• Browns Hollow and Emerald Pond Circuit Hike-11.0 miles-Strenuous

    UVA North Research Park

    Starting Point - Massanutten Visitor Center on Rt. 211 Ending Point - Massanutten Visitor Center on Rt. 211 Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 11 miles/Strenuous/2900 feet Disclaimer #1 - This hike is rated as a strenuous hike. Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers who have not hiked with me before will need to answer the following vetting questions. 1. How often do you hike? 2. What strenuous hikes have you completed? 3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed? The answers to these questions need to be emailed to at [masked] or via Meetup messages within one week of the RSVP. Failure to answer these questions within one week will move the hiker from the wait list to NOT GOING. Disclaimer #2 - This hike does offer the opportunity to possibly go for a swim into the Emerald Pond. The swim is completely optional. However, if you do wish to go for a swim in the Emerald Pond, you do need to bring water shoes. The bottom of the pond is rocky. Hike Highlights - Wildflower Trail, Browns Hollow, Browns Hollow Trail, Roaring Run, Roaring Run Trail, Emerald Pond, Byrd Knob, Byrd Knob Trail, Massanutten Trail, Amazing ridgline views along the Massanutten Trail, Incredible rock formations on the Massanutten Trail Hike Details - This hike provides an opportunity to see a mountain pond fed by a natural spring and amazing views from the Massanutten Ridgeline. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Browns Hollow. We are going to meet at the North Research Park shortly before 8:15 AM to form the carpools to the trailhead at the Massnutten Visitor Center on Rt. 211. Upon our arrival at the trailhead, we are going to start the hike on the Wildflower Trail down to the intersection with the Browns Hollow Trail. We are going to descend into Browns Hollow to the Roaring Run stream crossing. This stream crossing is the only stream crossing for this hike, and it could be tricky if there is rainfall in the days leading up to the hike. After crossing Roaring Run, we are going to start the climb up the gorge on the Browns Hollow Trail to the trail junction with the Roaring Run Trail. We will turn right onto the Roaring Run Trail. We are going to make the steep climb up to the ridgline and our lunch spot for the hike. After lunch, we will descend about a half mile to the forestry service road and Massanutten Trail. We will turn right onto the Massanutten Trail/Service Road. We will hike up the Service Road to the intersection with the Byrd Knob Trail. We will turn left onto the Byrd Knob Trail, and hike less than a tenth of a mile to a fork. We will turn right onto the fork and make our way to the Emerald Pond. There will be an optional swim, for those who would like to go for a swim. We will retrace our steps to the Byrd Knob Trail and turn right onto the Byrd Knob Trail. We will hike the Byrd Knob Trail up to the ridgeline and the intersection with the Massanutten Trail. We will turn left onto the Massanutten Trail. On this stretch of trail, we will have multiple rock outcroppings and viewpoints into West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. We descend past some incredible rock formations and close the circuit with the Wildflower Trail. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local brewery or restaurant. Carpools can be arranged accordingly. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, moisture wicking clothing, swimwear/water shoes/change of clothes (if going for a swim), lunch/snacks, 3 to 4 liters of water, first aid kit, sunscreen, tick repellent, $8 for your driver if not driving 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/)

  • MONTPELIER + CONFEDERATE WINTER CAMP & GILMORE CABIN-EASY 6 MILES. BRING FIDO!

    We will meet at Rivanna Ridge Shopping Center & caravan/carpool north on Rt. 20 about 28 miles to our first stop - the Montpelier Train Depot. From there we'll take the loop trail across the road, to the reconstructed Confederate winter camp, then to the Gilmore Cabin, home of a free man of color built at the end of the Civil War. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/25/AR2010022505232.html From there, we'll proceed to Montpelier's visitor center parking lot. After an inside pit stop, we'll begin the 5 mile hike through a variety of landscapes: quiet groves of old growth oak and tulip trees, meadows and pastures, and along the race course to the slave cemetery and Madison family burial ground - an approximate 90 minute easy hike. http://www.montpelier.org Some may choose to tour the house on their own after the hike. (Ticket about $22.00.) The beautiful grounds and archaeological slave cabin excavation sites are free. OPTIONAL: Afterward, we'll head to the famous Exchange BBQ in Gordonsville for late lunch. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. See menu at: http://www.bbqex.com/kitchen.html . Next door is the allegedly haunted Exchange Hotel, a Civil War receiving hospital, that is well worth a visit. (Ticket $10.00/no charge to walk the grounds, which have great signage.) MEETING PLACE: N.E. corner of parking lot, end of lot opposite Stix Kebab. Look for my red KIA wagon, license ZEATTLE. Please pay your carpool driver a few dollars for fuel. Guesstimate return to Pantops: around 3:00pm. We are flexible: participants can deviate from the hike at any time. Please, no last minute cancellations. If running late, CALL OR TEXT ME at[masked]. No emails or MeetUp messages after 8:00am. Please be sure have your photo posted by day of hike. Can't wait to see you for a fun day.

  • Saint Marys Falls - Retrace 5.5 miles (Moderate)

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    Saint Marys Wilderness - George Washington National Forest Get wet!!!Located in the Saint Marys Wilderness of the George Washington National Forest, this a moderate 5.5 mile retrace hike that will take us up the lower Saint Marys River Trail up to Saint Marys Falls. Saint Mary Falls is spectacular, one of the top rated in all of Virginia. The hike will start at the Saint Marys parking lot at the end of FDR 41. We will hike along the beautiful Saint Marys River crossing it five times before we get to the Falls for lunch and enjoy great swimming hole. We will hike at a slower pace, with frequent stops to enjoy the incredible beauty of this wilderness area. Difficulty: moderate Note on difficulty: This hike will have only 500' of elevation gain, and none of the trail is steep. However, expect about ten total water crossings and also note that a portion of trail disappears and we will need to get wet and wade the river in water above our knees to reach the falls. For more info check out our Hike Ratings (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22109834/Hike_Ratings_%28Mountain_Hikes%29) Where: I will meet you at Rockfish Gap at 9am by Kings Popcorn please arrive by 9amso that we can figure out who is riding with whom. Driving from Charlottesville head West on I-64 to Rockfish Gap exit 99 (for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive) and parking area next to King Popcorn stand. We will meetup with others and consolidate cars at Rockfish Gap before driving as group to the Saint Marys River parking lot at end of FDR 41. If you plan on driving directly to The trailhead,, please say so in the comment section, so that we are not waiting for you at the carpool location. Please be at Rockfish Gap by 9am Fees & Such: Of course for the carpool to work, some have to offer to drive so others can ride. Riders, please give your driver $5.00 to cover their expenses. Supplies: please bring plenty of water and wear hiking boots/bring water shoes. Trekking poles are recommended for this hike. We will be taking a nice break for exploring at Saint Marys Falls - so bring lunch and snacks...! Also, pay attention to the mountain weather - a rain shell is always a good idea to have in your pack. Weather: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike, the decision will be made no later than 6:00 a.m. - cancellations will be posted on the hike comment section... Steady rain with not much chance for clearing will most likely call for postponing the hike. RSVP: Group is limited to 10 hikers since this is a Wilderness area. If you find that you're not going to be able to attend the hike, please update your RSVP to "No" as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend. Disclaimer: 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- GetHiking Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)

  • Saint Marys Falls - Retrace 5.5 miles (Moderate)

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    Saint Marys Wilderness - George Washington National Forest Get wet!!!Located in the Saint Marys Wilderness of the George Washington National Forest, this a moderate 5.5 mile retrace hike that will take us up the lower Saint Marys River Trail up to Saint Marys Falls. Saint Mary Falls is spectacular, one of the top rated in all of Virginia. The hike will start at the Saint Marys parking lot at the end of FDR 41. We will hike along the beautiful Saint Marys River crossing it five times before we get to the Falls for lunch and enjoy great swimming hole. We will hike at a slower pace, with frequent stops to enjoy the incredible beauty of this wilderness area. Difficulty: moderate Note on difficulty: This hike will have only 500' of elevation gain, and none of the trail is steep. However, expect about ten total water crossings and also note that a portion of trail disappears and we will need to get wet and wade the river in water above our knees to reach the falls. For more info check out our Hike Ratings (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/22109834/Hike_Ratings_%28Mountain_Hikes%29) Where: I will meet you at Rockfish Gap at 9am by Kings Popcorn please arrive by 9amso that we can figure out who is riding with whom. Driving from Charlottesville head West on I-64 to Rockfish Gap exit 99 (for Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive) and parking area next to King Popcorn stand. We will meetup with others and consolidate cars at Rockfish Gap before driving as group to the Saint Marys River parking lot at end of FDR 41. If you plan on driving directly to The trailhead,, please say so in the comment section, so that we are not waiting for you at the carpool location. Please be at Rockfish Gap by 9am Fees & Such: Of course for the carpool to work, some have to offer to drive so others can ride. Riders, please give your driver $5.00 to cover their expenses. Supplies: please bring plenty of water and wear hiking boots/bring water shoes. Trekking poles are recommended for this hike. We will be taking a nice break for exploring at Saint Marys Falls - so bring lunch and snacks...! Also, pay attention to the mountain weather - a rain shell is always a good idea to have in your pack. Weather: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike, the decision will be made no later than 6:00 a.m. - cancellations will be posted on the hike comment section... Steady rain with not much chance for clearing will most likely call for postponing the hike. RSVP: Group is limited to 10 hikers since this is a Wilderness area. If you find that you're not going to be able to attend the hike, please update your RSVP to "No" as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend. Disclaimer: 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- GetHiking Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/GetHiking-Charlottesville-Charlottesville-VA/pages/21088739/Disclaimer/)

  • Riprap Hollow Circuit Hike-9.5 miles-Strenuous

    Fontaine Research Park

    Starting Point - Riprap Parking Area (Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive) Ending Point - Riprap Parking Area (Mile Marker 90 on Skyline Drive) Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 9.5 miles/Strenuous/2200 feet Hike Highlights - Appalachian Trail, Riprap Trail, Chimney Rock, Multiple rock outcroppings and vistas, spring fed swimming hole, multiple stream crossings, Wildcat Ridge Trail Disclaimer #1 - 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 until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. Those hikers, 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? Answers to these questions will need to be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. New hikers will have one week of their RSVP to answer the vetting questions above. Failure to answer the questions within one week will move those hikers to NOT GOING. Hike Details - After an extended closure of Skyline Drive in the South District, it is time to get back into the South District and do some hiking in the South District. The Riprap Hollow Circuit is one of the more popular and challenging hikes in the South District. We are going to start by meeting at the Fontaine Research Park shortly before 8:15 AM to form carpools. We are going to drive into Shenandoah National Park via Rockfish Gap and Skyline Drive. We are going to drive to the Riprap Parking Area located at mile marker 90 on Skyline Drive. From the parking area, we are going to start the hike by walking up to the Appalachian Trail. We are going to turn right and hike a short steep climb up to the junction with the Riprap Trail. We are going to turn left on the Riprap Trail. Along the Riprap Trail, we will have expansive views of the Shenandoah Valley, rock outcroppings including Chimney Rock. As we continue on the Riprap Trail, we will descend into a gorge that includes a small waterfall, a stream crossing, and a small swimming hole. We will continue on the Riprap Trail to the intersection with the Wildcat Ridge Trail. We are going to turn left onto the Wildcat Ridge Trail and begin the steep ascent back up to the ridge line and the Appalachian Trail. Upon reaching the Appalachian Trail, we are going to turn left onto Appalachian Trail. We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail northbound back to our cars and complete the hike. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery. The carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - Broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, water shoes and swimwear (if going for a swim in the swimming hole), lunch/snacks, 3 to 4 liters of water, sunscreen, camera/phone, $5 for your driver, permetherin, first aid kit, moisture wicking clothing (COTTON IS NOT RECOMMENDED), SNP annual pass 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/)

  • Bike Ride - High Bridge Trail - 10 Miles Post Bike Ride Food/Drink Stop

    Lets get in a bike ride on the High Bridge Trail. This is a beautiful, meandering rail trail bike path that is located in High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville, VA. The entire trail is 31-Miles in length. On our bike journey, we will traverse a 5-mile section. We will start from the vicinity of Downtown Farmville, VA and bike 5 miles to the iconic High Bridge - which towers 125 feet above the Appomattox River and its flood plain. The length of the bridge is nearly a half-mile and has stood the test of time dating back to the Civil War. From the High Bridge we will stop for a break and allow all participants to take in the spectacular scenery. We will then retrace our way back to our starting point. And at the conclusion of our bike ride - for those that are interested - we can go to Macado's in the vicinity of downtown Farmville for a bite to eat and drink. And if time allows - and for those that might be interested - we can stop by Green Front Furniture and browse through there warehouse of Persian, Moroccan, and Turkish rugs. For general information about the High Bridge Trail, you can reference this website: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/high-bridge-trail What To Bring: >In order to participate, you must bring/provide your own bike. >bike helmet >a small backpack to transport snacks, sunscreen, and any other essential items you would like to have with you for the bike ride >funds to pay for any personal food and/or drinks you want to acquire Driving Distance From Charlottesville: anticipate a 1.5-hour drive from Charlottesville to downtown Farmville Carpool Fee: if you ride with someone else, please pay your driver at least $5.00 as a carpool fee Other Footnote: If you elect to be a driver and are open to having others ride with you, please indicate in the "Comment Section" how many bikes and passengers you are able to transport. This should be a really fun and active way to spend your Saturday. Hope you are able to participate.

  • July 4th Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello

    Piedmont Virginia Community College

    Let's go to one of the biggest Naturalization Ceremonies in the country on the 4th of July. You will need to order and print your tickets online. The best part is that this is a free event. I have gone every year for the past three years to see new citizens take the oath of citizenship. You will also have the opportunity to hear Khizr Kahn, Gold Star Father speak. Khizr lost his son to the war in Iraq, and he is a very active community member in the Charlottesville community. The tickets can be "ordered and purchased" at the link below. I am planning on getting my ticket for the 7:45 AM shuttle, and I can meet people at 7:30 AM at PVCC or I can meet people at the shuttle drop off point at Monticello. It is recommended that you arrive about 15 minutes before your shuttle departure time. Hopefully, we will be able to sit in the same area during the ceremony. https://www.monticello.org/exhibits-events/calendar-of-events/details/july-4th-at-monticello/2019-07-04/ If people are interested, we can go and get a bite to eat after the naturalization ceremony. Please answer what shuttle you will be taking to Monticello.

  • Thornton River Hike-10.5 miles-Strenuous

    UVA North Research Park

    Starting Point - Elkwallow Wayside (Mile Marker 24.1) Ending Point - Elkwallow Wayside (Miler Marker 24.1) Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 10.5 miles/Strenuous/2200 feet Disclaimer #1 - Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hike experience of all hikers. All hikers, who have not hiked with me, will need to answer the following questions before I can allow you on the hike. 1. How often do you hike? 2. What strenuous hikes have you completed? 3. When and what was the last strenuous hike that you completed? All new hikers have one week of their RSVP to answer these questions. If I do not receive the answers to the above questions within one week, the hiker will be moved to NOT GOING. Answers to the questions need to be emailed to me at [masked] or via Meetup messages. Hike Highlights - Elkwallow Wayside, Appalachian Trail, Piney Ridge Trail, Fork Mountain Trail, Thornton Hollow Trail, Thornton River Trail, Thornton River crossings, Thornton River Falls, Skyline Drive, Spring flowers starting to emerge (fingers crossed) Hike Details - This circuit hike is one of my favorite circuit hikes to do in the early Spring. When I did this hike last year at this time, the flowers were starting to emerge along the trails. It made for an amazingly beautiful hike along the Thornton River. We are going to meet shortly before 8:00 AM at the North Research Park to form carpools. We are going to drive up to the North District of Shenandoah National Park to the Elkwallow Wayside. From the Elkwallow Wayside, we are going to cross Skyline Drive and begin our hike on the Appalachian Trail. We are going to hike the Appalachian Trail northbound about a mile to the intersection with the Range View Service Road. We will turn right and go about 150 feet to the Piney Ridge Trail. We are going to turn right onto the Piney Ridge Trail. We will hike the Piney Ridge Trail to the junction with the Fork Mountain Trail. We will stay right/straight and continue on the Fork Mountain Trail to the intersection with the Thornton Hollow Trail. We will turn right onto the Thornton Hollow Trail and take the Thornton Hollow Trail down into the valley. We will reach a four way intersection with the Thornton River Trail and the Hull School Trail. We will turn right onto the Thornton River Trail and begin the steady climb back up to Skyline Drive. We will have multiple stream crossings prior to reaching Skyline Drive. We will cross Skyline Drive and take a connector trail up to the Appalachian Trail. We will turn right onto the Appalachian Trail and complete the circuit hike back at the Elkwallow Wayside. Please make sure to review the hike link below before you sign up for this hike. https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/ThorntonRiver/ As is tradition with my hikes, there is an optional post hike at a local restaurant or brewery following the hike. Carpools can be arranged accordingly for those, who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, 3 to 4 liters of water, $5 for your driver if not driving, layers of clothing for colder weather in the mountains, beanies/gloves, annual SNP pass if you have one, lunch/snacks, camera/phone, first aid kit 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/)

  • Petites Gap to Apple Orchard Falls/Sunset Field-10.8 miles-Strenuous

    Starting Point - Petite's Gap (Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 71) Ending Point - Sunset Fields overlook (Blue Ridge Parkway mile marker 78.4) Hike Distance/Rating/Elevation - 10.8 miles/Strenuous/2500 feet of elevation Disclaimer #1 - This hike is a point to point hike through the Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area. The Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area is a designated wilderness area. Since this hike is through a designated wilderness area, this hike is going to be capped at ten hikers and no more. Disclaimer #2 - Since this hike is rated as a strenuous hike, all hikers will start the hike on the wait list until I can verify the hiking experience of all hikers. Those hikers, 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? Answers to these questions need to be answered within one week of the RSVP. Failure to answer these questions within one week 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 Highlights - Petite's Gap, Thunder Ridge Wilderness, Appalachian Trail, Thunder Ridge Overlook, the Guillotine, Apple Orchard Mountain, FAA Radar Dome, Apple Orchard Falls, Sunset Field Overlook, Apple Orchard Falls Trail, Apple Orchard Falls Hike Details - This is going to be a point to point car shuttle hike in the Thunder Ridge Wilderness Area. This stretch of Appalachian Trail offers a lot in this part of Virginia. We are going to start by forming carpools at the Fontaine Research Park in Charlottesville. We are going to be leaving promptly at 8:00 AM for the Petite's Gap parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Upon our arrival at the Petite's Gap parking area, we are going to form a car shuttle and leave cars at the Sunset Field Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, our end point. We are going to start the hike by hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound. We will have a long and steady climb up to the Thunder Ridge Overlook. From the Thunder Ridge Overlook, we are going to have amazing views of the wilderness area and of the Devil's Marbleyard. After soaking in the amazing views, we are going to continue on the Appalachian Trail through the Guillotine and make the climb up to the summit of Apple Orchard Mountain and FAA Radar Dome. This will probably be our lunch spot. We are going to continue onto the Apple Orchard Falls Trail. We are going to turn right and go down to the base of Apple Orchard Falls. This is going to be a steep descent and a steep ascent back up from the Falls. The last time I visited these falls, it was amazing. We will retrace our steps past the Appalachian Trail and up to the cars parked at the endpoint of this shuttle hike at Sunset Field Overlook. As is tradition with my hikes, there will be an optional post hike at a local restaurant/brewery. We can arrange carpools, for those who wish to partake in the post hike. What to Bring - broken in hiking boots, trekking poles, sunscreen, 3 to 4 liters of water, moisture wicking clothing (NOT COTTON), a good day pack, lunch/snacks, $10 for your driver if not driving, personal first aid kit, insect repellent 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/)

  • 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