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3 Hikes Weekend, Backpacking 101/Gear Swap!

  • Sep 27, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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This is a 3-for-1 weekend on the mountain!

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.

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!

Lastly, since we will be car camping bring your gear for a Gear Swap. Please use the Comments to post what you may bring or what you are looking for.

Strickler Knob info is here:

Big Schloss is here:

and Tibbet Knob is here:

Please print off a copy of each map and trail description and bring it with you in a zip lock bag.

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 Fall 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. This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before those dreaded bugs come out and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for Spring!

Finally here is the menu with participants paying their share (budget about $10-15 for group meals/drinks):

Cattle Drive Menu for Saturday Breakfast and Dinner:

Main Vittles: Roundup BBQ Ribs, Cattle Drive Chili, Chuck wagon/Burrito Casserole

Sidekicks & Soppers: Cast Iron Cornbread, Cowboy potatoes, Tortilla chips and Salsa

Cowboy Sweets: Denver Chocolate Pudding Cake, Down Home Peach Cobbler or Side Saddle Cherry Cobbler (smaller 10" DO).

If leftovers on fruit cobblers, we can have with breakfast.

Chuck Wagon Sunrise Pancakes, bacon/sausage & Jim's Cinnamon Pecan Ring

Brew: Water, Cowboy Coffee and Tea; Margaritas & Sangria (extra charge for these).

For a discussion of gear and list of equipment click here:

and a gear list here:

This event is cross-posted with the Washington Backpacker's Meetup Group, so let's saddle up for a great 3 Hikes Car Camping/Backpacking 101/Gear Swap up on the mountain!

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  • Jim N.

    I will be at the Centreville park and ride (14700 Lee Hwy. Centreville, VA) at 7:30 PM if anyone wants to carpool. I will leave from my home in Parkton, MD about 5:35 PM if anyone needs a ride on the way down. Call me on my cell at[masked] if you wish to connect.

    September 27, 2013

  • Walter L.

    Sincerest apologies. I have to cancel. It seems I tore something in the bottom of my foot hiking last week. I thought it would go away by now but it's not.
    Congrats to those on the waiting list!

    September 26, 2013

  • Walter L.

    I was planning on doing a hike/camp that weekend already. wasn't sure where I might like to go though. This is right on time!

    September 17, 2013

    • Walter L.

      I have some parental responsibilities in the AM but I'm off Friday and (provided I'm all packed up) should be able to get there before noon to claim a spot. With the good weather this time of year, I'm wondering about the competition for camp sites.

      September 24, 2013

    • Walter L.

      ... and I'm in on the food.

      September 24, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Please let me know if you are in for the meals. We will share the cost, and would estimate it at $20-25 per head, hopefully less.

    September 23, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Weather looks great for this weekend, sunny with highs of 77 and lows around 50! Here:

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Denise

    Hi M. R.


    September 21, 2013

  • Erica

    Are dogs welcome?

    September 18, 2013

    • Jim N.

      As long as they are well behaved with a crowd Erica.

      September 18, 2013

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