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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 2,000 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.

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Lake Bernard Frank Hike and Meadowside Nature Center

Meadowside Nature Center

Come join us for a 4.5 mile loop hike around peaceful Lake Bernard Frank, then explore the Meadowside Nature Center, home to several birds of prey, including a bald eagle and red-tailed hawk! The lake and nature center are located just a short drive northeast from downtown Rockville MD. The shoreline is undeveloped, and mostly wooded. We’ll hike trails that parallel the lake and the North Branch of Rock Creek. After the hike, we’ll enjoy the Meadowside Nature Center. Then, if you bring a lunch, you may join us to eat there. There is at least one stream crossing that requires either rock-hopping or waterproof shoes to avoid wet feet. Hiking poles will help with the stream crossing. The trail climbs about 350 feet. Bug spray is recommended, as is sun protection for a couple of tree-less stretches. As always, please wear closed-toe shoes. Bring water and snacks and/or lunch. We will meet at the Meadowside Nature Center at 9am. Please arrive on time, as we will depart promptly at 9:15. The nature center has restrooms and drinking water. We expect to finish the hike by 11:30 or noon; expect a ~2 mph walking pace. Lake Frank and the Meadowside Nature Center are within a triangle formed by Norbeck Rd. (rte. 28 east of Rockville); Avery Rd.; and Muncaster Mill Rd. (rte.115). If you take rte. 28 east out of Rockville, it becomes Norbeck Rd. You pass Gude Drive, and the next left is Avery Rd. Take Avery north about 2 miles; it ends at Muncaster Mill Rd. Go right on Muncaster Mill about 0.6 mile. Meadowside Lane is on the right—Take it to the end. If you come up Georgia Ave. from Silver Spring, Norbeck Rd. is about 7 miles north of I-495; go left and within 200 ft. go right on Muncaster Mill Rd. Meadowside Lane will be on your left at 1.5 miles. Please let Pat or Paul know if you need more driving directions, or have any other questions. We look forward to seeing you on the trail! Leader: Paul Rowe[masked] (afternoons and evenings) Co-leader: Pat Hunley[masked] (evenings) Trail map (PDF): https://www.montgomeryparks.org/uploads/2016/08/Lake-Frank_Meadowside-Trails-Map-March-2019.pdf More information on the Meadowside Nature Center and its exhibits: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/rock-creek-regional-park/meadowside-nature-center/

BULGARIA'S HIGH PEAKS, LAKES, AND HISTORY (WAITLIST)

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To apply for this AMC Adventure Travel trip, please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. ------------- During a grand tour through three mountain ranges of southwest Bulgaria, we will experience breathtaking scenery, visit historic and cultural sites, and hike eight days. Highlights of the hiking includes: - Rhodope Mountains: Trigrad Gorge, Devil's Throat Cave with underground waterfall (42m/138ft), Eagle's Eye Overlook, and Yagodina Cave. - Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Polezhan Summit (2851m/9354ft); numerous glacier lakes, including largest, Popovo; Banderishki Lakes Cirque; Todorina Porta; Yulen Nature Reserve; Todora's Eyes Lakes; Demyanitsa River; Mt Vihren (2914m/9560ft; Bulgaria's 2nd highest & Pirin's highest); Giant Caldron; Karst areas with endangered species; and Skakavitsa Waterfall (70m/230ft). - Rila Mountains: Seven Rila Lakes Cirque; Musala summit (2925m/9596ft; Balkans' highest), views from which include Bulgaria's six major mountain ranges. Cultural and historical highlights include a walking tour of Sofia and of old town Plovdiv, he Monastery, Shiroka Laka, the rustic Zhrebevo village, and the Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We will stay in comfortable hotels and inns with shower or bath. The trip is rated moderate to vigorous. The hikes will all be day hikes (no backpacks), ranging from easy to strenuous. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips, and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike with an elevation change of +2600/-4000ft in a variety of terrain and weather at a moderate pace. Requirements: This is a trip for experienced hikers who enjoy an active vacation. Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips and are capable of doing an 11-mile hike with an elevation change of +2600/-4000 in a variety of terrain and weather at a moderate pace. The hikes will all be day hikes (no backpacks), ranging from easy to strenuous. We will hike for eight consecutive days, from three to seven hours per day, at a moderate pace. Cost: The estimated cost is $2,150, which includes all land transportation, lodging, meals, and guided tours. Airfare is not included. Leaders: Mike Darzi & Annemarie Langhan. Additional Information: For a detailed prospectus with a full itinerary, see www.bit.ly/Bulg2019Prosp . For more information on how to apply for participation, contact Mike ( [masked] ).

SOUTHWEST ADVENTURE: CANYONS, CULTURE, MESAS AND TRAILS (WAITLIST)

To apply for this AMC Adventure Travel trip, please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. ------------- The Four Corners region in the American Southwest is the heart of Native American and Ancestral Puebloan culture. This area also offers incredible hiking in red rock country. We will "discover" incredible ruins and ancient rock art. We will see enormous natural bridges and hike in remote steep sided canyons. We will visit, and hike at eight spectacular and fascinating sites: Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch. We will become familiar with contemporary Native American societies, and learn about their ancestors who occupied these same lands for thousands of years. We will learn the history, archeology and geology of these special places. Join us on a journey that will enchant and deepen our understanding of those who came before us. We will stay in modest motels, double occupancy, in two quaint towns, and travel in SUVs. Hiking: This trip is rated moderate to vigorous. We will hike for eight consecutive days, from three to eight hours per day. Most of the hikes will be 4–6 miles in length, with two longer hikes of 8–14 miles. All the hikes have less than 1500’ of elevation gain. However, the terrain will be rugged and steep in places, and requires agility. There may be short sections on narrow trails with exposure (steep drop-offs). We will hike at a modest pace, which will permit time for photos and rest breaks. Requirements: Participants should be in excellent shape and be able to hike for most of the day. People wishing to participate on this trip must have previous hiking experience at the intermediate level or higher. Although the hiking will be over moderately strenuous terrain at a moderate pace, this is not a trip for beginners or people who do not hike on a regular basis. You should already be in good physical condition by the time you arrive. Cost: The cost for the trip is $2,195, which includes all meals, accommodations, and park entry fees. The cost does not include air fare. Leaders: Mike Darzi & Tim Linehan. Additional Information: For a detailed prospectus with a full itinerary, see www.bit.ly/SWAdv2019Prosp . For more information on how to apply for participation, contact Mike ( [masked] ).

Hiking Germany’s Rhine Valley: A Cultural Journey

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To apply for this AMC Adventure Travel trip, please see "Additional Information" at the end of this announcement. ------------- This trip offers a fabulous hiking trek along the Rhine, one of the most beautiful and important rivers in Europe. Our focus will be the “Romantic Rhine”—that portion from Mainz to Koblenz whose beauty was lauded by European poets (e.g. Lord Byron) and painters of the early 19th century. Famous is the poem “The Lorelei” by Heinrich Heine wherein a beautiful maiden sits atop the most dangerous bend in the river and lures boatmen to their doom by distracting them from their urgent duties. The Rhine Valley was recognized in 2002 by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its unique and stunning landscape, its rich history and numerous historic sites, and its many contributions to the arts. The Rhine is western Europe’s largest river, flowing the entire length of Germany along its western border, from Switzerland to the Netherlands. For millennia, boats and barges carrying merchandise have sailed up and down the Rhine. This led to the development of many small towns with charming half-timbered houses and gothic churches. On the river banks are dozens of castles, in a greater concentration than found anywhere else in the world. The favorable climate and steep sides of the embankments led to the planting of extensive vineyards featuring Riesling as well as other wine varieties. Trip highlights include: ● Historic Mainz, with its famous cathedral and Gutenberg Museum ● Eberbach Abbey ● Vollrads vineyard, including a private wine tasting ● Overlook of the Lorelei, the bend in the river that was the terror of Rhine boatmen ● Tours of famous castles, including Rheinfels, Marksburg, and Rheinstein ● Historic and picturesque towns, including Rudesheim, Bacharach, and Boppard ● River cruise from St. Goar to Boppard ● Ruppertsklamm Gorge ● Spectacular views around every bend! We will hike on paths that are primarily on the eastern bank (“Rheinsteig”), but also ferry across the river to examine points of interest on the western side. The trails are predominantly wooded paths on undulating terrain that lead hikers through forests and vineyards, past castles and monasteries, to spectacular overlooks and points of interest. The Rheinsteig is recognized as one of the most beautiful trails in Germany. How will travel? Comfortably! We will stay in three-star hotels with two persons/room and luggage transfer between hotels. Your trip leader, Steve Cohen, lived in Germany and speaks fluent German. The price covers lodging; all breakfasts and all but two dinners; all boat and bus transportation; and emergency medical and evacuation insurance. Requirements: Applicants must be experienced hikers who have done multi-day hiking trips and are capable of doing an 10-15-mile hike at a moderate pace with elevation gains of ~2000 feet for several days in a row, while carrying a daypack of 10-15 pounds including water and lunch. Cost: The trip cost is $2,975, which includes lodging; all breakfasts and all but two dinners; all boat and bus transportation; and emergency medical and evacuation insurance. It does not include air fare. Leaders: Steve Cohen & Mike Darzi. Additional Information: For a detailed prospectus with a full itinerary, see https://adventuretravel.outdoors.org/2020/2021.pdf . For more information on how to apply, contact Mike ( [masked] ).

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