• MO: Grayson Highlands/Mount Rogers
    The Mt Rogers - Grayson Highlands area is supposed to be an amazing place but it is a long drive from PA where I live, so I've never been there! Steve Gold and I will be the event hosts. Steve will coordinate the DC rendezvous and I will meet you en-route outside Strasburg, VA. The plan is have the DC group to leave from Vienna on Friday afternoon and reach the trailhead late around 11 PM. We'll do the route covered in chapter 4 of Michael's book, AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic, with several extensions and modification. Friday night, we'll have a very short hike to a camping spot. We'll be getting started early Saturday morning, so we could hike a 20+ day if any DC UL members would like to fulfill their Veteran requirement. On Sunday, we'll most likely have a shorter day about 15 miles making sure we camp at a nice spot. Starting early Monday, we'll hit the Mt. Roger's summit, walk the 6-8 miles back to cars and head on home. This plan is rough but I should have a finalized route by mid September. Temperatures in late October at 4000+ ft elevation will be on the cool side (64/35F average temperature for our weekend) so please be prepared for nighttime temperatures below freezing. You are required to bring a map for this trip. I would highly recommend buying Nat Geo map 318 or 786. Michael covers the route in his book (http://www.amazon.com/AMCs-Best-Backpacking-Mid-Atlantic-Multiday/dp/193402886X) - AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic - Chapter 4. Check it out. (Brian H. highlighted the route for a previous trip in blue on a map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-8zdEArNbqNAWWEXN5-mN9ODgFdYu4sI) **At a bit under 700 miles round trip, per the DC UL recommended guideline of $0.10/mile, expect to chip in about $65-70 to the driver if you're catching a ride. We'll be driving this route - https://goo.gl/maps/hmPsRsGK4Mk. ***By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's liability waiver. http://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/pages/Liability_Waiver/

    Vienna Metro (North Parking Lot)

    9490 Virginia Center Blvd · Vienna, VA

    24 comments
  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    • What we'll do LEARN HOW to SAVE LIFE and LIMB in an > urban disaster (natural or terrorist) > rural area (not near a hospital) > travel anywhere > wilderness area 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 Spaces are limited and your spot is not secured until you have fully registered at www.solowfa.com. Please do so now, thanks! 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. SCHEDULE (2 days, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day): - Sep. 1 - 3 ... SPECIALTY SERIES: Mountain-Top Retreat near Blacksburg, VA - Sep. 15-16 ... SPECIALTY SERIES: Advanced WFA Part II (upgrade) in Old Fields, WV - Sep. 22-23 ... Chattanooga, TN - Oct. 20-21 ... Washington, DC - Nov. 3 - 4 ... Fredericksburg, VA - Nov. 10-11 ... Greeley, CO - Nov. 17-18 ... Charlottesville, VA (with optional CPR/AED/Choking eve of Nov. 16) - Jan. 12-13, 2019 ... Richmond, KY (Lexington, KY area) - Jan. 12-13, 2019 ... Charlottesville, VA (with optional CPR/AED/Choking eve of Jan. 11) - Jan. 19-20, 2019 ... Norfolk, VA -Jan. 26-27, 2019... Harrisonburg, VA -February 9-10, 2019... Richmond, VA -February 16-17, 2019... Washington, DC 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 $265!) • What to bring • Important to know

    Sierra Club National Office

    50 F Street Northwest · Washington, DC

    2 comments
  • MO: Finish the Tuscarora Trail with Yeti!
    OK, also a placeholder. Max/Yeti, my friend and backpacking partner--the dude I crossed Iceland with--is coming back east to hike the Tuscarora Trail in October. While I'd like to do the whole thing with him (again, as I section-hiked the Tuscarora Trail some years back), that's just not going to happen. However, I plan to take a group on his final weekend on the trail to finish the trail with him. I know some other DC ULers are meeting Yeti for other sections. Anyway, I can't really say how many miles this will be, but my guess is that we'll be hiking the southerly section of the trail from Great North Mountain over the Massanutten to Shenandoah. This is a good section, but you should be aware there is road walking in the valleys. My guess is that you could get VMO status on this trip. I can take 10. More details to come.

    Vienna Metro

    9486 Virginia Center Boulevard · Vienna, VA

    3 comments
  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    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. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. 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, Saturday and Sunday November 3-4th, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $265! You save $70!

    Chancellor Ruritan Club

    5994 Plank Rd · Fredericksburg, va

  • MO/VMO: Black Forest + Golden Eagle (42 + 9 miles)
    Join me as I finish up some of the final miles I'll need for my PA State Forest Trails Award, which happens to be the Golden Eagle Trail, regarded by some to be the best day hike in PA. To make this a DCUL trip worthy of a long weekend, we'll throw in something simple like the classic Black Forest Trail for good measure. :) The two trailheads are only 2 miles apart, so we'll do the Black Forest (or a slightly modified version of it) finishing that up Sunday night or first thing Monday morning. We'll then shuttle the 2 miles down the road to the Golden Eagle Trail and complete the miles for my award! We should finish that up around noon, which sets us up for a celebratory lunch at the Bullfrog Brewery (http://www.bullfrogbrewery.com/), about an hour away in Williamsport, where we'll enjoy some good beer and grub. Maps: Here are links to some pretty good maps of the area : Black Forest Trail: http://files.meetup.com/317560/BFT%20East.pdf http://files.meetup.com/317560/BFT%20West.pdf http://www.pahikes.com/trails/black-forest-trail http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id194.html http://www.midatlantichikes.com/bfts.htm Chapter 15 of U-turn's Mid-Atlantic backpacking book (http://www.amazon.com/AMCs-Best-Backpacking-Mid-Atlantic-Multiday/dp/193402886X) Golden Eagle Trail: http://midatlantichikes.com/goldeneagle.htm Virtual hike at http://www.pahikes.com/trails/golden-eagle-trail And check out https://www.kta-hike.org/hiking-awards.html for more information on the PA State Forest Trails award or others offered by the Keystone Trail Association. *At a bit under 500 miles round trip and the DC UL recommended guideline of $0.10/mile, expect to chip in about $45-50 to the driver if you're catching a ride. **By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's liability waiver. http://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/pages/Liability_Waiver/

    Forest Glen metro station, Kiss and Ride lot

    2200 Forest Glen Rd · Forest Glen, DC

    Respond by: 11/7/2018
    3 comments
  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    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. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. 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, Saturday and Sunday November 3-4th, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $265! You save $70!

    Chancellor Ruritan Club

    5994 Plank Rd · Fredericksburg, va

  • MO: AT in Shenandoah’s Central District, Women’s Only Trip (~37 miles)
    I’ve hiked many of Shenandoah’s trails, but have never completed all the AT miles in the park. Time to cross that off the list with the first of three sections. This trip is for the women of DC UL who are interested in trying out a 20 mile day and potentially getting their Veteran Member status. Splits will be 3 / 21 / 13. The plan! Meet at Vienna at 5 p.m. on Friday and head out to set up the shuttle. We’ll drive first to Swift Run Gap, pick up our backcountry permits, and then drop off our end cars. We’ll then head up Skyline Drive and drop off our cars at Panorama. We’ll have a short night hike to the Byrd’s Nest Shelter (camping is allowed by this one). Saturday will start nice and early—white blazes all the way to the Bearfence Hut. Depending on when we arrive, we can squeeze in an extra mile and do the Bearfence scramble either in the evening or in the morning. That’s a nice little diversion that we’ll want to take. Sunday, it is white blazes again back to our cars. We’ll reverse the shuttle, celebrate with a post-backpack meal, and then make our way home. DCULers have maps! The best one for this route is PATC Map 10: http://www.patc.net/ItemDetail?iProductCode=PA170&Category=AE Group size is limited to 10. The fine print: - By RSVPing to this trip or any other DC UL trip, you agree to DC UL's waiver liability terms (http://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/pages/Liability_Waiver/). - As per our carpool policy, riders should pay drivers $0.10/mile. This trip is ~200 miles roundtrip.

    Vienna Metro (North Parking Lot)

    9490 Virginia Center Blvd · Vienna, VA

    11 comments
  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    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. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. 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, Saturday and Sunday November 3-4th, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $265! You save $70!

    Chancellor Ruritan Club

    5994 Plank Rd · Fredericksburg, va

  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    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. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. 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, Saturday and Sunday November 3-4th, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $265! You save $70!

    Chancellor Ruritan Club

    5994 Plank Rd · Fredericksburg, va

  • LM: AT-Bluff-Marshall Trails, SNP--Intro to Cold (or "Cool") Weather Backpacking
    (Okay--we may not have that much snow...) Curious about backpacking in colder temperatures? We are updating our best day hikes book, and I thought this hike would make an excellent overnight for those interested in testing out their gear and their layers. So join me for a taste of cold weather camping! At that time of year, average temperatures in Shenandoah are in the mid-40s during the day and low 30s/high 20s at night. Barring any major deviations (like it being unseasonably warm), this will be a good chance for you to test your cold weather gear, bring extra layers, and see what works for you. I'm rating this as a LM but applicants will need to submit a detailed gear list by Oct. 19. I'm asking for this so you can show that you have (1) gear appropriate for the temperatures and (2) are thinking about the layers that you’ll need to avoid sweating while hiking and to stay warm while not moving. Without that list, I will need to move you to the wait list. What should you send? Here's a good example: - Sleeping bag rated to 10 degrees. Will bring sleeping bag liner to supplement. - Gloves (2), one for hiking and a warmer pair for camp. - Wide-mouth water bottle. (Small-mouth bottles can freeze!) - Long sleeved wool shirt for hiking. Fleece layer to supplement if needed. - Waterproof jacket in case of precipitation. - Insulated jacket for camp. For reference, here is my gear list from a few years ago: http://blog.gossamergear.com/jen-adachs-winter-gear-list If that list seems overwhelming, don’t let this deter you! If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to talk over what you have and best ways to supplement your current setup. If you’re a member but this would be your first try at cold weather camping, send me any questions you might have. And now for the plan: We’ll leave Vienna at 9 a.m. and head to Shenandoah, picking up our backcountry permit on the way in. Our adventure will start at Jenkins Gap, where we will follow the Mount Marshall and Bluff Trails with a short diversion to see the overlook at Big Devils Staircase. We’ll camp by Gravel Springs Hut on Saturday night. Sunday, we’ll continue to head along the Bluff Trail and link up with the Appalachian Trail. We’ll take the AT north and enjoy the views from Mount Marshall, both the north and south summits. Arrive at the cars and head into Front Royal for a celebratory meal. Splits should be about 9 miles on Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday. DCULers have maps! The map for this route is PATC Map 9: AT in Shenandoah, North District. You can buy it here: https://www.patc.net/PATC/Our_Store/PATC_Maps.aspx You can see the route here, but note that I will be doing in the opposite direction: http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id119.html We’ll also go over some LNT, including bear bags and fire building. (Yes, we can have a fire at the hut. Otherwise, fires are not approved in Shenandoah.) Also, note that this will be a working trip for me as I'll be collecting notes and photos for the best day hikes book. I may stop more frequently as a result. Questions? Send them my way.

    Vienna Metro

    9486 Virginia Center Boulevard · Vienna, VA

    Respond by: 11/30/2018