• Grayson Highlands AT/Pine Mtn Loop

    Massie Gap

    Details: Backpacking From Massie Gap Parking area ( Grayson Highlands State park, Entrance fee required) on the Appalachain Trail and Pine Mountain trail. 14.0 miles OVERVIEW: We will Meet at 10:00 AM on May 11th to start our loop hike. We will hike 8.2 miles Saturday. Sunday May 12th we will hike 5.8 miles back to Massie Gap Parking lot. We will finish at 3:00 PM DATES & TRAIL PLAN: Sat. 5/11: Meet at Massie Gap parking lot at 10:00 AM. We will hike southbound on the Appalachain trail to the spur trail for Mount Rogers (highest mountain in Va). We will take the spur trail to the top and back. We will backtrack 1.2 miles back down the AT to the north and connect up with the Pine Mountain trail. We will continue down the trail 1 mile and camp in a semi protected clearing with great views to the east and west. Total miles: 8.2 Sun. 5/12: We will break camp and be hiking by 9:00 AM. We will continue down the Pine Mountain trail for 1 more mile until we intersect with the AT. We will continue on the AT heading Southbound across the beautiful open high country. We will Arrive back to Massie Gap parking area at 3:00 PM. Total miles: 5.8 PACE: 1.25 - 1.5 mph PREREQUISITE: Beginner backpacking experience. Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics will be followed on this trip. If you sign up, you pledge to pre-read and adhere to LNT principles. https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

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  • Three Ridges (Moderately Hard...and possible cold)

    Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Post 13/VA664

    Ok, let's try this again. This very nice hike starts at Reed's Gap parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the parking area, we hike up the 1.5 miles to the Maupin Shelter and camp Friday night. On Saturday, we'll hike up and over the hills and down to the Harper's Creek Shelter. On Sunday, we follow the blue blazes of the Mar-Har Trail back up to the Maupin Shelter and back to the cars. It's about 7 miles each way, mostly down on Saturday, and mostly...up, on Sunday. If the weather cooperates we'll have campfires each night. The campsites are plentiful and there's shelters for use also. If the weather is too cold on Friday night, it's an east 30 min walk back to the cars. There's plenty of water at both shelters and plenty of water, as we follow Campbell Creek, back to the cars on Sunday. For detailed description and maps http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/ThreeRidges/

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  • Havasu Falls

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  • Grand Canyon Backpacking #4, 5 Nights (plus travel), Easy

    Bright Angel Trail Head, Grand Canyon NP

    This will be my 4th time hosting this trip, I can't believe it's been 3 years since the last one! Here's the video from the last trip: https://youtu.be/V7JVP_7yU3U The hiking is pretty easy, but you do have to hike out! The dates are tentative, as I am flexible and can adjust dates if necessary. -------------------------------------------- UPDATED ITINERARY (AS OF 8 NOV 18) Dear Philip Reed, "Congratulations! You have been issued permit[masked] for a Grand Canyon backpacking trip beginning on 03/31/2019 for 5 hikers. Night by Night Itinerary: 1. 03/31/2019 CBG BRIGHT ANGEL CAMPGROUND 2. 04/01/2019 CCG COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND 3. 04/02/2019 CCG COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND 4. 04/03/2019 CBG BRIGHT ANGEL CAMPGROUND 5. 04/04/2019 CIG INDIAN GARDEN CAMPGROUND 6. 04/05/2019 OUT Hiking Out" 30 Mar - Fly to Phoenix/rent car drive to GCNP/ overnight BA LODGE 31 Mar - Hike to Bright Angel Campground/steak dinner at Phantom Ranch 1 Apr - Hike to Cottonwood Campground, camp 2 Apr - Hike to North Rim, camp at Cottonwood 3 April - Hike to Bright Angel Campground 4 April - Hike to Indian Garden Campground 5 April - Hike BA trail to South Rim, hotel at BA LODGE 6 April - Drive to Phoenix, Fly out. notes. - I recommend we hike the Kaibab trail from the south rim (shuttle from BA Lodge to Kaibab trail head) to BA campground (approx 7 miles) - BA campground is adjacent to Phantom Ranch. - We will visit a waterfall on the way to Cottonwood. - reserve a steak dinner for the night of 31 March at Phantom Ranch, our first pass through this area, they are sold out on the 3d - our return hike will be on the BA trail, to Indian Garden, then the south rim. We should arrive back at the trail head from Indian Garden between 10-11AM. Plenty of time to check into BA lodge, rest and sight see. We can have a victory feast at El Tovar or BA. (can't remember if reservations are necessary at El Tovar) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ option of ordering a steak dinner at phantom ranch I will rent the car, but will need to be paid in advance for share of car and gas (because people from my last trip made me contact them multiple times after the trip before paying up) further, there is the option of staying 2 nights at cottonwood and making a day trip to the north rim (or as far as one can get to it) I need to get a permit, it's a lottery and the earliest you can enter is 4 months out, so there's no guarantee of a permit. But March/April is a pretty slow time, if you submit the request early. Since this is a meetup and not a tour, you'll be responsible for your own lodging, meals, flights, etc, including reserving your own dinner at phantom ranch. A room at bright angel lodge is about $89 plus tax. Further, your flight needs to arrive either before or around the same time as my flight, since I'm getting the car. But we'll coordinate this after we get the permit.

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  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course

    Brock Environmental Center - Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    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. >> WHO: Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are. >> TIMING: This is a 2-day class 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. >> Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $275! You save $80, thanks in part to Great Outdoor Provision Co. (GOPC) sponsorship of this class.). >> Charity Fundraising: GOPC and MEDIC will donate 10% of course proceeds to Lynnhaven River NOW, a local nonprofit organization. >> INFO / TO REGISTER: http://www.solowfa.com or 434-INJURED [masked]) *** YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM *** Spaces are limited.

  • Backpacking the Superstition Mountains, AZ.

    Peralta Trailhead

    Who is ready for Spring? We are offering a great 6 day 5 night guided trip through the beautiful rugged Superstition Mtns in Sunny Arizona. This backpacking trip is a 6 day and 5 night trek covering 30 miles through the Superstition Wilderness in Tonto National Forest. The trip starts at the popular Peralta Trailhead. Our trek takes us through sanded and jagged canyons with 4000 foot rock spires as well as boulder-filled canyon beds. We will also walk through a 200 year old Saguaro forest with cactus that tower 40 to 60 feet in height. During our 6 day trek we will take in the stunning views of this large western landscape. Come explore the narrows of lower La Barge box canyon, enjoy dinner while watching stunning sunsets and sleep in peaceful campsites surrounded by Saguaro cactus, star clusters and the Milky Way. For more info please visit our website www.fourwindstrekkingco.com

  • Three Ridges (Moderately Hard...and cold)

    AT Reed's Gap(mp 13 BRP) to

    Ok, let's try this again. This very nice hike starts at Reed's Gap parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the parking area, we hike up the 1.5 miles to the Maupin Shelter and camp Friday night. On Saturday, we'll hike up and over the hills and down to the Harper's Creek Shelter. On Sunday, we follow the blue blazes of the Mar-Har Trail back up to the Maupin Shelter and back to the cars. It's about 7 miles each way, mostly down on Saturday, and mostly...up, on Sunday. If the weather cooperates we'll have campfires each night. The campsites are plentiful and there's shelters for use also. If the weather is too cold on Friday night, it's an east 30 min walk back to the cars. There's plenty of water at both shelters and plenty of water, as we follow Campbell Creek, back to the cars on Sunday. For detailed description and maps http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/ThreeRidges/

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  • WINTER-X (pray for snow) at Dolly Sods Wilderness

    Dolly Sods Wilderness

    Hello all my COLD-HEARTED friends! WINTER is coming!!! So for all of you that have WINTER gear.. get it out and get it ready! This is a SNOW on-the-ground hike (last time we had knee deep snow).. so be prepared for COLD CONDITIONS. If you have never hiked before or only have summer gear and you want to see if you can survive... this is NOT your hike. PLAN Friday: Meet at 7AM at the Park-n-Ride in Newport News (201 Yorktown Rd). [Basically you need to unplug and take Friday OFF to ride with us.] Carpool shuffle and drive to the SOUTH end of DSWilderness - to the Red Creek Parking Lot. Hike about 2-3 miles up Red Creek and make a Base Camp. Saturday: Day hike (slack pack) to the famous LIONS HEAD rock formation (Breathed Mountain). We will also conduct some Winter Training back at Base Camp: Cold Weather Fire making, Snow Shelters, Snow-to-Water Collection, Winter Water Crossings. Sunday: Hike out after a great breakfast and go find a restaurant to have the obligatory lunch and thaw out! --------------------- NOTE: We are a GO for this hike whether we have snow or not.. can't cancel a good hike just because Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. :) We can always swing by Dairy Queen on the way home and get a Blizzard if we have to! Here is a link the the similar hike a couple years ago: https://www.meetup.com/OCBackpackers/events/227260515/ Join us!

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