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The Potomac Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) (www.amcpotomac.org (http://www.outdoors.org/chapters/potomac/index.cfm)) was established in 1984. It is the southernmost of 12 regional AMC chapters. Its 3,000 members live mainly in Maryland and northern Virginia, as well as in the District of Columbia. Members are encouraged to participate in and assist in the management of the chapter’s activities.

Chapter activities include day-hiking, backpacking, paddling, biking and social get-togethers. In addition, the chapter organizes various conservation initiatives and work-days, engages in non-partisan conservation activism, and offers education and leadership opportunities. Our chapter’s outings are open to the public. Almost all chapter outings do not require AMC membership, although it is encouraged.

Chapter members receive the award-winning “AMC Outdoors” magazine 10 times per year, a chapter newsletter, and other AMC benefits including discounts at AMC facilities and events. For more information about the AMC, go to http://www.outdoors.org ; click here (https://bushwhack.outdoors.org/secure/membership-register-dc-signup-form.shtml) to join.

For your own protection during this period of the Covid-19 virus, the AMC Potomac Chapter has initiated some new requirements for conducting and registering for our outdoor activities. These include:

1. All AMC Potomac Chapter Leaders receiving training on how best to conduct the various types of activities we provide in a safe, secure manner considering the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. Tracking the Covid-19 restriction status for the area where the activity will be conducted and CANCELLING the activity if local government Covid-19 restrictions forbid group activities, etc.

3. Limiting activities to no more than 10 people (with one of them being the Leader)

4. Requiring formal registration on the AMC's Activities Database web site (that is not the Chapter Meetup site) - if not registered and approved by the activity Leader, you will not be allowed to join the group at the activity's location. You now will also be completing the AMC liability waiver online with this registration so we don't have to be passing around a form that everyone has touched.

5. Requiring everyone attending our activities to have and wear a medical or 2-layer cloth face mask for situations where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. We will strive to conduct all activities to fulfill social distancing requirements.

We hope you will join us on one of our safely planned and conducted activities in these trying times. Let's get outdoors - but safely !!!

Ken
Organizer
AMC Potomac Chapter Meetup

Upcoming events (5)

CRANBERRY BACKCOUNTRY/WILDERNESS WV BIKE-PACKING (2C32)

Monongahela National Forest - Cranberry Mountain Nature Center

Backpacking trips in our chapter require registration on the Activities Database. Please follow this link to do so: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/116199&act=4 This two night bike-packing trip consists of an out and back ride on Forest Road 102 and Forest Road 76 in the Cranberry Backcountry along a pretty stream. These Forest Service roads are the border of the Cranberry Wilderness Area. We start at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center and then drive nearby to the Forest Road 102 trailhead. We will bike with gear for two nights as far as we want to find a good campsite. There are Adirondack style shelters all along this route. We will base camp for both nights. On Saturday we will continue away on the forest service road as far as the Cranberry Campground and return to camp for Saturday night. Return to Cranberry Mountain Nature Center Sunday morning. There will be plenty of time to swim and have an optional hike into the wilderness area. Helmets, gloves, high visibility vest, spare tube & repair parts required along with backpacking gear that you can safely carry riding a bike. Mountain or Hybrid bikes only. Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time for looking around and relaxing.

Maryland AT Section Hike - Route 40 to Annapolis Rock and back

Annapolis Rock Parking on US 40

This is a gentle but continuous uphill climb of 2.2 miles each way to a beautiful overlook. Leader likes a slow but steady pace. Group size is limited to 10 with 3 leaders and 7 participants. Register via this link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/119073 To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Potomac Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Easy: Reasonable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but the trip is designed for those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than the relaxed rating, but with generous breaks. You will need a day pack with room for 2 liters of water, snacks that you can eat while you walk and room to store rain gear or a jacket you may take off it it gets warm. Bring a headlamp. We plan to be very careful to protect each other from getting Covid-19 by always maintaining 6' of distance and will likely wear masks all the time. You must also have hand sanitizer on your person to use frequently. If you arrive and appear unwell we will send you home for the safety of the group. Please do not come if you are ill. Contact the leader so someone on the waiting list can get your spot.

Hike the Seneca Bluffs Trail in Seneca Creek State Park

Seneca Creek State Park

We will meet at the Montevideo Road Trailhead and do an out and back of about 5 miles. We should get some views of Seneca Creek below along the way. This trail is also used by mountain bikers, so we'll need to remain alert. Please bring two liters of water, snacks, and a small flashlight or headlamp. The park charges a small entry fee. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Potomac Chapter Leader. Here is the registration link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/119089 You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use.

Family hiking on the Maryland AT at Raven Rock Trailhead. Age 10+/ Pet friendly.

This novice level out and back hike starts with a stream crossing and then a gentle uphill climb through a forest and then across an open grassy meadow before reentering the forest. We will travel at a slow pace 1-1/2 to 2 miles and turn around and return to our cars. Children have to be accompanied by a parent and dogs must be on a leash. Group size is limited to 10 with 3 leaders and 7 participants. Register on this link: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/119065 To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Potomac Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Relaxed: Suitable for most active participants with full mobility and participants new to the activity described. Expect to be actively on the move for about 3 hours/day. You may be on the trail, slopes or water for a longer time, but there will be plenty of rest breaks. You will need a day pack with room for 2 liters of water, snacks that you can eat while you walk and room to store rain gear or a jacket you may take off it it gets warm. You may need water shoes to get across the stream at the start of the hike. Bare feet crossing is not acceptable. We plan to be very careful to protect each other from getting Covid-19 by always maintaining 6' of distance and will likely wear masks all the time. You must also have hand sanitizer on your person to use frequently. If you arrive and appear unwell we will send you home for the safety of the group. Please do not come if you are ill. Contact the leader so someone on the waiting list can get your spot. Contact the leader if you have any questions.

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