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+)

Re-Schedule Three Falls Hike SNP

Vienna/Fairfax-GMU

The Three Falls hike is a circuit that passes through Rose River Falls Dark Hollow Falls Lewis Spring Falls These are three of the most beautiful falls in the SNP. Trailhead parking = https://goo.gl/maps/QFh5khN3rX5FiidS8 Starting Point - Fisher Gap parking 10:10AM Ending Point - Fisher Gap parking Distance/Rating/Elevation Change - 9.3 miles/Strenuous/2200 feet Hike Highlights - Rose River Falls, Dark Hollow Falls, Big Meadows, Lewis Spring Falls, Appalachian Trail, Lunch Spot will be at Big Meadows Restaurant. Bring plenty of water and snack.

Trekking Peru's Huayhuash (co-ed)

Needs a location

Huayhuash is world-class, no doubt. Glacier peaks of Cordillera Blanca surround you with stunning landscapes and lakes everywhere you look. This is a lesser known trekking destination that we wish to stay out of the radar because the beauty is spectacular and we want to selfishly enjoy the scenery without the typical tourist crowd. With that said, you're in for a major treat as we trek for 10 days in this so-called Peruvian Alps. Discover the other side of Peru where the sky meets the numerous snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. A true gem for a Peak Explorer! Here's the biggest perk: When you join us, you are supporting our mission to make the trekking tourism industry inclusive of women as guides. This trek will be led by a local female guide (a rare occurrence) and I will also be your trip leader for a back to back all women empowerment experience; hence, normalizing the women's roles and status in the industry. TRIP DATES: SEPT 12 TO 29, 2019 ITINERARY DAY 1 - Arrive in Lima Stay overnight in a hotel in Lima. DAY 2 Bus to Huaraz; overnight in Huaraz (3052 m) DAY 3 Practice Hike: Laguna Churrup (4450 m) DAY 4 Practice Hike: Laguna 69 (4650 m) DAY 5 Day 1 of Huayhuash We drive 3.5 hours to start of trek. Camp at Matacancha (4150 m) DAY 6 Day 2 of Huayhuash Matacancha - Cacanampunta (4700 m) - Laguna Mitucocha (4300 m) Hike time: 4 hours DAY 7 Day 3 of Huayhuash Mitucocha - Punta Carhuac Pass (4640 m) - Laguna Carhuacocha (4200 m) Hike time: 3 hours DAY 8 Day 4 of Huayhuash Carhuacocha - Trekking Siula Pass (4950 m) / Laguna Quesillococha - Huayhuash (4450 m) Hike time: 6 hours DAY 9 Day 5 of Huayhuash Huayhuash - the village of Portachuelo de Huayhuash - Laguna Viconga / Hot Springs (4400 m) Hike time: 4 hours DAY 10 Day 6 of Huayhuash Laguna Viconga - Punta Cuyoc Pass (5020 m) - Elefante Camp (4450 m) or Huanacpatay (4350 m) Hike time: 7-8 hours DAY 11 Day 7 of Huayhuash Huanacpatay - Village of Huayllapa (3600 m) - Huatiac Camp (4290 m) Hike time: 6 hours DAY 12 Day 8 of Huayhuash Huatiac - Punta Tapush (4800 m) - Cashpapampa Camp (4500 m) Hike time: 9-10 hours DAY 13 Day 9 of Huayhuash Cashgapampa - Llaucha Pass (4750 m) - Laguna Jahuacocha (4066 m) Hike time: 4 hours DAY 14 Day 11 of Huayhuash Jahuacocha - Jahuapunta Pass (4650 m) - Village of Pocpa (3600 m) Transfer to Huaraz Hike time: 5 hours Drive time: 3 hours DAY 15 Rest day in Huaraz DAY 16 Return to Lima by bus. DAY 17 Free day in Lima DAY 18 Fly home. TREK STYLE This trek is STRENUOUS given the high altitude, the possible low temperatures and the early start times for some days. You must be physically fit, in good health, and preferably with recent backpacking/hiking experience. ​ ​NOTE: Consulting with your doctor prior to joining the trip is recommended. It is highly suggested that you familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking. A completed & signed Liability Waiver form and travel insurance to cover 100% trip cost, emergency medical and evacuation are REQUIRED to join this trip. After completing your trip booking and deposit, you will be required to purchase the required travel insurance by the trip balance due date. Failure to obtain adequate travel insurance will result in cancellation of your booking and loss of trip deposit. PRICE Price is per person depending on group size. Pricing starts at $[masked] persons & more. Learn more and book here: https://www.peakexplorations.com/peruhuayhuash Peak Explorations, LLC is a social enterprise focused on the inclusion of women and indigenous communities in the trekking tourism industry worldwide. Learn more via www.peakexplorations.com

BANFF National Park Canada

Calgary International Airport

Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, and picture-perfect mountain town and village. Join me for a short trip to sample the high peaks of Banff National Park. Tentative plan as follow. Travel: (Book your flight base on arrival and departure below for carpooling or you can rent your own car) Sept 12th fly into Calgary international airport no later than 4PM to meetup for carpool to BANFF 1-1/2 hour drive. Sept 15th Departure from BANFF at 7AM to Calgary Airport to fly home. Lodging: Still looking for affordable means, but most likely hostels in the area. it is too cold at night to car camp or backpacking. Hikes: (Warning: both hikes are high peaks above 8000ft please consult with your doctor if you have never hike in such condition before signing up) Sept 13th Plain of six glacier: (http://banffandbeyond.com/plain-of-six-glaciers-the-other-tea-house-at-lake-louise/) 8.6 Miles out and back 1900ft Sept 14th Sentinel Pass and Eiffel Peak via Larch Valley. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/sentinel-pass-trail 6.8 miles 2500ft https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/eiffel-peak-trail 3 miles 1300ft

CRUSHING CANCER @ BOTH ENDS OF THE LEASH!

Brambleton Town Center

Join in the fun on Saturday, September 28, 2019, as hundreds of two and four-legged athletes will again race to Crush Cancer @ Both Ends of the Leash in the 3rd Annual Two By Four Race Against Childhood and Canine Cancer in Brambleton, Virginia! The unique race includes a 5K on a certified course, as well as a 1 mile Dog Jog and a kids Fun Run, has something for everyone, and seeks to bring our wider community together to raise awareness and raise funds for critical research to end the cancers kids and our canine companions BOTH develop! Registration and Race Details: Visit www.TwoByFourRace.org Interested in being a Sponsor? Download the 2019 Sponsorship Packet or Email us! We'd love to have you join the fun! Would you like to volunteer? Please Email Us! Lots of fun options available! https://caninesnkids.org/two-by-four-race.html Two By Four Registration The 5K Registration cost: $25 Early Registration through July 31 $30 Regular Registration Aug 1 – Aug. 31 $35 Late Registration Sept. 1 – Sept. 26 $40 Packet Pick Sept 27 & Sept 28 Age 18 and under: $25 through Sept 28 5k participants registered by September 15 will receive a commemorative race t-shirt. The Dog JogTM Registration cost: $25 Early Registration through July 31 $30 Regular Registration Aug 1 – Aug. 31 $35 Late Registration Sept. 1 – Sept. 26 $40 Packet Pick Sept 27 & Sept 28 $15 additional for second canine (maximum two canines per human) Age 18 and under: $25 through Sept 28 Dog Jog participants registered by September 15 will receive a commemorative race t-shirt and bandana.

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