What we're about

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.

Upcoming events (5+)

6 plus mile Great Falls Park and Riverbend Park Hike

Location visible to members

This is a fee area of fifteen dollars you will need to pay to enter the park. Leading Host: David Dyre[masked] Please pack a lunch, snacks, and a quart of water. We will visit restrooms throughout the hike. here to see weather forecast in DC area. (http://www.weather.com/weather/5day/l/USDC0001:1:US) "Difficult Run" is the stream adjacent to the trail on which we will hike; it is not a particularly difficult trail to hike. The difficult run is simply the name of the trail that follows the Difficult Run stream for a short distance before reaching the Ridge trail. I was a seasonal Park Ranger for the North District of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in 2014 and 2015. I worked in this park and have led the hike numerous times already and know the trail well. I will point out the directions as we come upon the turns. A section of the River trail is very rocky and on a steep decline with many stairs and water-bars. Please join us in taking in the beauty of the parks along the route and don't forget your camera. We will explore most of Great Falls Park and visit Riverbend park. We will retrace some of the trail sections. The trail north is along the Potomac River with Great Falls views, wild flowers, birding and history of Great Falls and Riverbend parks. This hiking route is one of the most popular hikes in the DC area. Nearby city: McLean, VA Event: 6 to 10 miles moderate hike. Elevation change: Gains: less than 1,500 Average moving speed: 2.5/hr Difficulty: 2-3 stars out of 6 stars. Some short climbing and Rocky trails. Duration: Possible 5 to 7 Hour hike depending on the average speed Hiking route: From trail-head in Great Falls Park hike to the Old Carriage Trail toward the Swamp Trail to continue South to the Ridge Trail. We will turn around to head back the Great Falls Park Visitor Center via the River Trail via the right turn off of the Ridge Trail pass the falls and possibly continue on the Potomac Heritage Trail to Riverbend Park. http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/DifficultRun/ Click Here to see the FairFax county Riverbend park website (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend-park/trails.htm) Click to see another Riverbend Park (http://www.hikingupward.com/OVH/RiverBend/images/Map.pdf) map NPS park map: Click here. () NPS park brochure: Click here. (http://www.nps.gov/grfa/upload/GRFA-complete-map.pdf) Local weather link: Click here. (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Great+Falls&state=VA&site=LWX&textField1=39.0102&textField2=-77.2885&e=0#.VHkqSkc8KrU) Car pooling time, location and fees--------- Hike starts at 9 am. Car pool location: 8:30 am Springfield/Franconia Metro. Please secure a ride by posting your comments and coordinate among yourselves. Carpool ride is NOT free ride: Suggested fees is $2-4/pp. Making friends; Sharing gas cost :-) *If you can offer a ride: From where and how many you can take. *If you need a ride: From where or carpool location. ---Click here to make a donation to this Meetup club (https://secure.meetup.com/DC-HBC/contribute/)--- A little donation will help the Club to reimburse some of our voluntary leaders out of pocket expenses. Thank you. "Liability Waiver term": click here for the full terms. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-Hiking-Paddling-Club-DC-HPC/about/) A. You agree that you will NOT hold any one in the group and in the event responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. B. You agree that you are soly responsible for: 1. Properly prepare your gear and know how to use them. 2. Review, research and understand the topo/local/area maps & know the hiking route features and terrain. 3. Know the area weather and road condition. 4. Know your physical limits, medical condition & your hiking/backpacking or other related skills. 5. Fully Prepare for emergency (http://hikesafe.com/index.php?page=what-to-do-if-lost): Click for more inform. VC. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver. ------------------------------------------------------

Dolly Sods/Lions Head 21 miles Backpacking Trip Spring outing 2019

Centreville Park & Ride

$3.00

This hike is a moderate 21+ miles from Red Creek parking lot TR 514 towards Bear Rock Trail TR 522 and back over two nights. Check the weather before coming down. Pack appropriately. Arguably one of the most unique, and beautiful hiking areas on the East Coast. The high plateaus of Dolly Sods are made up of wind carved sand stone, stunted red spruce, grassy meadows, and sphagnum bogs. The characteristic meadows are the result of logging that took place from 1899 to 1924. During the Second World War the U.S. Army used the area for artillery and mortar training, and at the trailheads the Army Corp of Engineers still displays signs warning hikers that there may be unexploded ordinance in the area. The name Dolly Sods derives from a combination of Dahles, a local 18th century family, and Sods, meaning an open mountain top or meadow. After WWII the area fell into neglect, and was threatened by multiple construction and mining project proposals. Then in the early 1970’s concerned environmentalists, along with The Nature Conservancy, began purchasing the land for preservation and recreational use. Today the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area comprises 17,371 acres. Difficulty level: intermediate to advance level Duration: 2 nights (Friday 1-2 miles, Saturday 12+ miles, Sunday 5+ miles) Pace: 2 - 4 mph Elavation Gain: 2,520 ft https://www.hikingupward.com/MNF/DollySodsLionsHead/ ------------------------Trailhead ---------------------------- Hike starts at Trail head: Red Creek Trail TR 514 Red Creek Trailhead, Dolly Sods Wilderness 37 Public Road, Davis, WV[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/cnNqaYiEum82 GPS [masked], [masked]) ---------- Car pool time, fees and locations------------ Carpool location: Centreville Park and Ride: 6168 Early Autumn Dr, Centreville, VA 20120. *If you can offer a ride it would be much appreciated :)))) Carpool suggested fee: Min $25/pp. Making friends and sharing cost. Meetup between 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM. We will depart promptly at 5:20 PM Event Organizer: Carlos ---------------------- Maps: ---------------------------- https://www.hikingupward.com/MNF/DollySodsLionsHead/images/Map.pdf https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5152038.pdf ---------------------WEATHER----------------------------- https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Seneca+Rocks&state=WV&site=LWX&textField1=38.8347&textField2=-79.3764&e=0#.WrG1W-jwZPY ---------------------WAIVER------------------------------- Liability Waiver Term: A. You are solely responsible for your wellness while participating in any DC-HPC events. You agree that you will NOT hold any one in the group and in the event responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. B. You agree that you are solely responsible for: 1. Properly prepare your gear and know how to use them. 2. Review, research and understand the topo/local/area maps & know the hiking route features and terrain. 3. Know the area weather and road condition. 4. Know your physical limits, medical condition & your hiking/backpacking or other related skills. 5. Fully Prepare for emergency: Click for more inform. C. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course

Sierra Club

LEARN HOW to SAVE LIFE and LIMB in an > urban disaster (natural or terrorist) > rural area (not near a hospital) > travel anywhere > wilderness area Spaces are limited, and your spot is not secured until you have fully registered at www.solowfa.com. Please do so now, thanks! OVERVIEW: > No prerequisites > For adults and focused teens > Approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia (100% reimbursement for certain academic employees), and more > 2-year SOLO WFA certification > Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT TOPICS: > Beyond the 'golden hour': wilderness/remote travel/disaster-delayed EMS arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care > Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation > Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management > Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, Brain > Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements, > Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections > Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival > Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain Problems, and Heart Problems > Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-evacuation treatment > International Travel: preparing & packing for safe travel, problem prevention before and during travel, and identification & treatment of many travel illnesses - presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest. WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm both days; you come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. > FEE: $195 for the 2-day dtWFA (note that another org in the region charges $275!)

Mt Rogers/Wilburn Ridge - Memorial Weekend Backpacking Trip

Centreville Park and Ride

$5.00

This Backpacking trip duration will be 4 full days and 3 nights, Friday thru Monday Memorial weekend May 24 thru May 27. You must be flexible with your time and days off. No exceptions. Trip is around 30 miles +/-. We will be accepting beginners who has already backpack or has good hiking experience. Trip leader will adjust as needed the mileage and route. Elevation gains will be around 2963 ft +/-. Travel time from Centreville Park and Ride to Grayson Highland is around 6 hrs one way. The maximum Backpacking folks that can go on this trip is 15, so I will try to keep it fair. 1st come 1st serve, please do not reserve a spot if your not sure you will be coming. We will also need to coordinate carpooling to the trail-head. It's important that you are going because we will depend on drivers to give rides and park their vehicles at Grindstone Campground we will start and end there. Trail feature: This backpacking trip has everything, creeks, tough climbs, great vistas, wild ponies, tallest mountain in Virginia, tons of camp sites, open balds, and the list goes on. Double check the weather prior to your hike as it can change dramatically in this area and at these 2963+ elevations. This is critical, due to the time, mileage and elevation gains we will be traversing. It is essential and mandatory each person brings only enough food to cover their own needs. Do not bring extra food for others not necessary or recommended. Do not bring heavy bulky food items such as Glass, Jars, cans. Mileages: 30 +/- miles / Somewhat-leisure 10 miles days maybe, LOL Pace/Speed: 2 - 4 mph Elevation gains: 2963 + Rating: Beginners welcome with experience or good hiking experience Time: 9:00 AM Friday thru 11:00 AM Monday ---------------Trailhead / Parking ---------------------------- Starting Point: Grindstone Campground End Point: Grindstone Campground PARKING PRICES: $3+ per night, per vehicle https://www.recreation.gov/webphotos/facilitymaps/70449_GRIN.pdf Overview -------------Car pooling location, time and fees ------------- Suggested carpool fees: $40/pp. Making friends; Sharing gas cost :-) Due to the length of this trip 6hrs one way, the suggested fee is just a suggestion please be kinder give more not less, gas prices has gone up. We will meet here at 9am for Carpooling Centreville Park & Ride: 6168 Early Autumn Dr, Centreville, VA 20120 ---------------------- Maps: ------------------------------- This is the official map and route we will be on. Please print and bring with you. https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/MtRogersWilburnRidge/ Grayson Highland State Park (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/grayson-highlands?rewrite_uri=state_parks/gra#general_information) https://www.recreation.gov/webphotos/facilitymaps/70449_GRIN.pdf -----------------Weather----------------------------------- http://forecast.weather.gov/ (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Damascus&state=VA&site=MRX&textField1=36.6328&textField2=-81.7893&e=0#.WSOSa2jDGM8) -----------------Legal Waiver -------------------------- A. You are solely responsible for your wellness while participating in any DC-HBC events. You agree that you will NOT hold anyone in the group and in the event responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. B. You agree that you are solely responsible for: 1. Prepare your gear and know how to use them. 2. Review, research and understand the topo/local/area maps & know the hiking route features and terrain. 3. Know the area weather and road condition. 4. Know your physical limits, medical condition & your hiking/backpacking or other related skills. 5. Fully Prepare for emergency (http://hikesafe.com/index.php?page=what-to-do-if-lost): Click for more inform. C. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

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