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3 Hikes Weekend: Rendezvous On the Mountain To Learn (101) or for Fun!

  • Dec 7, 2012 · 8:00 PM
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Here's a rough outline of this weekend's schedule.

Friday:

Eat dinner on your way in.

Arrive at camp.

Set-up tents

Get warm by the fire and drink hot chocolate.

Saturday.

Classic American breakfast: coffee, OJ, eggs, sausage, toast or bagels, hash browns.

Climb Big Schloss (4.1 miles at a[masked] mph pace) and take in the amazing views from the top of gigantic rock fortress.

Lunch: Bring your own lunch and eat at the top.

Return to camp.

Proceed to Tibbet Knob (3.1 miles at a[masked] pace).

Return to camp.

Gather firewood. We'll need plenty of it to keep us warm at night and with some to spare for Sunday morning

Build fire

Dinner: Dutch-oven Brunswick stew & smores.

Sunday.

Hobo breakfast - tin-foil wrapped meals that we'll cook in the fire.

Strike camp.

Drive to Strickler Knob and begin hike (9.1 mile hike at a[masked] pace). Pack your lunches and snacks for the hike.

Restaurant dinner.

Drive home.

The meals are optional and you're all welcome to bring your own food. However, if you are interested in the group meals, I need to know as soon as possible. The estimated cost will be about $15-20 per person depending on the number of people. You will still need to bring your own lunches and trail snacks.

Get back to me ASAP with a "Yes" or "No" to the group dinner.

Sincerely,

Joey Leoncio



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. If we have some strong hikers come out, we can organize the classic 21 mile loop in the area as well. 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/ 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 a beginning 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.....or beg for more! This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before Christmas and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for many more great times together!

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  • Beau

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117263866738630108289/albums/5819987235946968673
    Here are a few of the pictures, they should be downloadable. The file size is pretty massive though

    1 · December 9, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Great pics Beau!

      December 12, 2012

    • Sara

      Yes! you captured the one I wanted on the ridge. Thanks so much!

      December 12, 2012

  • Vince

    Thanks for the fun weekend. Great company, good food. Looking forward to next trip.

    1 · December 10, 2012

  • Sara

    It was nice to see some familiar faces and some new ones. Thanks Joey for leading us through the weekend and many thanks to Yvonne for spoiling us rotten with her delicious cooking.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, great company, great food! Looking forward to our next trip together.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Joe L.

    Wonderful group! Thanks to everyone for helping out with all the camp chores, the lively conversation, and for sharing in this fun experience! Everyone had a great attitude in spite of getting dumped on by the rain. I sure had fun and we sure were lucky to have such warm weather!!! Yvonne, special thanks to you for all the effort you made to keep us all well-fed!

    December 9, 2012

  • Michelle A.

    Awesome December weekend for some fun outdoor time with friends! Great food (campfire stew), superb event host, lots of laughs with great stories! Thank you everyone for a fabulous time!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Rachel

    A really fun weekend. Exquisite food (thanks Joey and Yvonne), great views, fun company, and wonderful leadership by Joey.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Steven C.

    Excellent cooked meals, well planned

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Michelle A.

    Awesome weekend! Thanks everyone for a fantastic time.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Joe L.

    I shopping for food In Reston. I'll arrive closer to 6pm.

    December 7, 2012

  • Jim N.

    If anyone has a tarp or 2 and some rope, it would help keep the firewood dry and give people a place to get out of any rain you may have.

    December 7, 2012

  • Joe L.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.92349291735117&lon=-78.68940353393555 Slight chance of rain, but I'm not worried about it. We'll be ok. Just make sure you bring something to wear in a light rain. I always carry my windbreaker for the rain when I hike. In camp, I'll have an umbrella.

    December 6, 2012

  • Joe L.

    Just out of curiosity, what kind of gear is everyone bringing?

    December 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry!!! I'm slow! It's been a long day!

      December 5, 2012

    • Joe L.

      Thanks to Jim, in addition to all the cookware that he's letting us borrow, we'll have two saws and a water filter.

      December 5, 2012

  • Steven C.

    To J. Newman- I will drive directly to the camp site and will arrive at 5 PM Friday. From Google maps I see a looping unpaved road off of Wolf Gap Rd at the West VA state line. Please confirm that this is the location. I will choose a site to pitch my tent.

    December 5, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Steven, that is the location, right at the top of the mountain. If you go into WV, you just passed the campground. Joey is the leader on this trip so you can coordinate with him as I believe he is going early as well.

      December 5, 2012

    • Joe L.

      Steven, welcome aboard! I'll get there around 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

      December 5, 2012

  • Michelle A.

    All, make sure to check the weather before you go :) http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/Edinburg+VA+USVA0245:1:US Temperature-wise the weather looks great! An in the mtns its always 10-20 degrees colder. Also, note the chance of rain Sunday so bring rain gear.

    December 5, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      I think well be safe, its car camping ;)

      December 5, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      I cant wait to meet you and for more of these "campfire" stories :)

      1 · December 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Small group heading out this time!

    December 5, 2012

    • Beau

      It has been a very busy week and I have not had much time to do much else. I look forward to a relaxing weekend and meeting everyone!

      December 5, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Only 9 campsites so you don't want a big trip AJ, plus it gives everyone time to get to know one another and we just had a newbie trip a couple weeks ago.

      December 5, 2012

  • Rachel

    I'm carless, so I'll need to share a ride with someone (I will reimburse for gas costs). I live west of Columbia Heights so I can meet anywhere near there or also easily from any metro station. I'm not working Friday afternoon, so I can leave any time, late or early!

    December 3, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Rachel, you're welcome to ride with Sara and me. Im grabbing her at the Pentagon City metro at 4pm. Will that work for you?

      December 4, 2012

    • Rachel

      That would be wonderful. 4 p.m. is fine with me...it'll be nice to arrive on the early side. I'll send you a message with my phone #, so you have it.

      December 4, 2012

  • Joe L.

    Hey all, I thought we could start talking about some of the basics before our trip next weekend.
    1. Shelter - Bring tents if you have them, or find someone to share. You can find cheap tents at Wal-mart for like $30. That's pretty basic. Make sure you have a sleeping pad. This is important because the ground is going to be freezing cold. Since we're car camping and weight isn't an issue, I highly recommend bringing an extra blanket/comforter. I'm bringing two!
    2. Water - The distances aren't very far. 2 liters/ quarts should be enough.
    3. Food - This will require the most discussion so I'll post in a later thread.
    4. Fire - More importantly - firewood! Without wood, we can't make fire. Without fire, we can't cook and we can't keep warm. I'll try to arrive early on Friday afternoon to have a fire going when everyone arrives. It would be great if anyone else could lend me a hand. On Saturday, we'll continue the fire-gathering operation en masse.

    1 · November 30, 2012

    • Sara

      Joey, count me in for fire duties :-)

      1 · November 30, 2012

    • Joe L.

      Thanks, Sara!

      December 1, 2012

  • Emily

    Looks like a great trip! Any chance of a waitlist?

    November 30, 2012

    • Emily

      Yay! I'm signed up! Thanks!

      November 30, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Welcome....thanks for letting me know there was no waitlist....not perfect...but try to get close! ;-)

      November 30, 2012

  • Matt

    Hey Jim. This trip looks exciting, but am I reading correctly? It's a 21 mile loop on Saturday and then 9 miles on Sunday? I'm doing the beginner hike this weekend at mudhole, so I'll make sure to find the time to discuss then before RSVPing.

    November 22, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      No - there is an *option* for a 21 mi loop, but the planned hikes are much shorter.

      November 22, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Matt the links to the hike descriptions are above in the writeup. In essence you will do 2 x 4.5 mile hikes on Sat. one in AM and the other in the afternoon. On Sunday morning you break camp (and it is car camping) and drive across the Shenandoah Valley to Rte. 211 and go to Strickler Knob trail head for a 10 mile hike if you are up to it. If not, you get to go home early. It is designed for you to get used to camping in cold weather to check out your equipment and learn what equipment you need to backpack successfully and to check out your physical conditioning for backpacking and hiking with the group. Beyond that, this is just a fun, inexpensive weekend with really good people.

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I am in a similar boat as Rita. I'm a newbie when it comes to Backpacking but have hiked on and off for years. I do have most of the BP gear (spite not actually having a chance to use it yet). I was just curious, if this is truly a "newbie" type of trip or not. Please let me know your thoughts... Hope to see you all out there soon!

    November 26, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Also, It's just a car camping trip, not backpacking, I believe. But well ne talkin about gear etc.

      November 27, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      It is car camping, with some short hikes to get used to the idea of camping and hiking without ending up way out in the woods without everything you need.

      November 27, 2012

  • Joffrey P.

    Sadly, this weekend is turning into the perfect storm of "can't go". Make sure Joey does his push-ups on every peak.

    1 · November 26, 2012

  • Vince

    Will be driving from Frederick, MD past Charlestown,WV if anyone needs a ride.

    November 26, 2012

  • Rita

    Jim- My backpacking exp. is very limited and I'm not sure when/where is a good time to learn. I have basic equip., but no tent or stove. Is there a pre-meeting or check list to see if I can join this trip?

    November 19, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Rita, no problem with not having a tent, we all have to start somewhere :) Plenty of room with you in my 3/4 person tent with Sara and I. It will be snug but warmer with multiple bodies. Its technically a 4 person tent per the specs. One thing you want is a sleeping pad, do you have one of those? Walmart has foam ones for pretty cheap that are good (Jims fav).

      November 19, 2012

    • Rita

      Argh #&%.... I have a class that weekend :( Jim & all - hope to catch up with you on another beginner friendly hike soon! Have car camped in Assateague, backpacked in SNP once and kayak camped in northern Maine, so learning curve is minimal - just don't own the "stuff" yet. :)

      November 20, 2012

  • Michelle A.

    Love this area! Jim, is it cool if I camp both nights but only hike on Sunday? I will run off to horse back ride on Saturday morning and be back in the afternoon.

    November 19, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Sara, that works great, it will be good to see/hike with you again! I could also get you from Pentagon city metro and you can drive with me. If that works for you

      November 19, 2012

    • Sara

      Michelle, hike, tent, ride with you? What else could I ask for? Yes, let's do it again :)

      1 · November 19, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Leo and Vince welcome aboard....I always have a blast on this trip and hope both of you do as well

    November 19, 2012

  • Joffrey P.

    Hmm. If there's no snow for me to play in that weekend, I may do this, shooting for that 21mi loop :)

    November 19, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      Probably, but I'm really hoping to get snow under my feet that weekend!

      1 · November 19, 2012

    • Jim N.

      So am I!

      November 19, 2012

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