My plans for this weekend changed, so I am going to offer a backpack training hike. This is not a typical day hike. Load up your backpack as if you were going on an overnighter and see how it feels on the trail. This is a good prep if you are planning to go on one of the new-to-backpacking trips coming up.
Location: Sugarloaf Mountain (please bring this MAP (http://files.meetup.com/317560/Sugarloaf_trailmapColor.pdf))
Distance: ~8 miles
Elevation gain: >1500 ft
We will meet at the West View Parking Lot (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.260935,-77.39669&hl=en&ll=39.260935,-77.396686&spn=0.009586,0.021136&sll=39.25919,-77.392738&sspn=0.009587,0.021136&t=h&z=16), in the shelter. So enter the property through the gates on Comus Rd and keep winding up the mountain following the signs to the West View lot.
We will hike the white, blue, purple, red and green trails, stopping at White Rock for a snack.
What to bring:
Backpack filled with everything you would bring on a weekend trip. (Please use this as an opportunity to train and don't show up with just a day pack.)
2 liters of water
Rain gear depending on the forecast (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.27829777552557&lon=-77.39490509033203#.Uvv7-LRFBFs)
If you don't have a lot of backpacking gear, you can fill your backpack with water or other heavy items to simulate the weight. I recommend somewhere between 20-25 lbs.
If you have questions, please contact me through my profile page (http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/members/3070130/).
By RSVPing and/or attending this event, you agree to the WB liability waiver (http://files.meetup.com/317560/Washington%20Backpackers%20Liabilit.pdf).