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Scale the heights

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, May 8, 2008 6:38 PM
It's only been a few weeks, but it seems much longer since our last hike, which was indeed much longer (up to 34 miles). The One Day Hike (ODH) has come and (thankfully for me) gone. It was another great event, whose pix you can peruse at your leisure at Thanks to all who volunteered and congrats to those who did it. We are already starting to plan for next year's ODH. Whether or not you had anything to do with it, keep the June 8 hike/picnic event in mind. More to follow.
In the meantime, next Saturday (not THIS one, the NEXT one), May 17, we'll climb the Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry. This is a popular trek, but most people ignore the many real treasures of this place -- Virginius Island, the overlook cliffs, the Stone Fort, the Appalachian Trail, Jefferson Rock, St Peter's Church, Harper Cemetery, and Storer College -- most of which afford spectacular views. Too bad for them, but I never overlook an overlook unless it's an oversight of one I oversee. We'll also spend some down time exploring the very picturesque lower town, and reviewing the history. (All this in one day? How can it be?)
The max hike is about 11 miles long and 4100 feet of elevation change (3.8 blisters; difficult); you can reduce this to 8 miles and 3200 feet of elevation change (2.9 blisters; moderate) by spending more time enjoying the view from the overlook cliffs instead of going to the Stone Fort. The cliffs actually offer a much faster way down, but we'll stick to the trails, thank you.
Bring a bag lunch and at least two quarts of water. (More, if it's hot.) Well behaved dogs may bring along their owners if accompanied on a leash. We'll meet at 8:45 am at the open Park & Ride lot of the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, in back of the garage. We'll be gone by 9:01 am and back to metro around 5 pm, in time for your dinner plans. Contact me if you need directions. My cell number is[masked]-9387.

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