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Second Season - Training/Endurance Hike #3 - 20.9 Miles/5850 Ft Elevation Gain

  • Dec 15, 2012 · 6:00 AM
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This is a training hike for the extreme day hikes:

Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains, NH
20+ miles 9000 elevation gain (May 2013)
Great Range Traverse in the Adirondacks, New York
20+ miles 9000 elevation gain (TBD)
Devils Path in the Catskills, NY
24+ miles 9000 elevation gain (TBD)

If you are planning to attend any of these Washington Backpacker extreme day hike events, you need to attend at least half of the training hikes to be vetted for participation in the events described above. Otherwise you won't we allowed to sign up for this strenuous hike series.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The start time/distance on each training/endurance hike will be changing/increasing gradually 'til we reach the 4am start/30 miles distance, so we finish by dark.

Buck Hollow/Hazel Mountain/Corbin Canyon/Mary's Rock

This hike extends the standard Hiking Upward Buck Hollow / Mary's Rock hike to 20.9 miles with 5850 feet of elevation gain. This hike is considered strenuous but not extreme. To participate in this event, you must have either successfully completed the previous training hike #2 held on Dec 1 or be vouched for by one of the Washington Backpacker organizers. Remember to pack water, trail snacks, HEADLAMP and bring along with you a great attitude. Hiking sticks/poles are helpful but not required.

CLOTHING ESSENTIALS: Wind at Mary's Rock will be freezing cold. A wind shell and insulating layer underneath will be needed. You will also need a wool or synthetic hat and gloves for this hike. An extra pair of socks is also recommended.

WEATHER: If weather/trail conditions dictate, the hike route/distance will be modified as necessary.

MEETUP LOCATION: 6:00 AM at Centreville Park & Ride, 14700 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA or 7:00 AM at the trailhead.

REMEMBER metro doesn't run early in the morning so plan ahead.

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Trailhead:[masked] [masked]

Trailhead location is an approximately 1 hour 15 minute drive from Centreville.

Overflow Parking:[masked],[masked]

Overflow parking had been graciously offered at the Hearthstone School which is 1 mile east of the trailhead. If you arrive at the trailhead and all spots are taken, drop off your passengers and arrange with someone who has already arrived to shuttle you to the Hearthstone School. The school's Rainbow Market is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and sells natural and organic drinks and snacks. The school's Christmas Bazaar is also currently active and has items that were made by the students for sale.

http://www.hearthstoneschool.org/

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WHEN: Saturday, December 15 - 7:00 am.

COST: No entrance fee at the trailhead. Suggest you budget about $10.00 for gas share if carpooling + any $$$ for after event dinner.

CARPOOL: Riders should leave from the DC area and expect to drive 1 hour to the meetup location. Don’t forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!

Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.

Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and respond to any offers via e-mail from those that are offering rides.

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Trail map distance/elevation profile:

BuckHollow_HazelMountain_CorbinCanyon_MarysRock.pdf

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  • Leah

    Joffrey, that sprint you did at the end would make anyone's quads hurt! My legs are pretty sore even without that sprint.

    December 17, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      Haha, I only ran a little bit, the last mile or so my knees were too tender from the pounding, so I just walked. Trail-running marathons are still a little ways off for me.

      December 17, 2012

    • Dave

      I jogged down Buck Hollow until I got to where it leveled off. I kept looking for an excuse for a swimming hole on my way down but couldn't find one. :-( Then once I started walking, I cooled off and by the time I got to the parking area, I was no longer so eager to jump in. If either of the last two stream crossings had anything close to a pool of water, I think I still would have taken the plunge. :-)

      December 17, 2012

  • Dave

    This turned out to be a great hike. I really enjoyed the trails it included that were new to me(Hot/Short Mountain Trail, Nicholson Hollow Trail). I also enjoyed meeting quite of the new Washington Backpacker members. Many thanks to Steve for leading the group that was out front. Also, thanks to Matt who I believe it was that suggested Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill for the after hike meal. Great choice! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Jan 5.

    December 16, 2012

    • Steve M.

      A big thanks also to Joffrey and Marc!

      December 17, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      And big thanks to Dave for letting me run around in front. :) My quads actually hurt pretty significantly from all the running.

      December 17, 2012

  • Michelle A.

    I really enjoyed this training hike, alternative route with Peter, beautiful views and great people. Dave, great leadership and speech to kick start the hike. And thanks to Matt for finding the post-hike meal at Griffin Tavern, it was delicious and had great service! Thanks everyone for a wonderful day!

    December 17, 2012

  • Alex L.

    It was a quick hjike but a great time nonetheless, the people there were great as were the organizers.

    December 17, 2012

  • Jim N.

    Sorry everyone, I was unexpectedly sick and slept through my alarm, not waking up until 11:30 AM. My first miss, but probably a blessing as my hamstring still is not "trail ready".

    December 16, 2012

    • Steve M.

      Hope that you're feeling better!

      December 17, 2012

  • KingsleyC

    good challenge hike.

    December 16, 2012

  • KingsleyC

    good challenge hike.

    December 16, 2012

  • Neal

    Great hike, great people, nice elevation. Thank you so much for the nice surprise in my pack!

    December 15, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      You guys totally rocked it!

      December 16, 2012

    • PaulD

      That's it. I'm putting fake zippers all over the back of my pack

      1 · December 16, 2012

  • Jim N.

    I really missed everyone, but knew you were in good hands.

    December 16, 2012

  • Megan B.

    Great hike!

    December 16, 2012

  • Leah

    Great!

    December 16, 2012

  • Aileen

    great

    December 15, 2012

  • PaulD

    It "ROCKED"! Just ask Neal!

    December 15, 2012

  • Steve M.

    Great hike! Thanks, everyone!

    December 15, 2012

  • Steven C.

    A challenge even for experienced hikers

    December 15, 2012

  • Peter J.

    Ha! I can only speak for the first 20 minutes of the hike because after that you all had left me in the dust! But those were a very memorable 20 minutes.
    By way of explanation, I was carrying the heavy pack from hell as a training mission of my own and I had my own agenda, but it was great to see everyone. Thanks to Michelle for keeping me company, I hope I didn't slow you down too much!
    Dave, your talk at the trailhead was impressive, you're a great leader!

    December 15, 2012

  • KingsleyC

    hoping to get up on time and be at centrebille around 6am.

    December 14, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Then I suggest you get to bed ;). I'll make sure to bring you a morning smile.

      1 · December 14, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      Figured out my solution: don't go to bed. I should have offered a wake-up call service!

      1 · December 15, 2012

  • Jenne World T.

    See you at Centerville and I need a ride to the trail head.

    December 15, 2012

  • PaulD

    See you guys at the trail head!

    December 14, 2012

  • Steve M.

    I'll be coming from Baltimore with a quick stop at Broken Land park and ride at 5am. Centreville/Dunkin Donuts at 6am. I've got room for 2-3 more people. See you all tomorrow!

    December 14, 2012

    • Neal

      Craig, You're going to need it! Could you bring me an extra headlamp and maybe some polish for my hiking poles?

      December 14, 2012

    • Steve M.

      Yep, you got it.

      December 14, 2012

  • Dan S.

    I'm stopping in Centreville on my way from Annapolis. If you're in Maryland or DC and would like to be picked up along the way, let me know. I have room for 3.

    December 14, 2012

  • Shubhendu P.

    I am driving from Arlington and will be stopping at Centreville. Let me know if anybody needs a ride.

    December 14, 2012

  • Jim N.

    I am coming from North of Baltimore, down Rte. 29 and around the west side of I-495 to I-66 and out to Centreville and have room comfortably for 3 people in my car. Not sure if my hammy will let me hike yet, but will be with everyone from start to finish

    December 14, 2012

    • Lynette

      Can you save a spot for me in your car? :)

      December 14, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Lynette as a spot, with 2 more available.

      December 14, 2012

  • Frank

    Sorry for the late notice once again. I need to cancel this hike as well as the remainder of the longer-distance training hikes. I have to get an ultra-sound on my right achilles. I've been pushing it way too hard and I think I may have ripped something, or so they say.

    December 14, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      Ouch :( Hope it's not too serious! Rest well.

      December 14, 2012

    • kelley

      Aaah good luck! I haven't forgotten the crazy injuries your poor feet have already endured!

      December 14, 2012

  • Megan B.

    Aileen, Brandon and I are heading down tonight to catch the meteor shower. Aileen and I were planning to get a head start on that initial big hill, so don't wait up for us at the trailhead. Brandon will wait up though.

    December 14, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      I'm envious that you're going to get such a nice view of the meteor shower! I thought about heading out tonight, but can't swing it.

      1 · December 14, 2012

    • PaulD

      Megan, Brandon, etc etc.. Where are you camping. Should Harley and I've so motivated, mind if we join?

      December 14, 2012

  • Leah

    Looking forward to the hike! Plan to be at the Centreville Park and Ride at 6. . . if anyone meeting there has not yet coordinated a ride, you are welcome in my vehicle.

    December 14, 2012

  • Malcolm C.

    Boo hoo havta bail, flying to AZ instead.

    December 14, 2012

  • Dave

    Saturday's hike starts by ascending 1600 ft in 2.5 miles (640 ft / mile). The Presi Traverse starts by ascending 4000 ft in 4 miles (1000 ft / mile). Based upon this comparison, if you are able to easily hike this first 2.5 mile ascent on Saturday, you are on your way to being prepared to do the "full-Presi". If on the other hand you find this first 2.5 mile ascent difficult and you hope to do the "full-Presi", you need to work on improving your fitness between now and the Jan 5 training hike. The Jan 5 training hike will be an even better indicator of your readiness for the "full-Presi".

    December 14, 2012

  • Rosie

    I'll be coming from Grottoes so I'll meet you at the trailhead by 7:00am

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I keep trying to sign up - it states there is one spot left however I keep getting the error " Because this Meetup has filled up before your RSVP was submitted, you cannot RSVP." It doesn't even seem to put me on a waiting list? Is there still space for this hike? thanks jeff

    December 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the help logging me in.

      December 11, 2012

    • Steve M.

      No problem.

      December 11, 2012

  • Dave

    Overflow parking 1 mile from the trailhead has been arranged with the Hearthstone School. See the event description for details.

    2 · December 11, 2012

    • Steve M.

      Fantastic! Thanks, Dave!

      December 11, 2012

  • Joffrey P.

    There's an off chance that I just go from partying to the P&R and catch a few Zs in the parking lot before the hike. The Dunkin' Donuts across the street will certainly get my business.

    1 · December 10, 2012

    • Joffrey P.

      False alarm :) I just need to be back as early as possible. I guess I'll have to go fast!

      December 11, 2012

  • Joffrey P.

    I'll be coming from Gaithersburg, and can pick up people along the I-270 corridor. Happy to drive or ride from Cville.

    December 11, 2012

  • Dave

    There is LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE at the Buck Hollow trailhead. Everyone needs to consolidate into the fewest number of vehicles possible before departing Centreville Park & Ride!

    December 11, 2012

    • Dan S.

      Depending on how people park, my guess is that there's only room for 4-8 cars. Not to mention that this trail head also appears to be popular with locals...

      December 11, 2012

    • Dave

      I am working to arrange parking at Hearthstone School which is .9 miles up the road from the trailhead. I can shuttle people to the trailhead from there in my truck. Once I get this confirmed, I will post a comment.

      December 11, 2012

  • Dan S.

    I'm leaving from Annapolis and can pick up people along the way

    December 9, 2012

  • Dave

    Monica, please contact either Jim or me when you get a chance to discuss your participation on this hike. I sent you an email yesterday regarding this but perhaps it was not successfully delivered.

    December 4, 2012

    • Monica J. T.

      Hi Dave sorry for not responding earlier but I have been super busy. I can be reached at 4434680793. I will send the requested info to you tomorrow.

      December 6, 2012

  • Dave

    I am working with Jim to establish a shorter version of this training hike for folks that plan to do the "half-Presi" in May. This shorter version will start a bit later so that everyone meets at Mary's Rock and finishes the hike together. If you fall into this category, please indicate so in a response to this comment.

    December 4, 2012

    • Michelle A.

      Dave, I may be interested. Let me know the details. I know I'm never at the head of the pack and certainly can't keep up with the trail running that's been going on ;). I want to do the full prezi and planning to use the hikes to improve my speed over the next 6 months. If I can't keep up, still, after much training, Ill do the half.

      December 5, 2012

    • Dan S.

      Dave, I spoke with Jim yesterday and it seems like it would be best for me to start off with the shortened hike. I plan on hiking 20mi this weekend, so I'll let you know how that goes.

      December 5, 2012

  • Dave

    Be prepared to maintain a steady pace on this hike. Remember the purpose of these training hikes is to prepare you not only for the distance of the Presi Traverse but also the speed at which you must travel so that everyone can finish in daylight. If I or WB organizers see that you are unable to maintain the necessary pace on these training hikes, you will be encouraged to start with the "half-Presi" for the May 2013 event.

    December 4, 2012

  • Dan S.

    Jim, I've recovered from my cold that kept me from joining the last weekend and was wondering if I could join this hike. Thanks.

    December 4, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Dan, just give me a call when you get a chance in the evening. [masked]

      December 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it!!!

    December 3, 2012

  • Joffrey P.

    Dunno... maybe I can go. Will have to see how things look closer to the event. I'd like to make it on more of these training hikes to see people's ability.

    December 3, 2012

  • Frank

    I missed the training hikes this past weekend due to the Plague. I survived and am much better! Am I still good to jump on the rest of these?

    December 3, 2012

    • Dave

      Frank, you are good for this hike.

      December 3, 2012

  • Alex L.

    Jim, other obligations have prevented me from joining the first 2 training hikes and was wondering if I could join this one

    December 2, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Alex, give me a call please...443.465.4848

      December 2, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Thanks Alex for following through.

      December 3, 2012

  • Alex L.

    Would anybody be able to help me out with a ride, I will be coming from the Rockville area but I can meet you wherever it would be convenient, please let me know, thanks!

    1 · December 2, 2012

    • Ginger Q.

      Alex, I will be coming from the Rockville area as well and can pick you up. Send me an email and we can coordinate the carpool.

      December 3, 2012

  • Giuliana

    Darwin,
    Is it required to have attended the other endurance trainings to attend this one?

    November 24, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Giuliana if possible you should attend #2 as we start vetting people after #2. Email or call me about your long distance hiking experience please.

      November 27, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Giuliana, please give me a call....443.465.4848

      December 2, 2012

  • Alex L.

    Actually I miscounted, make that missing the first hike

    December 2, 2012

  • Leah

    Looking forward to seeing/hiking with you all as well. Its been a while!

    October 22, 2012

  • Malcolm C.

    lol Darwin, be just like the good old days with the Devil and the great range!

    October 22, 2012

  • Chris L

    It has been too long Darwin. I am ready to reconfirm WB Eliteness!

    October 19, 2012

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