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Whatcha got cookin'

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, August 26, 2010 9:46 AM



This Sunday, Aug 29, 4-6 pm, the third in the Beginner Backpacking Classes series, “What to Eat on a Backpacking Trip,” will take place in (under, within) a picnic pavilion in Takoma Park. You’ll learn the basics of meal planning and how to cook in the wilderness (or your own kitchen if your oven is busted). We'll take you through the basic meals for a multi-day trip and provide tips for making your meals delicious and fun. (Don’t worry. I will NOT demonstrate HOW to eat on a backpacking trip this year.) We will talk about different stove types and practice lighting them and cooking on them, as well as using various water filtering/cleaning methods. If you have a filter or stove, bring it; if you’re planning to buy one, you may want to wait until after the class.


Directly following the class, we’ll hold our pre-trip meeting for the Sept. 17 Backpacking Trip. We will go over trip logistics, ride-sharing, gear-sharing, route plan, and itinerary, as well as how to pack an uncooperative backpack.


Class cost is $20 for expenses, which includes a lot to eat. (Yes, you can count the class as dinner.) For more info about the class and/or the trip, contact Liz Guertin (202/[masked] or [address removed]). You must be 16 or older. (I must be much older.)

Speaking of trips, note the other one to the Delaware Water Gap area in two weeks. If you don’t care for/about backpacking, it’s another inexpensive way to get your nature fix, naturally.


Also, here are pix from last week’s hike:







Fri-Sun, Sep 3-6. Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. (Trip) 3-days of hiking and gawking at waterfalls, includes 3 nights in bunk beds at AMC’s Mohican Outdoor Center. Limited participation, so ask me for more info now.


Fri–Sun, Sep 17-19. Beginner Backpacking Trip, Shenandoah National Park. (Trip) Designed so beginner can practice carrying full pack and gain experience with backpacking skills: one night in Big Meadows Campground and one night in the backcountry. Limited attendance.


Fri-Sun, Oct 1-3. Sierra Club Virginia Chapter’s Annual Gathering. (Trip) At Prince William Forest (Cabin Camp 5), features great food, speakers, demonstrations and workshops, live music, outings leader training, and hikes and other outdoor activity. Keynote speaker, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Exec Dir. Registration info at


Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10. Pine Creek Area. (Trip) 3-days of hiking and wandering around during peak color season in PA’s “Grand Canyon” area, includes 3 nights in vacation cabins. Limited participation, so ask me for more info now (before it’s too late).


Sat. Oct 16, Catlett Mountain circuit. (Difficult, 4 blisters) Moderate-to-fast paced 11 miles with 4700 elevation change and spectacular fall foliage, with several stream crossings and ruins to check out.


Sun. Oct. 17. Northern Rock Creek Park. (Easy, 2 blisters) Mid-day hike of the north part of Rock Creek Park in Washington DC, includes Civil War fortifications, a poetic cabin, glorious fall colors, and discussion of the creek’s problems.


Sun. Oct 17. Fall General Meeting of Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings. (Meeting) Features discussions of issues and upcoming events, special presentations, and a pot-luck lunner (lunch/dinner). Leaders, prospective leaders, participants of SCPRO outings, and the public are invited.


Sat. Oct. 23. Halfmoon Mountain. (Difficult, 4 blisters) Late-day hike (10 mi., 4,900’ el. change) around Halfmoon Mountain (GWNF, WV) with spectacular overlook, rocky trails, stream crossings, mud, but good company. Limited attendance, so you must RSVP.


Sun, Nov 7. Gettysburg Battlefield Hike and Ghost Walk. (Moderate; 3 blisters) Afternoon historical hike of the battlefield, followed by ghost walk, and dinner. By reservation only.

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