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Training/Endurance Hike Series- #1 Challenge Yourself!

This is the first event in our now classic Training Hike Series. This one is up Cedar Run, then further up to the highest point in Shenandoah National Park at Hawksbill, then down White Oak Canyon.  If some of you want more, next training hike in December will add Old Rag to this circuit.  The leadership reserves the right to cut off a section or 2 for your safety if you can't keep up. This hike will be around 11 miles and 3235' elevation gain.  Dinner is at the Griffin Tavern afterwards.  This event is cross-posted with the Washington Backpacker's Meetup Group and is not a social hike as it is done at speed, yet fun and is the first in about 8 to 9 hikes through the winter and into next Spring to get you ready for the most beautiful hike series in the East!  So come one come all and get yourself into shape for our Extreme Hike Series next year for the Great Range Traverse (across the Adirondack High Peaks in NY), Presidential Traverse (across the White Mountain in NH), Pemi Loop in NH, and one or 2 others with a super secret new bonus trip that will blow you away!

White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run Loop trail description here:

Hawksbill Summit Loop here:

Shenandoah National Park U.S. Department of the Interior National

Please copy each of these maps and bring it with you on Saturday.  You will need a good sock system, hiking boots, dress in layers and bring plenty of water, rain gear, and food (including lunch).  We will eat at the Griffin Tavern after the hike here:

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  • Jim N.

    Amazing route and people and the weather could not be beat!

    November 3, 2013

  • Deborah C.

    Jim's an excellent leader. Great group and beautiful weather.

    November 3, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Kate, couldn't find you at Security Park and Ride. Left there at 5:15.

    November 2, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Weather is holding for a sunny day, low of 46 and high of 56 so great hiking weather! Please get with me so I can be sure you are coming as I have 54 people on the other website attending and need to keep track of everyone. I live north of Baltimore in Parkton, so if anyone needs to carpool or caravan down with me, let me know, thanks.

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Deb

    I haven't hiked in a looong time and out of shape. I've done White Oak Canyon was tough even when I WAS in great shape and running. Should I go back to the gym and do some training before I join you guys? I wouldn't want to slow anyone down. I'm definitely game to try it.

    October 17, 2013

    • Jim N.

      This hike is done at a good pace Deb for regular hikers (2.5- 3.0 MPH). I would suggest you get started training if you want to come out as you will be walking from the bottom of the mountain to the top and back down. Since I have not hiked with you before cannot answer your question. Feel free to give me a call on my cell at[masked] to talk about it. I know we have 52 people signed up on WB right now....

      October 27, 2013

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