• Monthly Meeting and Happy Hour
    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. So let's get together and add some of that dynamic WB excitement to our weeknights....in town for a change. And this month, for a change, lets meet around Chinatown / metro center, since many of us work around there. We will aim for Dirty Hobbit, fka Poste, inside Hotel Monaco. https://www.monaco-dc.com/downtown-dc-restaurants/ http://www.dirtyhabitdc.com/menus/

    Dirty Habit DC

    555 8th Street Northwest · Washington, DC

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  • Training/Endurance Hike Series #2- Challenge Yourself!
    Purpose of our "Training/Endurance Hike Series": Get yourself into shape for our Extreme (and extremely beautiful) Hike and Backpack Series next year (Toughest Hikes and Backpacking Trips in the East) from the Great Range Traverse across the Adirondack High Peaks, Presidential Traverse, Pemi Loop, Devil's Path, and Hut to Hut Events through the White Mountains, as well as some of the Toughest Hikes in Virginia: Three Ridges and The Priest....and another one to blow you away! Part of getting in shape is also getting your boot/sock, rain gear, and layering systems figured out that work for you, as well as getting your body/feet/legs/mind into hiking and backpacking shape. Once you complete our Training Hike Series, you will be ready to hike and backpack in any conditions without fear or concern anywhere in the world, since you will get lots of practice in rain, wind, sleet/snow, and darkness. ----------------------------------------------------------------- This is the second event in our now classic Training Hike Series. We wanted to enjoy sunrise (no more Fall Colors, so wanted to add some fun to our workout) so will see what the weather allows. For this event, we will split up the Full and Half groups to put on some more elevation and fun compared to the first training hike! The leadership reserves the right to cut off a section or 2 for your safety if you can't keep up. Details will be posted over the next week or so, but wanted to get it on the schedule. My guess is it will be around 20+ miles with 6300' elevation gain for the Full Event and about 14.7 miles and about 4550' elevation gain for the Half Event. Map used for both hikes here: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/whiteoak_canyon_area.pdf and here: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/mapshiking.htm and click OLD RAG, WHITE OAK CANYON and HAWKSBILL AREA maps, and print them off and bring them in a zip lock bag. PATC Map #10 for Central Shenandoah National Park is the map Jim uses as it also contains topographical information on all these areas, which the NPS maps do not contain. Please get in the habit of always bringing your own map as it is a necessary part of being prepared for all your outdoor adventures. Learning how to read maps and navigate are an important part of the Training Hike Series as accidents happen and plans change in the mountains and we are teaching you how to be prepared, no matter what happens. As always you should come prepared for rain, which means a rain hat, rain jacket, rain pants, and an extra pair of socks. Rain gear always doubles as wind protection and for cold, which we will have this weekend. Gaiters sometimes help as well if there is a lot of standing water on the trail, so bring them if you have them. Also a change of clothes you can leave in the car helps as well in case you get wet for after the hike or want to be kind to your fellow carpool mates! Half+ Training Hike THIS HIKE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE OLD RAG ROCK SCRAMBLE. approx. 14.7 miles total with 4,550' gain! @7:30 AM- Meet at the Lower White Oak Canyon (LWOC) OUTER parking lot (Route 600). Meet right by the road not by the ranger's station. Walk (or drive if not strong enough yet) the 1.2 miles up to the Berry Hollow Parking lot. Parking is limited there, so carpool if driving. Please join up with the walking group if driving. Route: -Start at the LWOC parking lot and proceed 1.2 miles up Berry Hollow Fire Road to Berry Hollow Parking lot, then go past the gate and walk 0.8 miles uphill on the Berry Hollow fire road until you reach the Saddle Trail. We will climb about 1900 feet to the top of Old Rag Summit in 1.3 miles -Retrace our steps and descend off the mountain. When we reach Weakley Hollow fire road we will turn right and walk the fire road for 1.2 miles until we reach Robertson Mountain trail. Turn left onto this trail. We will enjoy 1700 ft gain in a 1.5 mile stretch. Total miles for this section of trail: 2.1 miles -Right turn onto the Old Rag Fire Road, walk about 1 mile and turn left onto the White Oak Canyon Trail and walk down the mountain to our cars. . ***New participants at leaders' discretion *** FULL TRAINING HIKE: (led by Steve, Rosie, Jim and many others). @ 7:30 AM- Meet at the LOWER White Oak Canyon (LWOC) OUTER Parking Lot, so don't cross the concrete bridge in the parking lot (Rte. 600/Weakley Hollow Rd.) same as the Half Group. ROUTE: - From there we will walk up to Berry Hollow Parking Lot, and if it is raining will go up the Saddle Trail to Old Rag, - If it is NOT RAINING we will walk out to the Ridge Trail and do the rock scramble over Old Rag if we think it will be reasonably dry and safe, then down the Saddle Trail and Make a right on Weakley Hollow Fire Rd. and go 1 mile to. However if doing the Sunrise Option we will go up the Saddle Trail and down the Ridge Trail then make a left onto Weakley Hollow Fire Road and go a mile uphill and make a Right onto, - Robertson Mountain Trail, enjoying the views at the top, then down to the Old Rag Fire Road on the back side of Robertson Mtn. where we, -Take a right on Old Rag Fire Rd., then take it up to the top of Skyline Drive where we will, - Take one of 2 trails over to Hawksbill Summit, enjoying a stellar view or 2 along the way, going up the trail from Lower Hawksbill parking lot and down the backside on the Salamander Trail to the AT, making a right turn and going down to Lower Hawksbill Gap and crossing Skyline Drive to, - Cedar Run Trail with 2 water crossings, and finish back where we started at White Oak Canyon Parking Lot. - Total distance will be about 20+ miles with around 6300' elevation gain. You will enjoy stellar views from 4 of the best vantage points on the East and West sides of Shenandoah National Park along with some of the best waterfalls and forest views. So a feast for the eyes, heart, body and soul and after this you will need a feast to recover! *********************Sunrise Option********************** Sunrise option (highly recommended due to clear skies on Friday night and sunny skies on Saturday) is on, but with a low of 32 and breezy (winds 17 to 32 mph, so wind chill about 17* F), you must come prepared to stay warm. This means extra layers, good gloves, balcalva, etc. Please state you want to do this option in the thread I will start in the discussion section on the website, thanks. Sunrise for Old Rag is scheduled for 7:02 AM with corresponding twilight about 6:30 AM Saturday October, 2018. Going up the Saddle Trail from Berry Hollow will take up to 1- 1/2 hours. So for us to get us to the summit about 20-30 minutes before sunrise, that means we must leave Berry Hollow parking lot no later than 5:00 AM. There is a backpacking/camping option open as well at the intersection of Berry and Weakley Hollow Fire Roads about a mile uphill from Berry Hollow parking lot, which allows you to start 30 minutes later or when the main group arrives. You must get a backcountry wilderness camping permit at the Old Rag Ranger Station before using this option. Sleeping in your car at Berry Hollow parking lot is also an option, no permit required for doing this. Old Rag Area Map You Need to Print Off: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/mapshiking.htm Shenandoah National Park Emergency Number: (800)[masked] Carpooling Please secure your ride by posting your comments and coordinate among yourselves. Making friends & sharing cost. *Carpool ride is NOT a free ride: Please pay your driver(s) min $10/pp. *If you can offer a ride: From where and how many you can take. *If you need a ride: From where or carpool location. DIRECTIONS TO WHERE WE MEETUP/PARK, BOTH FULL AND HALF GROUPS: Directions to LOWER Whiteoak Canyon Boundary Trailhead: - From Sperryville, follow Route 211 to Route 522 south for .8 mile. Turn right on Route 231, follow 10.2 miles to Etlan, -Turn right on Route 643 (Sign points towards White Oak Canyon). Follow for 4.5 miles and, -Turn right onto Route 600, and proceed 3.5 miles to the LOWER White Oak Canyon Parking Area on the left. ****NOTE: Stay in the outer parking lot as the bridge is closed over Robinson River. Please print and bring these directions with you just in case and as I warned people in the past, DO NOT TRUST YOUR GPS! There is no cell service in the White Oak Canyon Parking Lot area, so you cannot reach anyone via phone if you get lost! Remember you lose cell signal just a few miles west of Warrenton, so please caravan in the group so you don't get lost. Dinner is at the Griffin Tavern afterwards: http://griffintavern.com/ So come one, come all and get yourself into shape for our Extreme Hike and Backpack Series next year for the Great Range Traverse, Presidential Traverse, Pemi Loop, and one or 2 others with a super secret new bonus trip that will blow you away! Half+ 1. - Leader 2. - Leader 3. - Leader 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Full 1. Jim N.- Leader 2. Rosie- Leader 3. - Leader 4. - Leader 5. - Leader 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Sunrise on Old Rag Option: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

    Dunkin' Donuts

    Lee Highway off exit 52, I-66 across from Park-n-Ride · Centreville, VA

    $2.00
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  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    Hands-on learn how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point, during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance arrival. Blend of classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or[masked]*** YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. WHO: Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are. WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. TIMING: This is a 2-day class, Saturday and Sunday November 3-4th, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $265! You save $70!

    Chancellor Ruritan Club

    5994 Plank Rd · Fredericksburg, va

  • Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid Course
    LEARN HOW to SAVE LIFE and LIMB in an > urban disaster (natural or terrorist) > rural area (not near a hospital) > travel anywhere > wilderness area Spaces are limited, and your spot is not secured until you have fully registered at www.solowfa.com. Please do so now, thanks! OVERVIEW: > No prerequisites > For adults and focused teens > Approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia (100% reimbursement for certain academic employees), and more > 2-year SOLO WFA certification > Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT TOPICS: > Beyond the 'golden hour': wilderness/remote travel/disaster-delayed EMS arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care > Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation > Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management > Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, Brain > Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements, > Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections > Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival > Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain Problems, and Heart Problems > Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-evacuation treatment > International Travel: preparing & packing for safe travel, problem prevention before and during travel, and identification & treatment of many travel illnesses - presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest. SCHEDULE (2 days, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day): - Sep. 1 - 3 ... SPECIALTY SERIES: Mountain-Top Retreat near Blacksburg, VA - Sep. 15-16 ... SPECIALTY SERIES: Advanced WFA Part II (upgrade) in Old Fields, WV - Sep. 22-23 ... Chattanooga, TN - Oct. 20-21 ... Washington, DC - Nov. 3 - 4 ... Fredericksburg, VA - Nov. 10-11 ... Greeley, CO - Nov. 17-18 ... Charlottesville, VA (with optional CPR/AED/Choking eve of Nov. 16) - Jan. 12-13, 2019 ... Richmond, KY (Lexington, KY area) - Jan. 12-13, 2019 ... Charlottesville, VA (with optional CPR/AED/Choking eve of Jan. 11) - Jan. 19-20, 2019 ... Norfolk, VA -Jan. 26-27, 2019... Harrisonburg, VA -February 9-10, 2019... Richmond, VA -February 16-17, 2019... Washington, DC WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm both days; you come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. > FEE: $195 for the 2-day dtWFA (note that another org in the region charges $265!)

    Sierra Club National Office

    50 F Street NW, 8th Floor · Washington, DC

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  • Training/Endurance Hike Series #1- Challenge Yourself!
    "Endurance Training Hike Series" #1: 12 Miles to Hawksbill from White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run with many Water Falls. Purpose: It's back! Our Training Hike Series is to improve your hiking/backpacking/fitness ability and get ready for our "Toughest Hikes and Backpacking Trips" Series next year and other adventures, all while making new friends! Get yourself into shape for our Extreme (and extremely beautiful) Hike and Backpack Series next year (Toughest Hikes and Backpacking Trips in the East) from the Great Range Traverse across the Adirondack High Peaks, Presidential Traverse, Pemi Loop, Devil's Path, and Hut to Hut Events through the White Mountains, as well as some of the Toughest Hikes in Virginia: Three Ridge and The Priest....and Wild Oak National Scenic Trail! Part of getting in shape is also getting your boot/sock, rain gear, and layering systems figured out that work for you, as well as getting your body/feet/legs/mind into hiking and backpacking shape. Once you complete our Training Hike Series, you will be ready to hike and backpack in any conditions without fear or concern anywhere in the world, since you will get lots of practice in rain, wind, sleet/snow, and darkness! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Your journey into "mountain shape" begins with a great workout up the longest climb in Shenandoah National Park, and also offers some spectacular Fall color and many Waterfall views to boot! There is a spectacular 270 degree panorama from the Hawksbill Summit (with 4050' elevation) with a view of Old Rag. The Cedar Run and White Oak Canyon (WOC) trail give us many great falls view, swimming holes and the water slide. Friday night Camping option: You can camp at 2 campsites on Weakley Hollow trail, about 2.2 miles to the White Oak Canyon parking lot. Max 20 people. Jim will get a camping permit if some of you are interested in camping on Friday night. Optional Saturday sunrising hike to Old Rag at 5:00 AM: If the weather allows, some of the interested hikers can hike to Old Rag at 5 AM to see the sunrise and Fall colors from the Summit . Twilight is at 7:04 AM and sunrise is at 7:31 AM on Saturday. --------------------------------------- http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608009903042005172&pid=1.7 This is the first event in our now classic Training Hike Series. This one is up Cedar Run or White Oak Canyon, then further up to the highest point in Shenandoah National Park at Hawksbill. The leaves should be at their peak at mid to lower elevation, so always a beautiful hike! Trail highlight: 1. Spectacular 270 degree panorama from the Hawksbill Summit (with 4050 elevation) 2. 7 major water fall views and one water slide on WOC and Cedar Run trails. 3. Very steep climbing on Cedar Run trail and steep down hill on WOC trails. 4. Optional sunrise from the summit of Old Rag, a WB Classic! SNP Park Entry fee : $15/day per vehicle and up to 5 occupants; or annual pass $30/year. I have annual park pass. Please comment if you have pass. We try to have enough passes to cover all the cars we drive to the trail head parking lot. Mileage: 12 miles Elevation gains: 4000+/- Difficult level: 4 stars of of 6: Rocky trails w creek crossing. SNP ER Number:[masked] Gear: 10 Essentials: 1. Pocketknife 2. First-aid kit 3. Extra clothing (Jim uses a down vest, polar fleece pullover, long sleeve shirt and quick dry shirt as a base layer, and zip off pants with running tights underneath if under 30 degrees). 4. Rain gear, which means rain hat, pants and jacket 5. Water either in a hydration bladder or bottle 6. Headlamp/Flashlight 7. Trail food/Snacks 8. Matches in a waterproof bag and/or fire starters 9. Sun protection (hat, long sleeved shirt, sunscreen, etc.) 10. Map and compass in a zip lock or waterproof bag. All of these items should fit into a large Ziploc bag and should be carried whenever you go hiking or backpacking/camping. Other options are: • gloves • warmer hat • extra sock layers (Jim uses liner socks to prevent hot spots/blisters and merino wool for the outer layer) • extra batteries and memory card for camera • hiking poles • chocolate, of course some consider this an essential. • lightweight stove to boil water, soup, etc. All should be in or strapped on a daypack with rain cover. http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/Assets/ClientPages/zz_TenEssentials.aspx Car pooling: Please secure your ride by posting your comments and coordinate among yourselves. *Carpool ride is NOT a free ride: Please pay your driver(s) min $10/pp. making friends and sharing cost. *If you can offer a ride: From where and how many you can take. *If you need a ride: From where or carpool location. Maps: http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOakCedarRun/ http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/whiteoak_canyon_combined_2013.pdf Post-hike dinner: At Griffin Tavern: www. http://griffintavern.com I expect we will get to the Griffin between 4 and 5 PM. They will have a couple rooms set aside for us with some lunch specials such as Shephard's Pie. They also have a good selection of beer on tap and great wine menu. If this becomes a large event, we will split up the group with the easier ascent going up White Oak Canyon and the more strenuous one going up Cedar Run Canyon. From there both groups will take Lower Hawksbill Trail up to Hawksbill Summit, at 4050' the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. We will descend down the Salamander Trail to the AT, make a right (north) and go back to Cedar Run Trail at Milepost 45.6, and down the opposite canyon you came up. Note: If the weather is nice for Saturday morning, an Old Rag Sunrise hike will also be posted for the more experienced hikers in the group who can do both hikes in the same day. Again, this will be a weather dependent hike to be determined 2-3 days beforehand. Liabilities Waivers: You agree to WashIngton Backpackers Meetup group's liabilities Waiver terms by signing up to this event. Here is the link to the file: http://files.meetup.com/317560/Washington%20Backpackers%20Liabilit.pdf

    Dunkin' Donuts

    Lee Highway off exit 52, I-66 across from Park-n-Ride · Centreville, VA

    $2.00
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  • Monthly Meeting and Happy Hour
    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. So let's get together and add some of that dynamic WB excitement to our weeknights....in town for a change. GB (Gordon Biersch Brewery) has a great selection of fresh brewed beer on tap and selection of wonderful wine and drinks, so let's get together and enjoy the live baseball atmosphere right across the street! Restaurant: Gordon Biersch Brewery Website: http://www.gordonbiersch.com/ (http://www.yelp.com/biz_redir?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gordonbiersch.com%2Flocations%2Fnavy-yard%2Flargeparties&src_bizid=poslw9_kmoypQTKl9rCRUg&cachebuster=1408637590&s=dfa2bc70323e0d086692ee9bb1f0e39ee56d84c96320d463ffa3b96d905400a9)) Location: 100 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003 b/t S New Jersey Ave & S 1st St Nearest metro: Navy Yard. Telephone: (202)[masked] Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/gordon-biersch-washington-2 Food photos (click) (http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gordon-biersch-washington-2?select=IhLKlABdBAT761GiofvNUQ#IhLKlABdBAT761GiofvNUQ)

    Needs a location

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  • Roaring Plains Fall Colors Backpacking Trip-39th Annual (and still holding)!
    This is my favorite Fall trip to enjoy great views, amazing array of colors, wind, fog, rain and much of the time snow! So come prepared for the real deal (High Country Fall Backpacking) as we head into WB prime season with a great trip to get the ball rolling, so 'nuff said! Be prepared to walk in the dark on Friday night, so only fun, upbeat people allowed! If you have not done a trip with me before, please contact me...had to learn this one the hard way as I want it to be great for us both! We will do 3 different camps with 10 people at the Wilderness camp and the group sites for the rest of us. So saddle up for one of the wildest, wooliest places left in the Mid-Atlantic...the top of the Continental Divide in our region...the one and only Roaring Plains! Will repeat for winter as well! http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/events/13457820/ -------------------------------------------------------------- Google link and GPS coordinates to Forest Route 70-Roaring Plains: The first gate will be unlocked for us, however the second gate is locked all the time where we park. We will backpack into some of our camps from there. Specific directions to follow the week before the event once weather conditions, etc. are known. [masked],[masked] http://goo.gl/maps/L8eDj ------------------------------------------------------------------- Wilderness Group I 1. 2. 3. 4. b>5&6. b>7&8. 9. 10. Group Site...not in actual Wilderness 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. NO GPS ALLOWED ON THIS TRIP, THANKS!

    Centreville Park & Ride

    14700 Lee Hwy · Centreville, VA

    $2.00
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  • Fall Adirondacks Great Range Backpacking/Camping Trip- 35 miles & 13,000' Gain!
    Return to the Adirondacks for some spectacular Fall Colors in one of the most beautiful places around. We do this as part of our annual Extreme Hike Series over Memorial Day, and started doing it as a Fall Backpacking trip in 2014, which became an instant classic, so now our THIRD annual ADK Fall Backpacking Trip! This will be Jim's ~35 mile (13,000' + elevation gain)modified Great Range Traverse which adds on the best of the best routes through the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks which is said to be one of the three toughest and most beautiful day hikes in the Eastern US (and yes we also do #1 and #2 as well). You will be doing the 2 panorama shots above and below. Parts of it are above treeline with gorgeous views of the surrounding peaks. Our route will be slightly different, but similar enough to this trip report that it will give you a good idea of what to look forward to. Great Range Traverse (http://alavigne.net/Outdoors/ImageGallery/2004/Solstice2004/) Here is the route in Google Earth format. To view this file, first install Google Earth and then download the file. Great Range Traverse in Google Earth (http://files.meetup.com/317560/GreatRangeTraverse.kmz) This is an extremely challenging trip. You must be an experienced long distance backpacker/hiker to consider participating. If you have not participated in our training hike series, please follow up your RSVP with an email that provides a summary of your qualifying experience, which should include several recent 25-30 mile hikes with extreme elevation gain for the Full Event. If the leaders are not relatively confident you are capable of completing this hike with good cheer, we will have no choice other than to remove you from the RSVP list. Details will be posted shortly, but here is the short version: Directions: Lake Placid/WhitefaceKOA Campground: 77 Fox Farm Road Wilmington, NY[masked] or[masked] Details and directions here: http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-placid/ Note: We will equally share the cost of the campsites, but hot showers are included, along with a snack bar and laundry. From the South: Take the Adirondack Northway (I-87) to Exit 30. Take US 9N toward Rte. 73/Keene Valley/Keene, in 0.2 miles turn left on US 9 N and 2.2 miles, where you will turn slight left onto NY 73 W for 13.3 miles, then continue on US 9N North for 6 miles, then continue onto Springfield Rd. 3.6 miles, then turn left onto Fox Farm Rd for 0.6 miles and turn right into the KOA. Directions from the KOA to Adirondack Loj: Reverse directions above back to NY Rte. 73 and turn right on Adirondack Loj Road (High Peaks Trailhead sign). It is 5 miles to the Loj. Itinerary [tbd] On Friday, shuttle a car to the end of our trip, just off of Rt 73 south of Keene Valley, NY. Parking is available at the Rooster Comb trailhead. Details for the actual route are available here: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2009/11/adirondack-great-range-a-dayhike-of-10000-vertical-feet.html http://lookingforviews.blogspot.com/2013/08/great-range-traverse-2013-08-05.html http://mountainpeakfitness.com/blog/2013/9/4/elizabeths-recap-the-great-range-traverse Group 1 & 2 (Led by Chance and Jim): We will start our backpacking adventure on Friday at the Adirondak Loj, hiking up past Avalanche Lake and camp for the night. Bring a headlamp and make sure you have fresh batteries, there's about a 99% chance we'll be hiking past dark to get there. On Saturday we will climb Mt Marcy, maybe Haystack, Saddleback, Basin and Gothics. Camping on Saturday night will depend on how far we make it that day. It'll be an early start and a late finish to get to where we need to be to finish on Sunday on time. Sunday we'll finish up the traverse and head back to main road in town where I'll have a friend pick us up and shuttle us back to our cars at the Loj. Update: The "Half+" group will also do the Great Range or the Dix Range as a rain stand by and Jim will lead this group. After the trip, we will enjoy a meal in Keene Valley. If you have some extra time, Lake Placid area has many wonderful things to do so as usual with our Extreme Events this will be a great vacation for you as well if you want to take an extra day or two to enjoy the sights! Please note we are doing this trip in cooler weather so no bugs, but be prepared for winter weather, just in case! The campsites at the KOA are very nice with hot showers, laundry, snack bar and camp store, so well worth the effort to get up there early on Friday! Gear List Lightweight backpacking portion of this trip: you must be under 25 LBS, (it'll be challenging enough with that), due to the steep and rugged rock scrambling required on this trip. As always, be sure to bring plenty of water and trail food for this trip. No campfires are permitted and we must use bear cannisters. 3 to 4 liters of water are suggested along with a water filter. You should also bring extra socks and dress in layers. Proper fitting footwear suitable for extreme hiking/backpacking is essential. Since we are in the High Peaks Wilderness Area group size is strictly limited to 8. Carpools: Driver #1: Chance (potentially leaving Thursday night) 2. Stephanie 3. Paul 4. Jamie (Not confirmed) Driver #2: Jim 1. Jim 2. Phyllis 3. Liz 4. Driver #3: Driver Volunteer Needed 1. 2. 3. 4. Driving Separately: Half+: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Group 1 Full: 1. Chance 2. Stephanie 3. Paul 4. Jamie aka “Flash” 5. Jake 6. Paula aka “Bird Lady” Group 2 Full: 1. Jim 2. Phyllis 3. Liz 4. 5. 6.

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    Adirondack Wilderness Campground

    1002 Adirondack Loj Road · Lake Placid, NY

    $5.00
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  • Backpacking 101 and Gear Swap...3 Hikes Weekend!
    This is a 3-for-1 weekend on the mountain! Let's meet at Wolf Gap Campground on Friday night to camp out (with great dutch oven cooking..mmm) then go enjoy 2 great hikes on Saturday, Big Schloss and then Tibbet Knob. If the weather is good, we will do a sunrise and/or sunset hike as well. Backpacking and setting up camp at Big Schloss on Saturday to enjoy sunset/sunrise for those interested is also available as well, so something for everyone! You will learn to camp, backpack, hike and find out why our group enjoys the outdoors together so much! There are great views where we roam, and the camping at Wolf Gap Campground is free! This year, we will have backpacking vendors display some of their wares and do some skill building workshops as well such as map and compass use, fire building, etc. We will leave on Sunday morning and go to Strickler Knob (across the Shenandoah Valley) to enjoy a strenuous hike to another gorgeous view, then compare notes on which view we enjoy the best at an optional post hike meal nearby on the way home! Lastly, since we will be car camping or backpacking close to DC, bring your gear for a Gear Swap. Please use the Comments to post what you may bring or what you are looking for. I am charging $5 to cover chainsaw, and other basic equipment costs to pull this popular event off. Food cost will be additional and will be determined by number of attendees, thanks everyone and look forward to another great event with everyone! Strickler Knob info is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/StricklerKnob/ Big Schloss is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/BigSchloss/ and Tibbet Knob is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/TibbetKnob/ Please print off a copy of each map and trail description and bring it with you in a zip lock bag. So there you go, 3 of the best local hikes and views in our area, close to home and 2 good days and nights of exercise and fun...what more could you look in an end of summer trip?! For those of you wanting to learn more about camping and backpacking, here is your chance with options that make sense for your level as you can beg off once you get tired. This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before it cools off too much, so come out and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for Fall! Finally here is the menu with participants paying their share (budget about $20-25 for group meals/drinks): Cattle Drive Menu for Saturday Breakfast and Dinner: Main Vittles (we will choose among): Roundup BBQ Ribs, Cattle Drive Chili, Chuck wagon/Burrito Casserole) Sidekicks & Soppers: Cast Iron Cornbread, Cowboy potatoes, Tortilla chips and Salsa Cowboy Sweets: Denver Chocolate Pudding Cake, Down Home Peach Cobbler or Side Saddle Cherry Cobbler (smaller 10" DO). If leftovers on fruit cobblers, we can have with breakfast. Chuck Wagon Sunrise Pancakes, bacon/sausage & Jim's Cinnamon Pecan Ring Brew: Water, Cowboy Coffee and Tea; Margaritas & Sangria (extra charge for these). For a discussion of gear and list of equipment click here: Jim's Backpacking 101: http://www.meetup.com/dc-backpackers/files/ http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/boy_scout_gear_list.html and a gear list here: http://www.backpacking-guide.com/backpacking-checklist.html DIRECTIONS FROM CENTREVILLE, VA HERE: Take Interstate 66 West 42 miles to Interstate 81 South and take it 17 miles South. Leave Interstate 81 at Exit 283, Woodstock, VA 42 (south of Front Royal and North of Edinburg.) Head West on VA 42 South, toward Columbia Furnace. 5.2 miles down VA 42, passing the large gray unmarked turkey processing plant on the left, and a store/gas station on the right, go Right on Union Church Rd., (following the sign towards Wolf Gap and towards St. Luke, on VA 768 to VA 623). Bear Left and go downhill at the church, onto Back Rd. (VA 623 only about half a mile). At the bottom of the hill, just before the bridge, go Right on Wolf Gap Rd. (VA 675). After 2.6 miles, just after a trash dropoff point on your right, turn right to stay on VA 675, Wolf Gap Road. Follow it about 2 miles UP the mountain. This is a narrow, winding section of the road and extra caution is advised. At the high point of the pass, just before you arrive in West Virginia, enter Wolf Gap Recreation Area on your right. I will have some campsites held and also a large group site across the road to the left. GPS COORDINATES: Latitude :[masked] Longitude : [masked] So let's saddle up for our annual great Backpacking 101 up on the mountain close to town!

    Wolf Gap National Recreation Area

    Trout Run and Wolf Gap Roads · Wardensville, WV

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  • Monthly Meeting and Happy Hour
    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. So let's get together and add some of that dynamic WB excitement to our weeknights....in town for a change. GB (Gordon Biersch Brewery) has a great selection of fresh brewed beer on tap and selection of wonderful wine and drinks, so let's get together and enjoy the live baseball atmosphere right across the street! Restaurant: Gordon Biersch Brewery Website: http://www.gordonbiersch.com/ (http://www.yelp.com/biz_redir?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gordonbiersch.com%2Flocations%2Fnavy-yard%2Flargeparties&src_bizid=poslw9_kmoypQTKl9rCRUg&cachebuster=1408637590&s=dfa2bc70323e0d086692ee9bb1f0e39ee56d84c96320d463ffa3b96d905400a9)) Location: 100 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003 b/t S New Jersey Ave & S 1st St Nearest metro: Navy Yard. Telephone: (202)[masked] Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/gordon-biersch-washington-2 Food photos (click) (http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gordon-biersch-washington-2?select=IhLKlABdBAT761GiofvNUQ#IhLKlABdBAT761GiofvNUQ)

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