What we're about

During the coronavirus epidemic (March 15, 2020 until who knows when), W. Soles will not be offering any outings of any kind. We don’t want anyone to take lightly the precautions to combat the virus, which has the potential to cause a huge amount of harm. We all need to do our part, and the most effective thing we can do for now, unfortunately, is to stay away from each other. Not doing so increases everyone’s risk.

Make sure to stay well as we await better times.
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A 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 and occasional social ones.

"It's quite a feet" hike rating:
- 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 often also listed on the websites of the Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO; www.sierrapotomac.org) and/or the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Washington DC Chapter (www.amc-dc.org).

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)

Day Hiking Ireland's Spectacular Southwest Coastline (new)

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NOTE: An application is required for participation in this AMC Adventure Travel trip. Please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply. ------------- Join us for 8 days of day hiking Ireland’s Beara Way and tour Dingle Peninsula. Journey through a magical land of mountains and lakes surrounded by a rugged and picturesque seacoast. The Beara Way is a long-distance walking route around the spectacular Beara Peninsula that stretches out from the southwest coast of Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean. Quite remote, it has remained perhaps the most unspoiled part of Ireland with active fishing villages, bucolic farmlands, and a large concentration of historical and archaeological sites. Listen to the Irish language spoken on Dingle Peninsula - the heart of Munster’s Gaeltacht region in west County Kerry. The peninsula is dominated by the mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The magnificent coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, and dramatic headlands broken by sandy beaches. Our trip also includes a day exploring historic Kilarney and Kilarney National Park. Hiking overview: This hiking trip is rated moderate (3 blisters). We will hike 7-15 miles per day. Elevation ascents per day vary from 330 ft to 1650 ft. Hikes will range from easy/moderate to moderate/strenuous. There may be some water crossings and spots with exposure to wind and steep drop-offs. Participants should be in good shape and able to hike up to 8 hours per day over irregular terrain. The $2495 trip cost includes ground transportation, lodging, breakfasts and all but one dinner. A deposit of $1000 is due at the time of application, and $1495 by May 1, 2020. (Estimated airfare from the US East Coast is ~$900-$1,100.) Leaders: Mike Darzi & Claudine Kos. > Additional Information: A detailed prospectus with a full itinerary and information about the application process is posted at www.bit.ly/Ireland2020App . 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 (new)

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NOTE: An application is required for participation in this AMC Adventure Travel trip. Please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply. ------------- 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. Lake District Highlights: ● Fabulous hiking with spectacular views in each direction! ● Climb Scaffel Pike, England’s “roof” ● Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s house ● Muncaster Castle & Gardens ● Hardknott Roman Fort ● Lodging in quaint, secluded inns ● Historic and picturesque towns 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 ● Hike Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, Royal Botanic Garden ● Royal Yacht Britannia tour ● Festival Fringe ● Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and fireworks (optional) 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 wilder parts. The itinerary is packed with activities that make it a truly unique walking holiday! Qualifications: 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: The trip price of $3,950 includes the following: • Lodging • All breakfasts and all but four dinners • All local transportation, including from/to airport • Fees for planned group events • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage Airfare is not included in the trip price. We estimate that a round-trip price from the East Coast to Edinburgh will be $1,200–1,500. > Additional Information: A detailed prospectus with a full itinerary and information about the application process is posted at www.bit.ly/UK2021App . If you have additional questions, please contact Mike ( [masked] ). NOTE: Meetup RSVPs will NOT be considered - candidates must apply. Leaders: Mike Darzi & Zoë Rath.

Past events (346)

Parade of Parks (difficult)

Fletchers Cove Lower Parking Lot

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