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COVID: To help reduce the odds of others getting sick, we prefer that you be fully vaccinated against COVID when you come, and that you bring a mask and mask up when you’re in a group or close to someone you don’t know, such as at the start or other points during an outing.

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A sometime squirrely group of folks in the Greater Washington DC area bound by the belief that life is best taken one step at a time. Events are primarily day hikes (from easy to difficult), but include other outdoor activities, including multi-day adventure trips, and occasional social ones.

We use the "It's quite a feet" hike rating system:

- Easy, less than 2 blisters

- Moderate, 2 to 3.5 blisters

- Difficult, greater than 3.5 blisters

where 1 blister = about 5 mi., or about 2500' up or down.

Events are may also be listed at Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO; https://www.sierraclub.org/virginia/potomac-region-outings ).

For members used to Meetup groups: There are no stupid Meetup reminders (unless I forget to check the box); instead, you'll get one or two emails per month from me about upcoming events. I've been told this is much more annoying. There aren't that many events anyway because this is a Meetup for people who have better things to do.

Finally, RSVP'ing on Wandering Soles for events is nice, but does not imply a commitment. That is, it doesn't matter if you RSVP or not, only if you show up or not. Come to think of it, that doesn't matter much either. If an event is limited in participation or requires a registration, you'll be asked to RSVP directly to a (hopefully) live human being.

Upcoming events (2)

Volcanoes in Paradise: Hiking Kauai & the Big Island

Needs a location

This trip is FULL. To be waitlisted, contact Mike ([masked]).

NOTE: Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply. An application is required for participation in this AMC Adventure Travel trip. Please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement.
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Extending 1500 miles across the central Pacific, the Hawaiian Archipelago forms a veritable tropical paradise, isolated from the nearest continent by 2000 miles of sea. Hawaii's spectacular scenery over a wide range of terrain, altitude, and ecosystems, makes its "paradise" appellative especially apt for hikers. Experience this hiking bounty with us on two of the Aloha State's main islands, Kauai and the island of Hawai'i, better known as the Big Island.

KAUAI:
Kauai Highlights (5 days): Awa'awapuhi Trail; Maniniholo Dry Cave, Kalalau Trail, and Hanakāpī‘ai Falls on N? Pali Coast; Nounou Mountain, Wailua Falls, and Ho'opi'i Falls; Waimea Canyon and Waipo'o Falls; and Alaka'i Swamp.

THE BIG ISLAND:
The Big Island Highlights (7 days): Lava trees and black-sand beaches; Kīlauea, Kīlauea Iki, Thurston Lava Tube, Chain of Craters, Halema'uma'u; Mauna Loa, hike near summit; Waipi'o Valley and 'Akaka Falls; Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, and Pu'u Huluhulu; and an evening stargazing at the summit of Mauna Kea

HIKING/CONDITIONS:
Many of the places we will visit are shown in this photo album, http://bit.ly/Hawaii2020. In addition, several of our activities will teach us about Hawaiian history and culture, geology, flora, and astronomy. The hikes will all be day hikes (no backpacks), ranging from easy to strenuous. We will hike almost every day from three to seven hours per day. The terrain may be rugged and steep in places. There may be short sections on narrow trails with exposure (steep drop-offs). We will hike at a moderate pace, which will permit time for photos and rest breaks. We will be hiking at a wide range of elevations, from 0 to 13,000 feet, so you may expect to encounter a wide range of temperature and precipitation. You will carry daypacks containing all your clothes, gear, food, and drink for the hike, but not weighing more than 15-20 pounds. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike at a moderate pace with an elevation change of +2500/-2500 feet in a variety of terrain and weather.

LODGNG/FOOD/TRANSPORTATION:
Lodging accommodations are for double-occupancy rooms with shower or bath in comfortable, 3-star hotels. All breakfasts will be at hotels or restaurants, lunches will be bag lunches or at eateries, and dinners will be at restaurants. We will use rental vehicles for transportation and participants may be drivers if they pass a driving record check.

COST:
$3,800 AMC member / $3,900 non-member
Includes lodging, all breakfasts and all but two dinners, ground transportation, and fees for planned group events.

LEADERS:
Mike Darzi & Samir Patel.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
A detailed prospectus with a full itinerary and information about the application process is posted, along with the required forms, at https://bit.ly/HI2022App . If you have additional questions, please contact Mike ( [masked] ). NOTE: Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply.

Hiking UK: Fells, Dales, Tarns, and Edinburgh

Needs a location

NOTE: Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply. An application is required for participation in this AMC Adventure Travel trip. Please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement.
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Hike, explore, learn, relax, enjoy! We will spend eight days within the Lake District--an area of unique landscape, beauty, and character, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that just happens to have some of the best hiking to be found anywhere. The last four days will be spent exploring Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, one of the world's most interesting-and eminently walkable-cities.

We will be staying at distinctive country inns, spectacularly situated in the heart of the Lakes, and in a 3-star hotel in Edinburgh. Our expedition will teach us about the United Kingdom's history and culture, geology, and its wilder parts. Check out photos at http://bit.ly/UK2022PrePics. The itinerary is packed with activities that make it a truly unique walking holiday!

LAKE DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS:
Climbing Scaffel Pike, England's "roof"; Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house; Muncaster Castle & Gardens; Hardknott Roman Fort; lodging in quaint, country inns; historic and picturesque towns; and fabulous hiking with spectacular views in each direction!

EDINBURGH HIGHLIGHTS:
The Royal Mile, historical walking tour, & Real Mary King's Close tour; National Gallery of Scotland & Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse & Holyrood Abbey; hiking Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park; Royal Botanic Garden; Royal Yacht Britannia tour; Festival Fringe; and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and fireworks (optional)!

HIKING/CONDITIONS:
In the Lake District, you will carry daypacks containing all your clothes, gear, food, and drink for each hike, but not weighing more than ~15 pounds. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike at a moderate pace with an elevation change of +2,500/-2,500 feet in a variety of terrain and weather. In the city, we will walk ten or more miles per day. People wishing to participate must have previous hiking experience at the intermediate level or higher, be in excellent physical shape, and be capable of vigorous hiking for several days in a row. This trip is recommended only for people who hike on a regular basis.

COST:
$4,290 AMC member / $4,390 non-member
Includes the following: lodging; all breakfasts and all but four dinners, from first evening's "welcome" dinner through breakfast on the last day; all local transportation, including from/to airport; and fees for planned group events. Airfare is not included in the trip price.

LEADERS:
Mike Darzi & Zoë Rath.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
A detailed prospectus with a full itinerary and information about the application process is posted, along with the required forms, at https://bit.ly/UK2022App . If you have additional questions, please contact Mike ( [masked] ). NOTE: Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply.

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