New Meeting: Hike & Camp; Southern Shenandoah National Park with Tidewater ATC

From: Matt
Sent on: Saturday, March 22, 2008 5:51 PM
Announcing a new meeting for Tidewater Hampton Roads Camping & Outdoor Adventures!

What: Hike & Camp; Southern Shenandoah National Park with Tidewater ATC

When: Friday, April 4, 5:00 PM

Event fee: USD3.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: This is a good trip for anybody with their own gear who feels comfortable with hikes that are 10 to 13 miles a day and/or generally have at least one day with major elevation gain and loss.

Meeting Description:
The president of the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club (TATC), is also a member of our group Mark Wenger, AKA "Animal", will be leading a trip April 4 - 6, Friday Evening through Sunday on the Appalachian Trail (Southern Shenandoah National Park) and has graciously opened the trip to Tidewater Hampton Roads Camping & Outdoor Adventures Members. Out of respect for Mark and the planning involved in a trip like this, if you don't think you can make the trip, RSVP NO. That said, try to make this trip. It promises to be a nice hike & camp weekend. The details follow. If you have any questions, e-mail Mark and I'm sure he'll be happy to answer them. Thanks, Mark!


The following is Animal's own subjective rating system for you to consider when you want to sign up for one of these trips:

Easy - These hikes are less than 10 miles a day and/or generally moderate elevation gain and loss.
Moderate - These hikes are 10 to 13 miles a day and/or generally have at least one day with major elevation gain and loss.
Strenuous - These hikes are more than 13 miles a day and/or major elevation gain and loss each day.

Rules of the Trips:
Courtesy and respect are paramount. That is how we treat each other and those we meet such as hunters, day trippers, etc...

At times we need people to drive and expect each person to volunteer as needed.

Costs of shuttle and gas is expected to be shared.

Everyone is expected to be responsible for their own food, clothing, shelter, etc...

Practice "Leave No Trace". To the greatest extent possible pack out what you pack in and be gentle on the land.

Children (17 and under) are welcome but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dogs are welcome if the trail allows them but they must have an adult responsible for them. Vicious and unfriendly dogs are never welcome.

This is an adult group so the language may be colorful and alcohol in moderation is fine. However, if it is illegal at home it is illegal on the trail.

We go regardless of the weather.

Our primary goal is fun, friendship and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Costs: The only out of pocket expenses would be to pay your share of the gas and any meals to and from the site.

Call me or E-mail me if you have any questions and if you are planning on going on the hike.

Mark Wenger (Animal), will be the leader on this trip. Trip details::

Mark J. Wenger (Animal)[masked] (H) [address removed] We will leave from Williamsburg around 5:00PM Friday and pick up anyone in Richmond on the way. We will eat a quick dinner on the road and drive to the Appalachian Trail head parking at Blackrock Gap and hike 1/2 mile north on the AT to Blackrock Gap Shelter and camp. On Saturday we will hike south 15 miles via the north and south Moorman River trails to the AT and then on to Calf Mountain Shelter and camp. On Sunday we will hike 12 miles north on the AT back to the cars and head for home. Call for further information.

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