What we're about

Who we are:

DC Hiking & Backpacking Club (DC-HBC) is a DC based outdoor group led all by volunteers. What the Club really does:"Teach what we learned; Share what we knew".

We promote and support local and national hiking trail maintenance and watershed cleanup organizations and participate in voluntary works.

WAIVERS

ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!!

All voluntary event hosts and trip leaders are NOT your paid trip guides, NOT park rangers, NOT professional rescue team members, NOT your personal caregivers or nurses. Participating in any type of activities will involve in uncertainty and risk resulting in bodily injury and or death, and personal and public property damage or losses. You must responsible for your own safety, preparedness and mental & physical wellbeing. You need to know your abilities for the event you signed to and know your limits. ( http://hikesafe.com/uploads/PDFs/hike_safe_10_Essentials.pdf ). Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

EVENTS:

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

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.

ACTIVITIES

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.
Class F: Trail maintenance & watershed cleaning voluntary events.
Class G: Sightseeing and traveling.
Class H: Other events hosted by the Club.
Class I: Other events not hosted by DC-HBC leaders.
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 Meetup.com listing fees, purchase maps and other hiking/trip leading related supplies.

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)

1 night 22 miles Sunset backpacking: Mary’s/ Stony Man & tough climbing

We will start our hike from Buck Hollow trailhead parking lot, climb the Buck Ridge. After we set our tent, we will do a short hike to Mary’s Rock to see the sunset and great fall color views. We will do a day hike without our pack to Stony Man to further enjoy the views on 2nd day before we head back to our car. Trail head: At 2pm. Buck Ridge trail head parking lot on Route 211. GPS:[masked], [masked] Time meet at trailhead ( NOT any car pool location if you like to find one): 2Pm. Mileage split: Day 1: 6-7 miles. Challenging climbing. Day 2: 11-12 miles days hike and 4 miles backpacking. Challenging down hill. Gear: Full backpacking gears And 10 essentials. Dress in layers and bring light. Car pool: On your own due to Covid-19. Please observe the social distance. If you need a ride, please coordinate directly w others. Event fees: NO refund, rain or shine. Carpool Time/Locations: NOT offered. Please observe COVID-19 6 feet apart or face mask if you cannot. Gear: The New 10 Essential Systems: Navigation (map & compass) Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen) Insulation (extra clothing, socks) Illumination (headlamp/flashlight) First-aid supplies (include NSAID, such as Advil or Aleve) Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle) Repair kit and tools Nutrition (extra food, such as dehydrated food) Hydration (extra water) Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag) ***Outdoor Ethics: Leave No Trace 7 Principle (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/The_Leave_No_Trace_Seven_Principles/)*** As a hiker, a teammate, an outdoor friend, a carpool rider/driver, please follow: Hiking Etiquette. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/pages/Hiking_Etiquette/) ***Click Here to read the full Club Liability Waiver Terms (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/DC-HPC_Liability_Waiver_Terms/)*** A. HIKE SAFE: ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY (http://hikesafe.com/uploads/PDFs/hike_safe_10_Essentials.pdf)**** B. Fully Prepare for emergency. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/Prepare_for_emergency:_Learn_to_rescue_yourself/) C. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

Falls Foliage in Southern VA /NC

Abingdon

$1.00

Fun 3 days camping trip to border of southern VA and NC to hangout with Wild ponies, dip your toe into the Devil's Bathtub and climb the many ladders on Grandfather mountain. ****************************** Again this is a Pandemic trip setting so you have to drive on your own no carpooling. ****************************** Lodging: Hotel/motel in Abingdon VA = https://goo.gl/maps/2BJMAzjw7EEELJ1D9 Car Camping = Campground via Chatgroup message. ****************************** Food: Eat out in Abingdon (plenty of restaurant options) or cook at camp. ****************************** Day by day itinerary ****************************** Oct 23rd: Depart from DMV to Abingdon VA 5.5 hours drive from VA. ****************************** Oct 24th: Climbing Ladders on Grandfather Mountain Meet at park entrance at 8AM https://goo.gl/maps/TZdm5HgBrr5EnJCK9 2050 Blowing Rock Hwy, Linville, NC 28646 Hike info https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/grandfather-mountain-trail You must purchase ticket online to enter this park! https://tickets.grandfather.com/Info.aspx?EventID=3 ****************************** Oct 24th optional: Roan Mountain Post GrandFather Mtn hike, we will stop by Roan Mountain for a quick hike on Grassy Ridge bald on our way back to campsite. Meet at trailhead at 4PM https://goo.gl/maps/8yVoipGruWtY8xUf6 https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/grassy-ridge-bald-via-appalachian-trail ****************************** Oct 25th: Hanging out with Wild ponies on Mount Rogers: Meet at trailhead at 8:30AM https://goo.gl/maps/GitdBVhXq5Vz9Dt78 Hike Info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/grayson-highlands-mount-rogers-loop ****************************** Oct 26th: Playing with the Devil's Break camp or check out then meet at trailhead. Meet at trailhead at 7:30AM https://goo.gl/maps/bx1TZXDMAvwUmit26 Hike Info https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/devils-bathtub-trail Post hike head home! ****************************** Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code (http://www.hikesafe.com/); the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. ****************************** Pandemic Policy Changes: No carpools or shuttling. Social distancing. Bring masks for times when you get too close to other hikers in the group and on the trail. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or in the last 14 days have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, have been out in large groups, then you should not sign up. By signing up you are acknowledging the following waiver: I agree to socially distance on this event 6 feet away, bring PPE and wear it in close proximity of others, and to bring hand sanitizer and use as needed.

Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid (In-Person) Certification Course

Sportrock Climbing Center

Hands-on learn how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point, during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance arrival. Blend of classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites. YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** WHO: Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are. 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 accidents 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. TIMING: This is a 2-day class, 8:00am- 7pm each day. Fee: $215 (Another school in the area charges $275. You save $60!) In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous added safety measures include: a) 14-days pre-course illness screening questionnaire b) Scan of each participant's body temperature each day c) Masks and eye protection worn at all times (we'll provide masks to those who don't have) d) 6+ feet physical distance maintained as appropriate throughout class. Best option: students register with non-social-distancing partners and practice skills on each other. Acceptable option: attend alone and bring a homemade mannequin (stuffed pants & shirt) for your patient. e) many more. Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most. • Hospital beds have been 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 wilderness first aid skills, 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.

Easy way up to Old Rag: Best Fall color Sunrise views in Shenandoah NP.

East Falls Metro Park n Ride lot from Washington Blvd

$5.00

Update 1 on September 25th: The hiking event is full. Please chose similar hike on October 19th: https://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/events/273507935/ Please keep 6 feet social distance, or wear mask if you can not. Have you seen beautiful Fall color at the top of the Old Rag Summit at sunrising? It's one of the best life time experiences that you don't want to miss. It will take your breath away! Sunrising time is 7:31am. Trail head: Meet at Berry Hollow parking lot at 3:30am. GPS:[masked], [masked]. Mileages: 8 miles or 18 if you chose to climb Robertson Mtn after the sunrising hike. Elevation changes: 3,500+/- feet. Tough climbing. Hiking poles and knee support band may help. No car pool is organized. Please directly coordinate with others if you need a ride and please kindly wear mask and share gas cost for your driver if you did get a ride. Gear: The New 10 Essential Systems: Navigation (map & compass) Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen) Insulation (extra clothing, socks) Illumination (headlamp/flashlight) First-aid supplies (include NSAID, such as Advil or Aleve) Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle) Repair kit and tools Nutrition (extra food, such as dehydrated food) Hydration (extra water) Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag) ***Outdoor Ethics: Leave No Trace 7 Principle (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/The_Leave_No_Trace_Seven_Principles/)*** As a hiker, a teammate, an outdoor friend, a carpool rider/driver, please follow: Hiking Etiquette. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HBC/pages/Hiking_Etiquette/) ***Click Here to read the full Club Liability Waiver Terms (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/DC-HPC_Liability_Waiver_Terms/)*** A. HIKE SAFE: ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY (http://hikesafe.com/uploads/PDFs/hike_safe_10_Essentials.pdf)**** B. Fully Prepare for emergency. Click for more inform. (http://www.meetup.com/DC-HPC/pages/Prepare_for_emergency:_Learn_to_rescue_yourself/) C. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

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