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This Meetup is for fellow backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts to meet and greet while engaging in day hikes, backpacking trips and outdoor adventures with other people in your town. Talk about locations, equipment, recipes, etc., and find people to take trips with. Trips will range from beginner to advanced to accommodate all levels of backpackers/hikers/adventurers and to encourage those who wish to grow with the sport. There is always new gear to discuss, dream about and oogle over so come on down and join in the discussion around the campfire!

We do a wide variety of trips but specialize in unique trips to very special places. Many of our trips have been copied by numerous other meetup groups such as White Oak Canyon in Winter when the Falls are Frozen, Sunrise from Old Rag, Dolly Sods (we replaced all the trail signs) and work with the National Forest Service in maintaining Dolly Sods, Roaring Plains, Seneca Creek, North Fork Mountain Wilderness/Backcountry areas and get use of a cabin or camp for our work trips that make for a fabulous weekend trip! Adventure trips such as Bridge Day (whitewater rafting and hiking on 2 of the finest river gorges in the country), or our Cross Country Ski trips just to name a few you may have seen. So why not join the group that blazes its own trail rather than copies others? From our toughest day hike series across the Catskills, Adirondacks, and Shenadoah or our Presi Traverse the hard way, easy adventure hikes such as Rickett's Glen (best waterfall hike in the Mid-Atlantic), we go from fun to as much as you can handle....and then some! Speaking of fun, Patricia enjoys doing canoe/kayak trips such as Assateague National Seashore, or Jon's Laurel Highlands Trail or Trail Days (biggest hiking festival in the U.S. along with a hike to Mt. Rogers), or Roan Mountain (best Bald trip in the East), and West Rim Trail by Steve, or Pete going backpacking wherever, whenever and as far as he can, just to name a few examples. Yep, we still do the classics, such as Old Rag and other Shenandoah National Park Circuits or local AT hikes, why not since they are close? But like to range from the Smokies to Maine and will even go out West including Alaska or anywhere we can get to! So you will find lots of great outdoor adventures here with some of the best people you will find anywhere...smart, tough, fun-loving, yet safe (we all look out for and help one another). If you need to learn, we will share our knowledge, but hey, hope to learn something from you as well, which is part of the beauty of the group, we are always learning and growing! So you will find lots of good, clean, healthy outdoor fun here, with some of the best people you will run across, all different and unique, but supportive and united in our love of fun, healthy outdoor adventures, so welcome and please join us for an adventure soon and when ready, give back which is all we are doing!

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ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW until Nov 30th!

In your own home, at your own leisure (*anytime* -- not just the date of this event): now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS are almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents them with the latest on disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. Choose one of two ways to learn: A) On-line only- view our 7-hour course at home, do the self-guided practice and receive a certificate of completion. Fee: $105. This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/online-course.htm B) Blended learning-view our 7-hour course at home NOW, and receive a 3-year credit to attend one of our in-person dtWFA classes in order to practice skills learned with one of our seasoned instructors. Upon the successful completion of the in-person class, you will receive a 2-year SOLO WFA certification. Fee: $220. This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/blended-learning.htm Sneak peek at the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm Testimonials: • "Fantastic online program." • "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations." • "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days." • Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class. • Full transparency, all feedback surveys, unfiltered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18qcXYJt-CUoLW0hqLtFRmGv7H858iflrq7fguSk6zfM/edit?usp=sharing ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks! Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most. • Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways. • Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you're considering learning, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors. • Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care. Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.

Monthly Meeting and Happy Hour

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Love outdoor adventures like we do? Well this is your chance to get together and talk about about new and old trips, great new event ideas, who will organize what trip/adventure, gear and anything else we can think of! If people wish, we will conduct a Hiking and Backpacking Clinic. So let's get together and add some of that dynamic WB excitement to our weeknights....in town for a change. Where: Canal Park by water fountain/ ice skating rink Website: https://www.capitolriverfront.org/canal-park Location: 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Nearest metro: Navy Yard. Jim's Cell is[masked]

Monthly Meeting and Happy Hour

Location visible to members

Love outdoor adventures like we do? Well this is your chance to get together and talk about about new and old trips, great new event ideas, who will organize what trip/adventure, gear and anything else we can think of! If people wish, we will conduct a Hiking and Backpacking Clinic. So let's get together and add some of that dynamic WB excitement to our weeknights....in town for a change. Where: Canal Park by water fountain/ ice skating rink Website: https://www.capitolriverfront.org/canal-park Location: 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Nearest metro: Navy Yard. Jim's Cell is[masked]

Monthly Meeting and Happy Hour

Location visible to members

Love outdoor adventures like we do? Well this is your chance to get together and talk about about new and old trips, great new event ideas, who will organize what trip/adventure, gear and anything else we can think of! If people wish, we will conduct a Hiking and Backpacking Clinic. So let's get together and add some of that dynamic WB excitement to our weeknights....in town for a change. Where: Canal Park by water fountain/ ice skating rink Website: https://www.capitolriverfront.org/canal-park Location: 200 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Nearest metro: Navy Yard. Jim's Cell is[masked]

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