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The Potomac Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) (www.amcpotomac.org (http://www.outdoors.org/chapters/potomac/index.cfm)) was established in 1984. It is the southernmost of 12 regional AMC chapters. Its 3,000 members live mainly in Maryland and northern Virginia, as well as in the District of Columbia. Members are encouraged to participate in and assist in the management of the chapter’s activities.

Chapter activities include day-hiking, backpacking, paddling, biking and social get-togethers. In addition, the chapter organizes various conservation initiatives and work-days, engages in non-partisan conservation activism, and offers education and leadership opportunities. Our chapter’s outings are open to the public. Almost all chapter outings do not require AMC membership, although it is encouraged.

Chapter members receive the award-winning “AMC Outdoors” magazine 10 times per year, a chapter newsletter, and other AMC benefits including discounts at AMC facilities and events. For more information about the AMC, go to http://www.outdoors.org ; click here (https://bushwhack.outdoors.org/secure/membership-register-dc-signup-form.shtml) to join.

For your own protection during this period of the Covid-19 virus, the AMC Potomac Chapter has initiated some new requirements for conducting and registering for our outdoor activities. These include:

1. All AMC Potomac Chapter Leaders receiving training on how best to conduct the various types of activities we provide in a safe, secure manner considering the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2. Tracking the Covid-19 restriction status for the area where the activity will be conducted and CANCELLING the activity if local government Covid-19 restrictions forbid group activities, etc.

3. Limiting activities to no more than 10 people (with one of them being the Leader)

4. Requiring formal registration on the AMC's Activities Database web site (that is not the Chapter Meetup site) - if not registered and approved by the activity Leader, you will not be allowed to join the group at the activity's location. You now will also be completing the AMC liability waiver online with this registration so we don't have to be passing around a form that everyone has touched.

5. Requiring everyone attending our activities to have and wear a medical or 2-layer cloth face mask for situations where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. We will strive to conduct all activities to fulfill social distancing requirements.

We hope you will join us on one of our safely planned and conducted activities in these trying times. Let's get outdoors - but safely !!!

Ken
Organizer
AMC Potomac Chapter Meetup

Upcoming events (4)

BICKLE KNOB SNOWSHOE HIKE WV

Stuart Recreation Area

Due to an online waiver and group size limits you must register for the hike below: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122237 Come join us on a gradual 1,762' climb up a forest service road to the observation tower on Bickle Knob. For this 8.2 mile round trip out and back hike we will use snowshoes or microspikes depending on the conditions. The tower provides outstanding views of the area. Bickle Knob is just east of Elkins WV and just west of the Otter Creek Wilderness Area in the Monongahela National Forest. This trip is suitable for participants in good physical condition and open to familes. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Snowshoes are required along with clothing appropriate for the conditions. To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Contact leader for any questions. Please note that the trip photo is not the same as on Bickle Knob.

SOUTH RIVER FALLS - 3.3-MILE SNOWSHOE HIKE IN SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK VA

You must register on the link below to join this program: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122245 Descend via snowshoes or microspikes depending on conditions to enjoy views of South River Falls, 83' Falls, 3rd largest in SNP. South River Falls is located in the Central District of Shenandoah just north of the Swift Run Gap Entrance. The moderate 3.3-mile hike via the Falls Trail, AT and Tote Road begins at the South River Falls picnic area, next to the restrooms and is a dog-friendly hike. The elevation gain and loss is 830'. To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database website, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD.AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Moderate: Fitness level and/or past experience to sustain the activity at a moderate pace is required. Expect to be active up to 4-6 hours per day. Reasonable breaks in the action. Group size is limited to 10 including leaders. Snowshoes, microspikes and outdoor clothing appropriate for the conditions are required. Contact leader for more information if you need to buy any of this gear. This trip is suitable for those with dogs which must be leashed at all times and should be comfortable around others in the group. ***There is no fee for the AMC hike; however, SNP will charge an entrance fee ($30 per vehicle).***

GANDY CREEK SLED BACKPACK IN THE MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST WV

Due to the need to fill out an online waiver and limit on group size, you must follow the link below to join the program: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122327 This program is held in the Monongahela National Forest along Gandy Creek near Whitmer WV. We will backpack or use sleds to drag our gear 3-6 miles along the unplowed forest road with minimal elevation gain and set up a base camp. From that base camp we will go out on 2 days of snowshoe hikes into the Seneca Creek Backcountry. This location features camping at 3,100' with hiking up to 4,200' in elevation. Very cold temperatures are expected. No heated shelter is available. Our focus on this trip is more about teaching safe wilderness winter camping and hiking skills than bagging a summit. We may have to melt snow for water. We have had winter trips where we spent all 4 days breaking trail in beautiful surroundings but never got close to a summit. This program is open to families with children as young as 16. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have the same gear and experience requirements as adults. Moderate: Fitness level and/or past experience to sustain the activity at a moderate pace is required. Expect to be active up to 4-6 hours per day. Reasonable breaks in the action. This trip requires previous winter hiking and camping experience in cold temperatures. All participants will need snowshoes, a winter sleeping bag rated to at least -20 degrees F and have winter boots with a removable liner. No single layer or leather boots will be approved. Under other on the registration form, please list what sleeping bag and boots you have or that you need our advice on what to get. Leaders will be using mountaineering sleds and we have some spare sleds we can loan out. Please review the gear list attachment for more information about gear. For purposes of this program crampons and ice axes will not be required. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use.

Adult Novice Backpacking Workshop in the Monongahela National Forest WV

Monongahela National Forest - Potomac Ranger Station

The mountains of West Virginia are calling you! If you are new to backpacking or want to build on your hiking and camping skills and then go on an overnight backpacking trip with experienced trip leaders then this 3-night program may be for you. To address AMC COVID guidelines for outdoor activities, the workshop will be presented in a series of pre-workshop Zoom meetings and with five (5) backpacking groups with no more than 10 persons in each group (maximum of 50 participants, including leaders). Please only sign up for one program as we expect this to be full like it was last year. The workshop includes pre-program content to help you prepare for a successful backpacking adventure. We’ll hold a series of live Zoom meetings where you will meet the workshop leaders, hear their thoughts on backpacking equipment and skills and provide you an opportunity to ask questions. We’ll camp in the relative safety of public group campgrounds for two nights to get comfortable with our equipment and learn essential skills with nearby day hikes for fun and experience. For the third night, we’ll hike with our backpacks between 2 and 5 miles to a remote wilderness area campsite, enjoy the evening and return the next day. To participate in this trip, you must sign up on the AMC Activity Database for the group you would like to join. Trip leaders will be screening participants to ensure you meet essential trip criteria and to discuss equipment. Find the link to AMC Activity Database for each of the five groups below: Group 1: Jess Judy Group Campground with an overnight backpack to Roaring Plains West Wilderness. Trip leaders David Mong and Kate Ratcliffe https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122077 Group 2: Seneca Shadows Campground (Group Site D) with an overnight backpack to Dolly Sods Wilderness. Trip leaders Jill Watkins and Rick Bryan https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122079 Group 3: Seneca Shadows Campground (Group Site F) with an overnight backpack to Seneca Creek Backcountry. Trip leaders Richard Breusch, Bryan Selig and Robin Burt https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122080 Group 4: Gatewood Group Campground with an overnight backpack to Seneca Creek Backcountry. Trip leaders Carey Butler and Will Schaefer https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122150 Group 5: Stuart Recreation Area Group Campground with an overnight backpack to Otter Creek Wilderness. Trip leaders Jean MacFarlane and Howie Dow https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/122147 This trip is free for all participants but you will be responsible for bringing the necessary equipment (backpack, shelter, sleeping system, water system, cooking system and food). Due to the COVID 19 virus, to ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this workshop, YOU MUST REGISTER ON THE AMC ACTIVITIES DATABASE WEB SITE, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity’s AMC Potomac Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY’S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY – THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participate must have a suitable medical or clothe mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use.

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