What we're about

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.

Membership Information:

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:

Member Profile & Photo:

Name: Please refrain from using an alias – use your first name or first name and initial from last (i.e. Jane or Jane D).

Introduction: Write a line or two about yourself…

Picture: Please include a picture of yourself – not your dog, random landscape, group photo, etc… This is extremely helpful to event organizers who are trying to identify you. As a point of safety concerns – many hike leaders/event organizers will REQUIRE A PROFILE PHOTO FOR ATTENDANCE IN AN EVENT!!! Without an acceptable photo, you may find that you’re moved from attending an event to being waitlisted. If you have difficulty in uploading a photo, any event organizer will be happy to try to help you. If you have a personal reason for not wanting to post your photo, please include “No Photo” at the end of your Profile Introduction and be sure to communicate this to your event organizer(s).

Hike Ratings: You will find upcoming events posted on the Home Page as well as the calendar. Please read each event/hikes description to see if it’s a good fit for you. If you have any concerns about your ability to do a hike, please contact the Hikes Event Organizer. We want to the experience to be fun and safe for both you and your fellow hikers. If you are new to the group and/or new to hiking please review Hike Ratings - Hike Ratings (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22109834/Hike_Ratings_%28Mountain_Hikes%29).

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.

Code of Conduct: Members of GetHiking Charlottesville are required to show their organizers, hike leaders, sponsors and other members the utmost courtesy and respect. Disrespect or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and you will be immediately removed and banned from the group. If you feel you’ve been a victim of such behavior please bring it to the Organizer’s/Co-Organizer’s attention.

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.
By joining GetHiking Charlottesville you acknowledge and accept this disclaimer - GetHiking's Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)

RSVP:

When you RSVP for an event, you take up one of the allotted spaces for that event. If you don't show up, you deny another member the opportunity to attend. The same applies to changing your RSVP from "yes" to "no" just before an event. Even if an event is not full, the organizer must often make arrangements based on the number of people that RSVP'd and sometimes make last minute adjustments based on the number that actually attend.

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.

Only RSVP, if you plan to attend! If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please update your RSVP as soon as possible. Not showing up for an event results in a “No Show”. Three No Shows can lead to membership suspension and/or being dropped from events with a waitlist. It is each member’s responsibility to keep up with their RSVP’s… For more info see - RSVP and No Shows (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088090/RSVP_and_No_Shows/)

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!

Upcoming events (5+)

Advanced Backpacking: Adirondacks High Peaks, NY

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OVERVIEW: > Achieve vast views from atop New York State's four tallest mountains, plus many more, on this backpacking adventure in the Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness. > A warm-up day hike or two, then: backpacking 5 days, 4 nights, ~48 miles, ~15,000 feel total elevation gain (and loss). Mileages and elevation-changes noted below are approximate. DATES & TRAIL PLAN (July 2019): > Sat. 7/20: Drive to Heart Lake, stay in campground or Adirondack Loj there. Google Maps says: 620 miles, 9hrs 50 mins from Charlottesville. > Sun. 7/21: Visit nearby lakes, and hike 2.4 miles and 1,750 feet up to the summit of Ampersand Mountain, for 360 views. Round trip 4.8 miles. > Mon. 7/22 (bkpk day 1): 8.4 miles, +1700 & -700 feet, summit Mt. Jo, camp at Wallface Ponds. > Tues. 7/23 (bkpk day 2): 9.1 miles, +2,050 & -2,400 feet, views from Summit Rock, camp at Lake Colden. > Wed. 7/24 (bkpk day 3): 9.7 miles, +3,900 & - 3,750 feet, summit Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak, camp at southwest end of Avalanche Lake. > Thurs. 7/25 (bkpk day 4): 9.2 miles, +3,600 & -3,200 feet, summit Mt. Colden and Mt. Skylight, camp at Panther Gorge. > Fri. 7/26 (bkpk day 5): 11.3 miles, +3,000 & - 4,100 feet, summit Mt. Haystack and Mt. Marcy (highest in NYS at elevation 5,344 feet), end at Heart Lake – where we started. Stay in campground or Adirondack Loj there. > Sat. 7/27: If all of the above goes according to plan, this day is: drive back home, perhaps passing by some lakes along the way. > Sun. 7/28: Please schedule nothing for this day (in case for some reason one of the earlier days in this trip gets delayed, and we end up driving home on this day). PACE: 3.0 to 4.0 out of 5-scale (that's a relative hiking speed scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being super-fast -- not mph). Leader will trek at pace 3.5 or so; everyone will have a walkie-talkie and will need to stay within range. GUIDE: Matthew Rosefsky, Wilderness Medicine Instructor-Trainer & Geo Medic FEE: None! Trip Leader is volunteering his organizing and leadership time. Cover your own expenses (including food) and split shared expenses (including travel and satellite phone rental). Requested $200 donation to Wild Virginia, see below. PRE-REQUISITE: Significant backpacking experience and stamina required. INTERESTED? 0) Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics will be followed on this trip. If you sign up, then you are pledging to pre-read and adhere to LNT principles. Also, everyone will be required to sign a liability waiver. 1) Fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/n5vuedu AND then right away: 2) Email: matt (at) solowfa (dot) com to say (1) you filled out the form; AND (2) what is your backpacking experience, including *all* of the following: total number of times, when last time, longest duration, maximum total mileage, typical daily mileage and elevation gain you're accustomed to; AND (3) your questions. 3) Spaces are limited (max 8). It would be a shame to turn people away when the trip fills up, and then someone drops out with too little notice for a waitlistee to clear their schedule and come. To minimize this happening, when your email is reviewed and approved, a $200 deposit is required to sign up and secure a spot. If you make the deposit but then do not show up for the trip, it is not refundable. If you do show up for the trip, you will receive your $200 back. If you are able, and wish to show appreciation to the Leader for organizing and guiding, then please strongly consider having the $200 become a donation to Wild Virginia, a fantastic local non-profit which is in need of funds, to enable them to continue their hard work in protecting many of our region's wilderness areas -- which we love to visit, and so future generations will be able to enjoy it as wilderness. If you are not able to afford the donation or some portion thereof, it is perfectly fine to receive the deposit back in full once you've showed up for the trip

Three Falls Circuit Hike-9.3 miles-Strenuous

4105 Lewis and Clark Dr

Starting Point - Big Meadows Amphitheater Ending Point - Big Meadows Amphitheater Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 9.3 miles/Strenuous/2200 feet of elevation change Hike Highlights - Big Meadows Campground, Fishers Gap, Fishers Gap Overlook, Rose River Trail, Hogcamp Branch, Rose River Falls, Dark Hollow Falls, Dark Hollow Falls Trail, Lewis Spring Falls, Lewis Spring Falls Trail Disclaimer #1 - Dogs are not going to be allowed on this hike. Dogs are allowed on most of the trails within Shenandoah National Park. One of the trails where dogs are not allowed is the Dark Hollow Falls Trail. Please make sure to keep your dog at home if you have one. The hike leader will not allow you on the hike if you attempt to bring your dog on this hike. Disclaimer #2 - This hike is rated as a strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list. Hikers will remain on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. Those hikers, who have not hiked with me, will need to answer the following questions. 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 to the above questions need to be answered within one week of the RSVP date. Failure to answer these questions will move the hiker from the wait list to NOT GOING. The answers can be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. Hike Details - This is a circuit hike that includes three of the best waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park. These three waterfalls are the Rose River Falls, the Dark Hollow Falls, and the Lewis Spring Falls. We are going to be hiking to all three of these falls. We are going to meet shortly before 8:15 AM at the North Research Park out by the CHO Airport. We are going to leave the carpool location and enter Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive thru the Swift Run Gap entrance. We are going to turn left (North) onto Skyline Drive and drive up to the Big Meadows Campground. We are going to park at the Big Meadows Amphitheater. From the Big Meadows Amphitheater, we are going to hike down to the Appalachian Trail. We are going to turn right (northbound) on the Appalachian Trail. We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail to the Fishers Gap overlook. We are going to turn right and walk about 100 yards to Skyline Drive and begin our descent on the Rose River Trail. We will come to our first waterfall, the Rose River Falls in about a mile. After taking some pictures and enjoying the Falls, we are going to continue down the trail to the intersection with the Rose River Falls Fire Road. This is the base of the Dark Hollow Falls. We are going to continue up the Dark Hollow Falls and enjoy Dark Hollow Falls. After soaking in Dark Hollow Falls, we are going to hike up to Skyline Drive. We are going to cross Skyline Drive and hike over to the Visitor Center. We will continue to the Lewis Spring Falls. We will complete the Lewis Springs Falls trail, and return to our cars. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/ThreeFalls/ As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or in this case, the Big Meadows Wayside. Carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, 3 to 4 liters of water, lunch and snacks, first aid kit, trekking poles, camera/phone, $5 for your driver if not driving, sunscreen, tick repellent, moisture wicking clothing Disclaimer #3 - 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/)

Wil Kohlbrenner Circuit Hike-12 miles-Very Strenuous-Exploratory Hiking Series

Starting Point - Massanutten Trail Crossing on Crisman Hollow Road Ending Point - Massnutten Trail Crossing on Crisman Hollow Road Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 12 miles/Very Strenuous/3000 feet Hike Highlights - Kerns Mountain, Multiple Vistas along the Massanutten Trail, Massanutten Trail, Jawbone Gap Trail, Scothorn Gap Trail, Crisman Hollow Road, Creek Gap Trail Disclaimer #1 - This is the first in a series of five hikes for the month of August of hikes that I have not done. I will not have the opportunity to prehike any of these hikes or most of these trails. All hikers are going to start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers on the wait list. Those, who have not hiked with me before, will need to answer the following questions. 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 to the above questions can be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. First time hikers have a week to answer the questions before being moved to NOT GOING. Hike Details - This is the first of five exploratory hikes that I have not done. This is a s circuit hike in the George Washington National Forest on the Massanutten Ridge. We are going to start by meeting shortly before 8:00 AM at the North Research Park to form carpools to the trailhead on Crisman Hollow Road. We are going to start the hike at the trail crossing on Crisman Hollow Road. We are going to make the short climb up to the ridge line using the Massanutten Trail. For the next four plus miles of hiking, we will have ridge line views and rock outcroppings. It will culminate with the short climb up to the best view of the hike at the junction with the Jawbone Gap Trail. We are going to turn right and descend on the Jawbone Gap Trail to Crisman Hollow Road. We are going to cross Crisman Hollow Road and climb up the Creek Gap Trail to the junction with the Scothorn Gap Trail. We are going to continue on the Scothorn Gap Trail to the junction with the Massnutten Trail. We are going to follow the Massanutten Trail uphill and back to the cars at the trail crossing at Crisman Hollow Road. Please make sure to review the hike link below before signing up for this hike. http://www.midatlantichikes.com/id190.html What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, first aid kit, lunch/snacks, 3 to 5 liters of water, camera/phone, day pack, moisture wicking clothing, sunscreen, tick repellent 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 in the post hike. 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/)

Polo Match at King Family

Brownsville Elementary School

We are going to meet at Brownsville Elementary School to set up a short carpool to King Family Vineyards for the Sunday afternoon polo matches. The Sunday polo matches are a summer time tradition at King Family that go into early October. Disclaimer #1 - In order for this event to happen, we are going to need one to possibly two tents to keep everybody out of the sun, two to three tables, and everybody does need to volunteer to bring a food item to share with the group. In addition to bringing a food item to share with the group, every person that signs up will need to volunteer to buy one bottle of wine for the group during the polo matches. When you RSVP, please post a comment as to what food item you will bring and if you have a tent or table to bring for the group to put the food and wine onto. If we cannot get tent(s) and two or three tables, I will have no choice to pull the event. I am gong to wait until 48 hours before the event if we do not have tents or tables. Disclaimer #2 - This Meetup has a cap of ten people and no more. With the limited number of spaces, there will be no guests for this event. If you cannot make it, please make sure to change your RSVP immediately so that those on the wait list can go. I do understand that last minute emergencies do arise and that you might need to cancel. However, canceling the morning of the event for no reason with people on the wait list is very rude and inconsiderate. If you decide to do this, I will remember for future events or hikes. What to Bring - lawn chairs, blankets if you so desire to sit on the ground, money for a bottle of wine to share with the group. Please review the link below for any other questions that you might have. https://kingfamilyvineyards.com/polo/

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Nicholson Hollow Trail to Corbin Cabin-Moderate-8 miles

4105 Lewis and Clark Dr

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