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We love the Great Outdoors and explore it through many different hikes, backpacking tours and skiing events.

Join us on the trails in the mountains, the forests and the woods. Breathe deeply of the fresh air and feel nature's healing powers. With easy banter, camaraderie, some socializing over food and drink all in our world will be ok.

We value fellowship and camaraderie, practice good hiking etiquette by taking breaks as necessary and have one guide in front with a "sweeper" in the back in order to leave no hiker alone. We are very supportive of each other, focus on trail safety and practice Leave No Trace ethics.

DISCLAIMER/Liability Waiver: The Blue Mountain Hiking Club (BMHC) and its Leaders and Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending” you are confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and you will not hold any hike leader/organizer, participant, BMHC member, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. You are fully responsible for yourself and any person under the age of eighteen you bring with you on any hike or event.

Upcoming events (4)

6.2 Miles on Manassas Battlefield Park

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The second of two great hikes in the Manassas Battlefield Park the Second Manassas Trail (6.2 miles) is slightly longer than the First Manassas Trail (5.3 miles). This loop passes several historic landmarks including the Groveton Confederate Cemetery and the battles at Deep Cut. Find all details for this beautiful easy hike here: https://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/ManassasGroveton/ Please be sure to bring 2 liters of water, a snack, suncream and/or rain gear, and your preferred application for tick control. We observe social distancing and out of courtesy for our fellow hikers we carry with us a face mask in case it is needed. After the hike, we hang around for some socializing with some libation in red cups and a sandwich. So, don't forget to bring a chair. Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/

Tar Jacket Ridge & Cold Mountain Backpack

141 W Lee Hwy

Join us for a four-day excursion into the heart of Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here are the links and description of a trip that will be co-led by John Hagarty and Charlie Kackley: https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/TarJacketRidge/ https://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/ColdMountain/ Tar Jacket Ridge + Cold Mountain 3-night backpack (20.7 miles & 4,640 ft) Day 1 * Drive to the trailhead (Hog Camp parking) * Backpack AT to campsite at North Fork 5.5 miles Day 2 * Backpack AT to Lovingston Spring Trail (LST) junction * BP LST to AT * BP AT back to Hog Camp campsite (visit cars for more supplies) 10 miles Day 3 * BP AT to the junction with blue blaze trail (this is reverse of loop in Hiking Upward) * Get water at Cowcamp Gap Shelter * BP blue blaze trail to “prettiest backcountry campsite” 4.5 miles Day 4 * BP blue blaze trail to Hog Camp parking 1.5 miles * Drive home We will meet at 141 W Lee Highway, Warrenton (the former Sears parking lot), and travel via solo vehicles (unless participants choose otherwise) to the trailhead approximately three hours southwest of Warrenton. In the event of heavy rain on the day of departure, this trip will advance to 7/14-17. If an additional club hike leader signs on, we will accommodate eight participants. Liability Disclaimer - Blue Mountain Hiking Club Organizers and or Hike Leaders are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://www.meetup.com/Blue-Mountain-Hiking-Club/about/ -----Original Message-----

ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW through JULY 31!

In your own home, at your own leisure: now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! Fee: $220, which is $55 per person less than what another national school charges for their shorter less-in-depth course. You get a 3-year credit for an in-person class, plus the online learn-now bonus. Here is a sneak peek of the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm This "Blended Learning" format has two parts: Part 1) COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS & SELF-GUIDED PRACTICE portion almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents it. Our instructors just finished recording topic presentations in the latest of disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. >>> Testimonials: • "Fantastic online program." • "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations." • "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days." • Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class. Part 2) A 3-year credit to attend any in-person open-enrollment MEDIC SOLO dtWFA course, to solidify your skills and graduate with SOLO WFA certification. INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course.htm ~ ~ ~ Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks! Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most. • Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways. • Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you signed up to learn, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors. • Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care. Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.

Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking/day hiking trip

We'll start the adventure with 2 days of day hiking to get acclimated and then spend 1 night at a wilderness campsite before closing out the event. On the first day we will explore near Estes Park, CO on the E side of the park. On the 2d day we'll move to a trail near the Alpine visitor center on the N side. Our overnighter will begin near the Kawuneeche visitor center on the W side. Our reserved wilderness campsite is #73 (Grouseberry) near the North Inlet trailheads. Regulations permit 7 individual tents. Our hike in will be 6.2 miles and only 750' elevation gain through a marshy area where moose are often spotted. see: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/site_details.htm#CP_JUMP_[masked] For those who would like to join us but stay longer, we suggest you either arrive a few days early or stay a few days later and organize your own events. For all participants, travel and lodging arrangements are DIY. For a map of the park see: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Past events (214)

5.3 Mile Hike on Manassas Battlefield Park

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