UPDATE 11/4. Here are some details about the car camping trip.
1.) There is a 5.00 fee per car to enter the park. Go to the visitor center to pay and receive a copy of the park map. EVERYONE is responsible for getting a map. I will provide you with the Saturday's hiking map. See below.
2.) Meet at 10:00am at the Oak Ridge Campground on Saturday, November 17th. Each site is $20.00 and you can have two tents per site. (max of 6 people) I plan to arrive on Friday 11/16 around 5:30pm ish and stay in the B-section of the campground. I will not be hard to find. I drive a blue mini-van with PATC sticker on the back. Arrive at the campground to check out the sites and to meet others who may be willing to share a campsite and the cost. You can also choose to camp solo on a site as well. You will need to go back to the visitor center to get a camping permit. Bringing cash for the campsite will help. I will NOT be handling any money. Other information:
*Although this is a car camping trip, you actually sleep in a tent. Sleeping the car in the winter can be dangerous...ie freezing and running the car engine while you sleeping can kill you.
* Please do not plan to sleep in a Cartoon Character sleeping bag, these bags are not intended for winter use. The degree of bag you choose will depend on the weather.
* Please read and be aware the Park Supervisor's memo about the rules of the park. You are responsible to obey all the rules and regulations. http://www.nps.gov/prwi/parkmgmt/upload/PRWI-Compendium-12.pdf
3.) Food. There will be nothing provided for you. You are responsible for bringing your own food, stoves and cookware. I am however encouraging people to bring food to share around the campfire on Saturday night. On past trips people have brought "finger foods". If you plan to eat, please plan to bring something for the group. It is only fair.
4.) DRESS. This is winter camping and you must have winter clothing. Hat, gloves, jacket and boots are must. Please use common sense.
5.) After discussing the hike with Kirsten, we decided to offer a 7 mile hike on Saturday . The hike will start at 11:15 AM sharp. We will carpool to the trailhead from the campsite. It is also easy to add more miles if the group chooses to do so. To make things easier we will be hiking the trail described on the hikingupward site. Please see this link: http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/PrinceWilliam/ . If you feel like you are not in shape for 7 miles don't worry, this is a large group so there will be people going slowly, Kirsten or I will sweep so we will not leave anyone behind. This is considered on the easy side for a hike.
6.) We are going to remain flexible on Sunday's hike. Some people will want to go home, some will want to stay. We have time to discuss this on Saturday night. I would like to get home at a decent time on Sunday.
7.) Please check the meetup site regularly for updates. RAIN will cancel the trip...snow may not :) My cell number is[masked]-0216.
8.) Please make yourself aware of the Washington DC Liability Wavier posted on this meetupsite. You are responsible for you own safety. I would like to have a list of people who are attending and an emergency contact number. I will ask you to sign in. This is for the safety of all. I WILL destroy the names and numbers at the end of the hike and I will NOT be calling you.
If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for your cooperation ahead of time. If your plans change please remove yourself from the list there are many people on the waiting list.