New Meetup: Hike, Camp & learn to Rappel (optional) - Old Rag

From: Matt
Sent on: Monday, April 13, 2009 9:30 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Tidewater Hampton Roads Camping & Outdoor Adventures!

What: Hike, Camp & learn to Rappel (optional)

When: May 1,[masked]:00 PM

donation: $3.00 1st time attendees

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Rules of the Trip: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RAPELL TO GO ON THIS TRIP!!! Your only cost is a share of gas and any food/meals you choose to purchase.

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

Courtesy and respect are paramount. That is how we treat each other and those we meet on our travels...

Costs of gas is expected to be shared.

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. I teach rappelling to Scouts and other youth groups.

This trail does not allow dogs.

This is an adult run group so alcohol in moderation is fine, but only at the campsite please! Remember too, if it is illegal at home it is illegal on the trail.

Date: Friday evening May 1 ? Sunday May 3, 2009

RSVP: It is important that all people going let me know by that Monday before the trip.

Departure: We will depart from the Peninsula at 7:30pm Friday night and arrive about 11pm. We will meet at the Burger King on Rt. 17, Newport Square Shopping Center and carpool from that point. You can MapQuest it at 830 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA. We will stop at the rest area just west of Richmond if any of you from that area would like to meet us there.

This is always a great hike, and Rick knows Old Rag like the back of his hand! There are nine people signed up already, and eleven spots still open. Sign up now!!

Friday Night: We will hike 1 mile in the dark up the mountain and camp. While I know you will have water for the hike on Saturday be sure to bring some water as needed for breakfast first thing Saturday morning.

Saturday: Pack light as we all will need to take a turn carrying the rappelling gear (ropes, etc) which I will provide. I have all of the gear needed (ropes, harnesses, etc); I prefer to teach using my own gear as I know the use/history. You don't need extra gear. Saturday morning we will continue about a mile or so to the rappelling site. The terrain above "treeline" is over, under, around, and through boulders ranging from fist to house size-a true playground. We will spend the bulk of the day at the rappelling site. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RAPELL TO GO ON THIS TRIP!!! That evening we will bushwack down the ridge approximately 100 yards for water. Bring a large, stowable, lightweight container if possible since this is the only water till Sunday. All water should be filtered and treated. Then we will hike about a mile to the campsite for the night.

Sunday: We will hike 5 miles all downhill back to the car(s). Then we can go out to lunch or make lunch and head home.

Other: It is assumed you know what kind of gear you need to bring but if you have any questions please give me a call. We practice Leave No Trace so whatever you pack in pack it out. There are no privies so follow standard sanitary practices for the woods.

If you have any questions give me a call or e-mail; Rick Hancock[masked] cell, [address removed]

Remember: 1st time attendees of our group (and their guests) pay $3.00 (one time only) to keep our web site alive. We do this on the honor system, so BE HONORABLE. Just click the PayPal button, pay once, and forget it forever.

We go regardless of the weather.

Our primary goal is fun, friendship and enjoyment of the outdoors! This trip is rated EASY to MODERATE, with the total hike being less than eight miles.

The following is a subjective rating system for you to consider when you want to sign up for this trip:

Easy - Hiking less than 5 miles a day and generally moderate elevation gain and loss.
Moderate - Hiking 6 to 15 miles a day and/OR at least one day with major elevation gain and loss.
Strenuous - Hiking more than 16+ miles a day and/OR major elevation gain and loss each day.

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