentially meet you you at Dunn Loring station some time if it is.

      July 17, 2014

    • Rick B.

      Send me an address, and I can mail it to you? [masked]

      July 17, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Another ho-hum amazing trail maintenance trip! Thanks to Kelly and Kirsten who worked so hard taking care of the cabin, food, and their respective groups, along with Super Paul for looking after the backpacking clan, and Mike, Brian, Sara, Ali, Frank, Amanda, and Neal for their leadership in making sure this trip ran smoothly, as you guys and gals made a big difference! Finally, loved all the new and old friends on this trip and look forward to sharing many more adventures together! See everyone in 10 days for Seneca Creek and finally back to Dolly Sods/Roaring Plains in September. Thanks everyone, you all made it great (again)! ;-)

    3 · July 15, 2014

    • Kelly

      I put the forks with your turkey knife, do u have that long knife?

      July 17, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Can't find any of the knives, including the turkey slicer (long knife), Kelly.

      July 17, 2014

  • Kirsten

    Thank you Jim for coordinating with the Forest Service to arrange this trip and leading the hike on Sunday to a wonderful swimming hole. A big thank you to my Blackbird Knob trail loppers team who widened the trail which we enjoyed on Sunday's hike.

    6 · July 14, 2014

    • Lily

      Hear hear! That was some great trail maintenance. Thanks!!!

      July 15, 2014

  • Lily

    Posting a bit later than I would like, but THANKS to all who made this an incredible weekend. Special shout out to Jim and Brian for a very delicious early Thanksgiving, and to Jim and all the other trip leaders who put in all the extra effort! Love all the photos too :) Special thanks to our resident photographers Jim and Carlos! See you all on the trails later this summer. I fully intend to return to Dolly Sods in a few weeks to claim all those blueberries though. Ha!

    2 · July 15, 2014

  • Amanda

    So much fun! I love our WB family. Nice to see everyone! Thank you Jim for all you do. You work so hard! Kirsten, you are the sweetest person ever-thanks for all your efforts as well!

    4 · July 14, 2014

  • James T.

    Thanks Jim for organization another great gathering and to you Kirsten for loaning me your lopper; trail never had a chance. Shot out to my group, "It's been 6 long days"; still LMAO, has to be the quote of the day. Everyone thanks for making work and play so much fun!! Till next time; PEACE to you all!

    July 14, 2014

  • Emerald

    Thanks to Jim, Kirsten, Kelly, Samantha, the rest of the kitchen crew, hike leaders, and everyone for their amazing organization, fantastic contributions, and wonderful company. I had a blast. It was so nice to have a chance to hang out and meet and get to know everyone. Hope to see you all on the trail again soon!

    3 · July 14, 2014

  • Frank

    Once again (my reviews on Jims' trips are starting to feel like deja-vu) thanks everyone for a very fun trip! Big thanks to Kirsten for making the RC campsite easy to find late Friday night. And big thanks to Jim for all the time and effort to pull off another successful trail-maintenance trip!

    4 · July 13, 2014

  • Bill

    On my war to Centreville. May be a little late.

    July 11, 2014

    • Lily

      I'm about ten mins late. Jim called and said that there's no one to coordinate carpool so I've been in officially designated to make sure everyone we're expecting gets a ride :) Will see you in a bit!

      July 11, 2014

    • Bill

      Ok

      July 11, 2014

  • Rick B.

    BTW, I'll be meeting with the group at Centreville @ 7:30 PM tomorrow; and I'm prepared to drive my Highlander, which can hold me + 4 + equipment.

    July 10, 2014

    • Lily

      Thanks! See you in a bit.

      July 11, 2014

    • Lily

      Hey Rick - I'm running about 10 mins behind. So sorry! See you soon and thank you!

      July 11, 2014

  • Ali

    Is anyone planning to leave earlier on Friday?

    July 8, 2014

    • Ali

      At Moorefield for a Sheetz stop. Heading over to red creek trailhead shortly

      July 11, 2014

    • Jim N.

      I won't be leaving until about 8 PM so see everyone Saturday morning unless you are still up at the cabin when I roll in about 1 AM!

      July 11, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Have to finish project at work. So do not wait for me. Other leaders are in charge for carpool like Michael. I will make sure they are prepared.

    July 11, 2014

    • Jim N.

      I am coming late tonight & will crash at cabin to get breakfast going in AM.

      July 11, 2014

    • Lily

      Good luck with the project Jim!!! Thanks for everything!!! See you tomorrow :)

      July 11, 2014

  • Lily

    Jim - So sorry! My husband's bailing. Work is too stressful for him so it'll be just me! Can you please switch me up to Group #2 backpacking if there's still room?

    July 11, 2014

  • Bill

    Do we need to bring our own work gloves?

    July 11, 2014

    • Sara

      Work gloves are provided.

      July 11, 2014

    • Bill

      I just saw the email from Jim. I guess I should have read it first. :)

      July 11, 2014

  • PaulD

    All backpackers, here is a map to the backpacking camp area: http://files.meetup.com/317560/Red%20Creek%20Backpacking%20Camp%20Map.png

    July 11, 2014

  • Kirsten

    For those at the R. C. Campground, I will bring a 2 burner Coleman cook stove; bacon and pancakes for breakfast Sat morn before we head to the cabin for our safety briefing.

    July 10, 2014

    • Ali

      Kirsten, is everyone who's not at the cabin camping at the campground on Friday (and the backpack groups backpack on Saturday)?

      July 11, 2014

    • Kirsten

      Ali, I believe that Jim has the groups divided due to Forest Service guidelines. The backpackers will backpack in on Friday night, walk back to the cabin for Sat morn breakfast, work, and dinner. Then, walk back Sate nite to their backpack camp. On Sun, they will backpack back to cabin for breakfast and hike or leave from the cabin. Unless someones plans change at the last minute, there will be spaces available for car camping at the Red Creek Campground. To lessen the breakfast crowd at the cabin on Sat morn, I am making a separate breakfast for the few of us up at the R.C. Campground.

      2 · July 11, 2014

  • Samantha

    Hey guys my ride had a last minute emergency. I would definitely appreciate a ride. Im in the DC area close to silver springs md. Thanks guys.

    July 10, 2014

    • Samantha

      I live close to piney branch. Whatever time is convenient for u guys I can be ready. My phone number is 2024876329. U can call or text me. Thks.

      July 10, 2014

    • Samantha

      Also is there a library or gas station around there to meet

      July 10, 2014

  • Lily

    We're meeting at 7:30 PM @ Centreville. Happy to drive since we have a SUV. Only potential issue is that we will have to leave right after breakfast on Sunday to get on conference call for meeting :(. If you're good with this, please feel free to hitch a ride!

    July 10, 2014

  • Bill

    I'll be backpacking. I think a spot just opened up.

    July 10, 2014

  • Saskia Grettel H.

    Giving up my spot. Unfortunately, we've been without power since Tuesday, just got home from work hoping it will be restored and nothing yet. Called power company and we might get power back by sat. Getting ready to go stay at a hotel with the family. Hope you all tons of fun.

    July 10, 2014

  • Lily

    I'm going to bring a watermelon to share too! At Trader Joe's right now.

    July 10, 2014

  • Bill

    If anybody decides not to backpack, I will take his spot backpacking. I meant to say "backpacking" instead of "camping" in my first post.

    July 10, 2014

  • Bryan

    I'll backpack in and bring a watermelon.

    June 28, 2014

    • Bryan

      Could I snag a ride with anyone to get from a metro stop like Wfc or Vienna to Cville PnR?

      July 10, 2014

  • Rick B.

    Camping, please. I'll bring flour tortillas and peanut butter?

    June 28, 2014

    • Rick B.

      Sure. See you at Centreville Park & Ride @ 7:30 tomorrow.

      July 10, 2014

    • Neal

      Okay, I'm thinking that we can park at Laneville cabin and backpack in the 1.1 miles to be close to the other group. Jim made a good recommendation to camp near the intersection of 560 and 508 but it's further out - some great views, too bad I'm missing the Fri hike out there to see the sunset and moon rise!

      July 10, 2014

  • TJ P.

    FYI just opened up two spots. This is usually a trip that I adore. I'll have to make it in the fall or the next time you do the event. Really hope some people hop on--it's a ton of fun. Dealing with some car issues unfortunately. Have fun!

    July 10, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Will miss you 2 TJ, sign up for the September trip!

      July 10, 2014

  • PaulD

    Nieri and I will be meeting in Leesburg between 5:30 and 6. We have room for one more if anyone wants to ride along. Must not mind a dog in the cargo area;-)

    July 10, 2014

  • Brian

    Backpacking in with my son if there's room. Bringing turkey and cole slaw. Also have a couple bottles of red wine.

    July 10, 2014

  • Lily

    Wow!!! Can't believe I got two spots!!! Eeeee!!! I've wanted to go with you guys on this trip for the last two years, and it's finally happening! We would like to meet at the Centreville parking lot at 7:30 PM. What's the situation on car camping vs. backpacking vs. cabin? Is there room for me and my husband in one of the three places? Prefer sleeping in our tent. A bit confused and late in the game and only two days to plan sides dishes... can someone please clarify? THANKS!!!

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • Sara

      Lily, there is definitely room for you and your husband to car camp at Red Creek Campground. With regards to backpacking, Jim will have to verify if there is still room for you to pack in about a mile upstream from the cabin and then set up camp as Wilderness regulations do not allow more than 10 people. Do you have a preference?

      July 10, 2014

    • Lily

      Great! We'll car camp then. Might be easier anyway since we won't arrive until late.

      July 10, 2014

  • Lily

    Will bring cucumber/tomato salad and a bottle of white wine.

    July 10, 2014

  • James T.

    Red Creek Campground

    July 9, 2014

    • James T.

      Didn't think about driving back from cabin area. Add me to backpacking, please

      July 9, 2014

  • Michael Portell J.

    I'll be backpacking in

    July 9, 2014

  • Kelly

    My two kids and I will stay in the cabin.

    July 9, 2014

  • Stacey

    Backpacking and will bring fruit and wine to share.

    July 9, 2014

  • Emerald

    Anyone leaving around 4 who wants to carpool? I can meet in Vienna or Centreville.

    July 9, 2014

  • James T.

    Anyone in the Woodbridge area want to leave around 2. I got room for one.

    July 9, 2014

  • Kelly

    I decided to bring plates, cups, napkins and plastic forks/knives.

    July 8, 2014

  • Molly

    Looking forward to a great weekend! I'll meet everyone at the Centreville Park and Ride at 7:30. How far will we need to backpack in from the cabin to tent?

    July 8, 2014

    • Jim N.

      1.1 miles up Red Creek Trail from the cabin Molly

      July 8, 2014

  • PaulD

    I'll be headed to red creek

    3 · June 27, 2014

    • PaulD

      Red creek. I want to try my new, water proof submersible tent that Kelley put me on to.

      July 8, 2014

    • Jim N.

      I thought I had one of those at Seneca Creek a couple years ago, but it ripped to shreds once it went submersible.

      1 · July 8, 2014

  • Kirsten

    Count me in for the Red Creek Campground. I will make the vegetarian sweet potato crock pot chili and chips for Saturday afternoon happy hour.

    1 · July 1, 2014

    • James T.

      In for Camp I'll bring assortment of fruits. Is it' car camping for Friday night?

      July 8, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Red Creek Campground is car camping James. PaulD is running backpacking camp on Red Creek, which is about a mile upstream from the Cabin.

      July 8, 2014

  • Rick B.

    Bryan,
    Filled with Bacardi 151? ;-)

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • Bryan

      A coconut seems more appropriate for this beverage... put the lime in the coconut, drink dem bot up.

      1 · July 7, 2014

  • craig l.

    Just got back in town and I have to pass on this. One of my favorites too.

    July 6, 2014

  • Kelly

    I will be coming on Friday, earlier than most of you. I will stay at the cabin, to help with that area.

    June 28, 2014

    • Nieri

      Kelly, let me know if you would like additional help at the cabin. I can also stay w/ you and keep you company.

      July 7, 2014

    • Kelly

      :) see you there!

      July 7, 2014

  • Bill

    I will camp and bring macaroni salad.

    July 7, 2014

  • James T.

    I'm much lighter now & on new wheels. I got single barrel & honey JD.

    July 7, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Will be doing fried turkey for dinner on this trip.

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Alison

    In the process of moving. Someone else enjoy!

    July 6, 2014

  • Emerald

    Backpacking and bringing cornbread or cake.

    July 2, 2014

  • Sara

    Backpack in and bring veggies or salad. Oh and I will remember an alarm clock this year :-)

    July 2, 2014

  • Samantha

    Hey guys. Ill stay in the cabin and help with clean up. Ill bring wine, and gluten free pancakes

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Rebecca D.

    Spot open :-(

    June 28, 2014

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