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Appalachian Trail from Blue Ridge Parkway to James River-11.0 miles-Strenuous
Starting Point - Punch Bowl Overlook (51.7 mile marker on the Blue Ridge Pkwy) Ending Point - James River Foot Bridge on Rt. 130 Disclaimer #1 - This hike is going to be rated as a strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike. All hikers are going to start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. The following questions need to be answered before I will move you from the wait list onto the hike. These questions are only for those, who have not hiked with me before. 1. How often do you hike? 2. What strenuous hikes have you done? 3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed? The answers can be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup Messages. If I do not hear from a hiker on the wait list within a week, I will move the hiker to "NOT GOING." If a hiker continues to attempt to RSVP without answering the questions, the hike leader will refer the matter to the head organizer. Hike Rating/Distance/Elevation - Strenuous/11.0 miles/2300 feet Hike Highlights - Punch Bowl Shelter, Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bluff Mountain, Punch Bowl Mountain, Big Rocky Row, Fuller Rocks, John Hollow Shelter, James River Foot Bridge (Longest Bridge in the National Park and Forest System), James River, Ottie Cline Memorial Hike Details - We are going to meet shortly before 8:00 AM at the Fontaine Research Park to form carpools to the Punch Bowl Overlook at mile marker 51.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are going to set up a point to point shuttle hike along on the Appalachian Trail to Rt. 130 near Glasgow, Virginia. The hike will end at the James River Foot Bridge. We are going to start the hike by making the climb to the summit of Bluff Mountain. From the summit of Bluff Mountain, we will have amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is also near the summit, where we will come across the Ottie Cline Memorial. After soaking in the views, we will continue on the Appalachian Trail to Fuller Rocks and Big Rocky Row. We will be on the ridge line for most of this hike. With the leaves falling, we should have amazing views throughout the hike. We will begin our descent after Big Rocky Row to the James River. We will finish the hike at the James River Foot Bridge. We will go and pick up the cars at the starting point and complete the hike. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery. Carpools can be arranged accordingly, for those who wish to partake and those, who wish to return to Charlottesville. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, layers of clothing, beanies, gloves, $5 for your driver if not driving, lunch and snacks, 2 to 4 liters of water depending on the weather Disclaimer #2 - GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)

Fontaine Research Park

Ray C Hunt Dr · Charlottesville, VA

Respond by: 11/16/2018
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Welcome Hikers!

Our goal is to help you explore on foot the abundance of wonderful natural places Virginia has to offer. If you're a beginner, we'll make sure that you never hike alone (unless you want to!). We'll also teach you how to become an intrepid hiker capable of exploring wherever (the rugged Shenandoah National Park, for instance) and whenever (at night!). We're aided in our efforts to get out and explore by Great Outdoor Provision Co., which provides us space for clinics and meetings, and pays the fee for our Meetup site.

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Our leadership team consists of dedicated volunteers who work hard and give generously of their time so that we have a calendar full of fun events. As a Member, you can help show your appreciation by helping with the following:

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Know your capabilities before you sign up for a hike. The ratings system was developed so you have a good idea what you’re signing up for. Hike Leaders may screen prospective hikers to make sure that each participant can finish the hike. Self-evaluation and screening are important because someone who can’t finish a hike puts himself in danger and ruins the enjoyment for all.

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GetHiking Charlottesville is NOT a dating MeetUp group. We promote being in the outdoors, friendships, fitness and fun. Do not assume because someone is single and in the group that they are waiting for you to sweep them off their feet. Chances are, they aren’t. There are plenty of other MeetUp groups and websites, that are meant specifically for dating. Please join one of those, if you’re looking for someone to date…As member of GetHiking Charlottesville you agree to Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/27159289/Code_of_Conduct/)

Disclaimer:

GetHiking Charlottesville Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. By signing up for and/or attending our events, you acknowledge, understand, accept and agree that the activities we organize can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death.

GetHiking’s Charlottesville's Organizer, Co-Organizers, Event Organizers and Sponsors are not responsible for the safety of participants, members and guest. We will try our best to prevent accidents, but we are not responsible if something happens to you.
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Please be respectful of both the person organizing the event as well as other members who would have enjoyed the opportunity to join in the fun but were denied that opportunity due to a no-show.

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Hiking With Dogs:

Dogs are allowed on hikes at the discretion of the Hike Leader and the policies/regulations of the trails and area being hiked. Rather than assume that your pup is welcome on a hike, please ask in the hike's comment section if this is a "dog friendly hike". Prior to bringing your dog, please review our - Dog Policy (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22042321/Dog_Policy/)

Dogs must be kept on a short (max 6’, non-retractable) leash

Owners must pick up after their dogs

Owners must bring plenty of water for their dog

Dogs must be well behaved and capable of keeping up with the group

Despite all the necessary policy and guidelines, you will find that we’re a friendly and easy to get to know group. We hope you’ll get outside and join us on the trail soon!

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