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Backpacking Iceland (co-ed)
I'm sure planet Mars would be a beautiful place for backpacking; but for now Iceland will do. I fell inlove hiking for the first time in Iceland in 2012 in the fall season with this meetup group. Now, it is time for a longer time with this nature lover's paradise, this time during summer season. This will be a colorful and gorgeous time in the place known for fire and ice. We will be trekking one of the top 10 trails in the world - a photographer's dreamscape - Laugavegur. We will be trekking 5 days and have extra days fee to do some city sightseeing and day tours from the city. See more visuals on this trek via this link: https://youtu.be/UJwPnJc02vw The icing on top - WOW Airlines' bargain price of $[masked] round trip ticket. I couldn't resist. This will be from August 24-Sept 1st. This is a strenuous trek. You must have experience doing multi-day wilderness backpacking to do the 5-6 day trek of Laugavegur as we will be carrying a full pack for 5-6 days. Although the elevation gain each day is moderate, carrying a pack with all your food and gear require prior experience. For safety, I will have to assess your background in terms of hiking and backpacking experience. Having said that, you do have enough time to train. RSVP YES to get updates. A meeting is set for July 1st, Sunday - watch out for announcement. Tentative itinerary; Aug 24: Arrive in Reykjavik Aug 25: Free day Aug 26: Take bus to start of trail head (Skogar) Aug 27-29: day 2-4 of backpacking Aug 30: free day at our last camp; enjoy day hikes and hot spring; rest! Aug 31: return to city Sept 1: fly out Budget- low/minimal given we are camping on the trek and we're taking shuttles to and from the trail heads. Accommodations: Hostels/budget or even camping in Reykjavik Flight - you book it on your own Gear list will be emailed to confirmed attendees. You will be required to sign a liability waiver to join. Max group size: 6 HOW TO JOIN: A nonrefundable fee of $225 is required at time of deposit. This is a fundraising project to support the social projects via Peak Explorations which promotes women and diversity in the trekking tourism. Learn more via www.peakexplorations.com Note: Actual costs for the accommodation and shuttles will be calculated once a group is formed but it'll be quite minimal given we are camping most of the time. To join: 1. Send an email to trip leader, Marinel, via [masked] to advise of your experience backpacking. Trip leader reserves the right to decide if you're a good fit for this trip to ensure everyone's safety. 2. Once approved to join, please send your payment via Paypal to [masked] Deposits are due now - first come first served. RSVP closes when it's filled and no later than June 23rd. Balance due as soon as group is finalized.

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MISSIONS

DC Hiking & Backpacking Club (DC-HBC) is a DC based outdoor group and is a registered LLC (Limited Liability Company).

We focus on hosting and posting hiking, backpacking, paddling and other outdoor related events and activities. We promote outdoor interests and healthy living through group outing in a friendly, safe and fun way.

What the Club really does: "Teach what we learned; Share what we know". It's created and run by DC local members and it serves all Greater DC outdoor friends.

We promote and support local and national hiking trail maintenance and watershed cleaning organizations and participate in voluntary work.

Click here learn more about us (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/about/) under the "Pages" section.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Click for details. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/pages/JOINING_DC-HBC_LEADERSHIP_TEAM_and_GROW/)

We will focus on building up a strong leadership team. The club depends on all the members, Active Event Organizers (AEO's) and all Division leaders for its growth. Please send me a message if you like to join our leadership team.

LIBRARY: Click. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/messages/boards/forum/20202530)

We will develop both "WEB" based and "LOCAL" library filled with maps, trip write-ups, gear, trip ideas, trail features and trip experience. All trip leaders can get online maps, can borrow gear, trail maps and books from “LOCAL” library.

ACTIVITIES

We will have all levels and various distance hikes including DC local hikes, SNP, AT and other area's tough hikes, 4 miles to 50 miles' day hike, multiple days' camping, hiking and backpacking trips. We also do weekend sightseeing trips, camping trips, backpacking trips, sailing, kayaking, SUP and canoeing trips.

These are the main activities DC-HBC plans to have:.

Class A: Hiking and Backpacking.

Class B: Trip leading related training, skills & certificate classes.

Class C: Canoeing, Kayaking, SUP paddling, Swimming and Sailing.

Class D: Camping & sightseeing.

Class F: Trail maintenance & watershed cleaning voluntary events.

Class G: Other outdoor events hosted by DC-HBC.

Class H: Happy Hours and social gathering.

Class I: Other outdoor events not hosted by DC-HBC.

Class J: Other events cross posted by other groups.

Any success of a group depends on the contribution from all the members. We welcome and encourage all our Club members to participant in leadership by self-learning, training, co-leading and leading trips. It's a great personal growth and leadership skill learning opportunity.

EVENT FEES USAGE

All the event fees collected will be invested into the Club to support our mission, cover Club operating cost and reserve for future growth.

MEMBERS & MEMBERSHIP (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/Memberships_events_fees_and_Members_Conducts/)

(1) Everyone is welcome to join DC-HBC free of charge. Members are encouraged to learn, to share and to grow through participating in our events.

(2) Members are expected to follow Hiking Etiquette (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/pages/Hiking_Etiquette/) and "Leave No Trace 7 Principles" (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/pages/The_Leave_No_Trace_Seven_Principles/)while participating in hiking events.

(3) Members should try their best to avoid last minute cancelation or "NO SHOW" to the event they signed up. Unexpected things do happen, please change your RSVP or message the Event Host or post a comment in time.

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