• VMO: Allegheny Front Trail (AFT) (~42 miles)

    Online event

    Come join me on a trip to the Allegheny Front Trail. We will start from the Eastern trailhead on 504, and hike the loop counter-clockwise. I am planning to hike the same splits that I originally did: ~3/25/14 miles. Open to ideas/suggestions for other splits! We will probably be hiking in the dark for a spell - so make sure to keep those headlamps charged. It has been a dry few past weeks, so I will be monitoring the weather to get a sense of how well the streams might be flowing. Driving directions: https://goo.gl/maps/kcHmJokrUcm54U5g6 Map resources: https://www.purplelizard.com/collections/maps/products/moshannon-quehanna-map https://caltopo.com/m/397P http://midatlantichikes.com/aft-w.htm http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id186.html Please note the COVID-19 club policies: * All participants should clearly and honestly communicate any concerns they have regarding their potential exposure. Stay home if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with anyone who has displayed such symptoms, or otherwise believe that you might have been exposed. * Attendees should bring a mask (Buff, bandanna, etc.) on our trips and plan to wear it if backpacking in an area where it is impossible to stay six feet apart from other hikers. * No official carpool will be set. Attendees should assume responsibility for getting themselves to the trailhead. We understand that this may impact accessibility to trip participation for those DC UL members without a car. * Consider your recent fitness level before RSVPing for this trip, especially if you have not been hiking recently. If a trip leader hasn't been out on a hike with you recently, the leader may reach out to discuss the trip in more detail with you to ensure you are prepared. * We will follow all PA guidance. Things look good now, hence the opening procedures. If this were to change, we of course will adhere to any new guidance and consider canceling the trip. * For more on DC UL’s COVID-19 policy, click this link: https://dculbackpacking.com/about/covid-19-guidelines/ By RSVPing for this trip, you acknowledge that you’ve read our COVID-19 guidelines and that you agree to DC UL's liability waiver terms. (https://dculbackpacking.com/about/liability-waiver)

  • Disaster+Tavel+Wilderness First Aid (In-Person) Certification Class

    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 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.

  • ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW until Oct. 31st!

    In your own home, at your own leisure: now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! Course Fee: $220, which is $55 per person less than what another national school charges for their shorter less-in-depth course. You get a 3-year credit for an in-person class, plus the online learn-now bonus. Here is a sneak peek of the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm This "Blended Learning" format has two parts: Part 1) COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS & SELF-GUIDED PRACTICE portion almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents it. Our instructors just finished recording topic presentations in the latest of disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. >>> Testimonials: • "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. Part 2) A 3-year credit to attend any in-person open-enrollment MEDIC SOLO dtWFA course, to solidify your skills and graduate with SOLO WFA certification. INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course.htm ~ ~ ~ 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. • Our federal government is supporting outdoor exercise by waiving entrance fees to the National Parks that are open. Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you signed up to learn, 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.

  • VMO: Quehanna trail (75mi)

    Online event

    Photo Credit: Bryan A. What's better than having 1 DCUL trip to Quehanna trail in fall? 2 DCUL trips to Quehanna trail! While the color-ganza will be over by Nov, we can rely on getting cool hiking weather. Also - this will be the first weekend post the elections, so escaping to the woods and celebrating or sharing the pain with your hiker friends might just be what you need! Come join me on this trip! We will leave Friday evening, and find a place to camp. Expect splits on the trip to be roughly[masked]. It will still be archery season, so not too much of a concern over PA hunters out shooting at things, but having some orange may still be a good idea. We will be driving back on Tuesday after finishing the trip (I am planning on making full use of Wednesday - i.e. Veteran's Day - to recover :) ) Purple Lizard: https://www.purplelizard.com/collections/maps/products/moshannon-quehanna-map PDF maps from PA State Forests: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateForests/FindAForest/Elk/Pages/Maps.aspx GPS files from Zinnware: http://www.zinnware.com/HighAdv/Quehanna_Trail/index.html https://pahikes.com/blogs/news/sources-of-water-on-the-quehanna-trail Per Brian: Elk State Forest [masked]) will send you a map if you call and ask for one. At least that's the way it works for just about any other PA DCNR State Forest. They send decent 18"x24" maps. DC UL COVID-19 Guidelines: · Stay home if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with anyone who has displayed such symptoms, or otherwise believe that you might have been exposed. · No official carpool will be set. · Consider your recent fitness level before participating on a trip, especially if you have not been hiking recently. The trip leader may reach out to discuss the trip in more detail with you to ensure you are prepared. · We will follow state and local rules/recommendations and check for updates continually. More information on the club's COVID-19 policy: https://dculbackpacking.com/about/covid-19-guidelines/ By RSVPing for this trip, you acknowledge that you’ve read our COVID-19 guidelines and that you agree to DC UL's liability waiver terms. (https://dculbackpacking.com/about/liability-waiver)

  • VMO: Iron Mountain Trail/AT Loop in VA/TN- Thanksgiving Special (~95-100 miles)

    Photo Credit: Dan (Heavy D) Have no plans for Thanksgiving this year and looking to burn some calories instead of gaining some? Join me on this epic trip! Expect this trip to be very challenging. When this was attempted back in 2014 ( https://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/events/198164852/ ), the group faced some harsh weather and ended up finishing half the loop. Also, this trip gave birth to the term 'Scharfed'. You will have to join the trip if you wanna find out what that means. We will aim to leave early on Tuesday and either camp close to the trailhead in Damascus or somewhere along the way. The plan is to hike 20+ miles on Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat. Each day will have 4k - 6k feet elevation gain(!). On Sun, we will have ~10 miles to the finish line and then the long drive back. We will be roughly sticking to the splits from the original 2014 trip. Here's a sketch of our plan on Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/N0QL We will be monitoring weather forecasts as we get closer. Be prepared for changes in plans if the conditions look bad. Goes without saying, we will be assessing COVID travel restrictions closely. DC UL COVID-19 Guidelines: · Stay home if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with anyone who has displayed such symptoms, or otherwise believe that you might have been exposed. · No official carpool will be set. · Consider your recent fitness level before participating on a trip, especially if you have not been hiking recently. The trip leader may reach out to discuss the trip in more detail with you to ensure you are prepared. · We will follow state and local rules/recommendations and check for updates continually. More information on the club's COVID-19 policy: https://dculbackpacking.com/about/covid-19-guidelines/ By RSVPing for this trip, you acknowledge that you’ve read our COVID-19 guidelines and that you agree to DC UL's liability waiver terms. (https://dculbackpacking.com/about/liability-waiver)

  • IO: E.N. Woodcock Memorial Hike of the Donut Hole Trail and Bucktail Path

    Folks, An IO trip? For May? Advertised in October? IN PENNSYLVANIA!?! Yup, you betcha. The prospect of me being sent back overseas for a few years is real again. I'd like to do a full six days and seven nights in PA over next Memorial Day week to draw it to a close of sorts. My plan is to hike the Donut Hole Trail and Bucktail Path as a combined 125 mile jaunt through Sproul and Elk State Forests. Splits TBD but my plan is to hike no more than 15-20 miles per day and leave time to recuperate and enjoy our surroundings out there. We'll aim to do a resupply drop approximately midway. This is an Invitation Only event, so ping me if you're interested and capable of taking these four days off of work in May 2021 to make it work. I'd prefer that the group stick roughly together on the same itinerary to keep things both safe and festive. COVID-19 Note: Who knows what May 2021 will bring. I have notional plans to pay Pine Creek Outfitters to shuttle cars for us but since this isn't a normal route, expect that prospect to be a little pricey. We'll discus in more detail once we get closer. The plan will always be to follow all rules, guidelines, and common sense. Donut Hole Trail (89.7 Miles): https://www.kta-hike.org/donut-hole-trail.html // https://pahikes.com/blogs/donut-hole-trail Bucktail Path (34 Miles): https://endlessmountains.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/backpacking-the-bucktail-path/ // https://pahikes.com/blogs/bucktail-path Directions to Willow's Inn: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Washington,+DC/Willows+Inn,+PA-120,+Sinnamahoning,+PA+15861/@40.1066773,-78.8206594,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7c6de5af6e45b:0xc2524522d4885d2a!2m2!1d-77.0368707!2d38.9071923!1m5!1m1!1s0x89cdcd0ca9d2ab0d:0xa337a2afba6a871a!2m2!1d-78.083847!2d41.3199577!3e0 (I doubt I'll get enough trails done to complete the DCNR State Forest trails before this, but who knows? I still have the Baker Trail, Thunder Swamp, Pinchot, Lost Turkey, the PA Tuscarora, and Old Logger's Path to go.)