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New Year's Eve Morning Hike

  • Dec 31, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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This is a hike for any skill level. Bring snacks for the trail and join us afterwards at Highacres for hot cider and cookies.

I have led roughly 150 hikes with various groups. My leadership style is different from most hike leaders. Details are below.

HIKING REQUIREMENT: For your safety each hiker must have this map while hiking. CLICK. CLICK AGAIN ON PRINT TOPO MAP. PRINT. BRING.

HIKING EXPECTATIONS: There are normally a mix of those who have hiked with me b4 and those who have not. Hikers may initially know no one but that changes quickly and we ALWAYS have a great time.

Most hike 6-10 miles; faster hikers may cover 12-14 miles.If there are problems along the trail, we ask all hikers to help each other. Otherwise hike at a pace which works for you; break when you want. We will spend time understanding the trail, the blazes we'll follow, and where to look for arrows the fastest hiker puts along the way. The slowest hiker picks them up on the way back.

HIKING TRAIL: Maryland Heights is another of those must-do hikes in the metro area. With a spectaculaar view of Harpers Ferry from the main overlook, and steeped in Civil War history, this is a favorite for many. The main ridge at Maryland Heights has the ruins of Union Civil War forts, trenches, gunpowder magazines, and infantry encampments; most have descriptive signage.

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DRIVING INFORMATION: I will meet everyone at Highacre's Cabin in the heart of Harper's Ferry, I will send specific directions a few days before the hike. When you RSVP indicate whether you need a ride or can offer rides.Use www.wmata.com to assure you arrive on time. Also consider Amtrak.com or W VA Marc may be helpful.

RSVP ETIQUETTE: Change your yes or waitlisted RSVP to no before Wednesday if your plans change. It's unfortunate but if you are a No Show or continually change your RSVP after Wednesday before a hike, you may not be welcome on my future hikes. Managing who actually shows up is a frustrating challenge. I absolutely understand that life sometimes gets in the way but please be respectful of both waitlisted hikers and my time and energy planning your successful adventure.

DONATION and FEE: Please take into account $1 to help defray Meet Up costs and $4 FOR CHARITY when deciding about this hike. Donations are given to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club www.PATC.net which maintains our hiking trails. PATC is a non-profit, tax exempt public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

SAFETY: When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card, cash, headlamp & whistle.

YOUR PICTURE: Smile, click. I require a picture of each hiker for emergencies so don't be surprised when I take your picture

HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS are important.

HIKING POLES are helpful. My favorite are Black Diamond.

WATER: ALWAYS bring more than you think you need.

FOOD: It's important to have healthy snacks to munch as you hike. Also bring your lunch so you may stop along the way, eat it and perhaps enjoy a spectacular view.

CAMERA: But of course!!

HUMOR: An absolute must.

PETS: Not allowed on this hike

Call or email questions (before 9pm)

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  • Jayne Hiking A.

    I too was disappointed in the turnout for our hike and agree with Paul, those who came were fun. Eight attended and most were able to traverse the icey, icey trail.

    January 1, 2013

  • Paul B.

    Pretty good! But small. I was hoping for more people! But at least the crowd that appeared was fun.

    December 31, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    I am so very sorry PARKING HAS CHANGED. There is no room at our cabin. The map I want u to bring is from Hiking Upward. Park where they suggest. Look at a driving map to be sure u understand how you get to parking. Give yourself extra time as we will leave there promptly at 10:30

    December 29, 2012

  • Veronica

    ~ I am sorry but I must cancel the hike with the group on the 31st. One of my pets was scheduled yesterday to have surgery on the morning of the 31st. He is priority! :-)

    I am sure you'll have lots of fun and great pictures to share with the rest of us. Happy New Year to Eeeeeeeverybody!!! :-)

    December 29, 2012

  • Mark B.

    how many miles is this hike and what type of terain

    December 28, 2012

    • Jayne Hiking A.

      Mark I'm confused by your question. All that information is in the link in the hikingupward.com details I've provided plus the RSVP are now closed. Sorry

      December 29, 2012

    • Jayne Hiking A.

      Octavia. If you are no longer attending be sure to change your RSVP from yes to no

      December 29, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    I just emailed driving directions. If you did not receive them email me at [masked] and I will try again.

    December 27, 2012

  • Jayne Hiking A.

    Please, please change your RSVP if your plans have changed as this is a popular hike.

    December 14, 2012

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