What we're about
Upcoming events (4+)
Sky Meadows State Park is a beautiful park located in Delaplane that offers wonderful trails and beautiful views!
This hike will be around 8 miles with about 1500 ft elevation gain. We will depart at 9:30am sharp so please arrive early enough to get ready to head out by 9:30. We will hike at a 2-2.5 mile pace, so please make sure you are comfortable with keeping this pace.
We will start on the Boston Mill Trail that will turn into the James Ball Trail. We will take that to the Hadow Trail and cross over where we came into the park. Then we will continue until we hit the Boston Mill Trail again and take that to the Snowden Trail Loop. Then we will climb the South Ridge to the North Ridge and come to the AT. From there we will take the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail and come to our lunch/snack view point. We will then continue on to the Piedmont Overlook Trail. This will bring us back down to the Boston Mill Trail and back to our vehicles!
Park map can be found at: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-skymeadows.pdf
Parking will be at the Visitor Center:
11012 Edmonds Ln. Delaplane, VA 20144
Please note you will need a VA state park pass to enter or pay the $10 at the gate.
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/
In your own home, at your own leisure (*anytime* -- not just the date of this event): now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS are almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents them with the latest on disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills.
Choose one of two ways to learn:
A) On-line only- view our 7-hour course at home, do the self-guided practice and receive a certificate of completion. Fee: $105.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/online-course.htm
B) Blended learning-view our 7-hour course at home NOW, and receive a 3-year credit to attend one of our in-person dtWFA classes in order to practice skills learned with one of our seasoned instructors. Upon the successful completion of the in-person class, you will receive a 2-year SOLO WFA certification. Fee: $230.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/blended-learning.htm
Sneak peek at the course:
• "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.
• Full transparency, all feedback surveys, unfiltered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18qcXYJt-CUoLW0hqLtFRmGv7H858iflrq7fguSk6zfM/edit?usp=sharing
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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're considering learning, 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.
AT SOBO section 6 Central District SNP
Bootens Gap (Conway Fire Road) to Swift Run Gap (Rt 33)
Join us as we continue our hike along the AT through SNP southbound.
This segment is the third of three shuttle hikes planned to complete the central district during August and September. Our previous hikes were "private" meaning not posted here due to covid concerns. We are now "public" meaning posted to avoid conflicts with other scheduled hikes.
All interested hikers will go on the wait list. Preference will be given to those hikers who previously hiked with us as we completed the northern district.
We will meet at the hike end point on Skyline Drive inside the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station. When you get to the T intersection, look off to your right on the north bound side of Skyline Drive. We will consolidate vehicles here, and drive hikers and most vehicles to the hike start (Bootens Gap). After the hike we will drive back to Bootens Gap for our after hike rehydration. Shuttle will leave Swift Run Gap at 830 AM Sharp!
Hike Start Conway River fire road/ Bootens Gap Parking – 54.8 mile post
Hike End Swift Run Gap - 65.5 mile post
See link for hike details: 11.67 miles, 1755 ft elevation gain
RSVP opens Sept 23 at 0830. RSVPs will close at noon on Tuesday, two days before the hike. The maximum number of hikers will be 10. Since this is a strenuous hike, everyone will start on the Waitlist until I can verify their hiking ability. If you fail to respond to the hike leader's inquiry into your hiking experience before RSVPs close, you will be moved to "Not Going".
What to Bring: Make sure your emergency contact information is in your pack. Bring your park pass, hiking poles (strongly recommended), 2-3 liters of water, electrolytes, insect repellent, and lunch or snacks. Dress for the weather, including hiking boots/shoes, hat, layers, and rain gear as needed.
Rehydration: We will drive back to the Bootens Gap parking lot, bring chair and your choice of beverage, snack, lunch.
COVID protocols apply. Do not sign up if you have a fever over 100 degrees, feel sick or have been exposed to anyone with COVID in the past two weeks.
Grayson Highlands State Park
BLUF - This is a rescheduled event for many club members who braved Mt. Rogers in May 2021 and were greeted with cold and snowy conditions. There is a waitlist for all and priority admission will be given to participants from the May trip. Having said that, there will be room for several newbies to join us on this, "Return to Grayson Highlands!"
1. A planning Zoom meeting for interested folks will be at 7 PM, Thursday, September 30 to finalize plans and answer questions of those who may be interested. Join the waitlist and you will be admitted to the Zoom meeting.
2. # of participants = 12
3. Tent Camping at Grayson Highlands State Park (Chestnut Hollow camp sites have already been reserved); more details during the Zoom call for those interested in the trip. (Camping fee will be $20 per person based on 12 participants.)
4. Saturday Day hike from Grayson Highlands to Mt. Rogers Summit, approx. 9 miles roundtrip 1,500 feet elevation gain starting at approximately 1300 to 1400. Probable route and Ponies should be expected :-). https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/rhododendron-trail-to-at-and-mt-rogers-summit-out-and-back-365d177?u=i
5. Sunday morning Virginia Creeper Bike Ride from White Top to Damascus. 2.5 to 3.5 hour ride followed by lunch in Damascus. Local outfitters charge around $35 for shuttle, bike helmet and mountain bike.
Shuttle time to be decided during the Zoom call.
NOTE: This is an easy 17 mile all downhill (drop 1,500 feet elevation) bike ride crossing dozens of abandoned logging railroad trestles on a cinder bike trail. This is a bucket list ride that everyone should try. Sun Dog Outfitters will probably be the bike rental company. http://www.sundogoutfitter.com/
6. Sunday evening, two mile overlook hike to Little Pinnacles for Sunset and star gazing! We are lucky enough to be in a remote location during a New Moon phase - The Milky Way will be beautiful! Location TBD
7. Monday morning - short walks and we have to pack up, clean up and exit the campsites by 1100 for the ride home.
As always, the itinerary and trip activities may change based upon the weather. If you are not flexible, this is probably not the trip for you.
Peace out, Doug
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 or biking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.meetup.com%2FBlue-Mountain-Hiking-Club%2Fabout%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7Cdbe7c7d55755407f4e4e08d93b47395e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637605999354118996%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=MUciN90RkecCBjKfC1%2FJpXAMHd3d%2BKgSXq%2FrpgPnDSU%3D&reserved=0