Jayne[masked] (you need to sign in to see my phone #)
My hikes are always an adventure and usually a mix of new and returning hikers. Most hikers won't know each so don't worry about coming alone.
12.5+ mi if not -- I scouted this new trail (& trailhead) Monday. The falls are partially frozen with both ice & water. Spectacular!!!!
At Marti's request we are hiking the Overall Run circuit which passes one of the largest continuous waterfalls in Virginia. With Beecher Ridge having one of the highest concentrations of Black Bears in the park, this is one hike where you may still catch a glimpse of a bear in the wild. Last week I saw a bunch of huge bear paws on the trail. If there has been snow we'll take hikingupward's hike in the reverse so we can spend time at the frozen falls taking pictures. If there has not been snow I'll probably add on a couple miles. http://www.hikingupwa... (http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/OverallRun/)
Skilled hikers only. We keep a steady pace & rarely stop for breaks so we can hit a restaurant afterwards. We don’t run and we don’t meander.
My goal is to find hikers with the same skills. If you don’t have hiking experience & you aren’t interested in keeping a steady pace, this is not the hike for you. You will get frustrated trying to keep up with others. Others will get frustrated waiting for you. I’ve learned, to gather a group of same skilled hikers, I need to have hiked a difficult hike with you or talk on the phone with you. I require a hiker who has not hiked a difficult hike with me to call within 24 hours of an RSVP or I change the RSVP to no. If it turns out this hike may be too difficult for you, I'm happy to help you find the right one.
Hunting season for big game is upon us. Poachers, kinda like the name implies, don't much care about laws. Sooooooooo Be responsible. Be Safe. Wear blaze Orange -- hat, vest whatever will stand out. For my hikes I require some blaze orange which you can find at REI, Dicks, Walmart, etc. I will have orange blaze ribbons.
Bring a copy of this Trail Map found in Meet Up files
Please take into account $5 for charity when deciding about this hike. Donations are given to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club the charitable organization maintaining our Hiking Trail.
Driving There is $15 per vehicle entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park plus a gas donation of $5-$8 for your driver.
CHECK Hikingupward.com weather link and this site the morning of the hike.
$ Food: Bring munchies for the trail. We’ll stop at a restaurant afterward.
Picture Smile, click. I now require a picture of each hiker for emergencies so don't be surprised when I take a picture of you b4 we head out.
SAFETY: When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card and cash.
Hiking Shoes or Boots are important.
Hiking Sticks are helpful. My favorite are Black Diamond http://www.rei.com/se... (http://www.rei.com/search?query=black+diamond+hiking+poles)
Gaiters: are great when there is mud or brush, or whatever http://www.rei.com/se... (http://www.rei.com/search?query=gaters)
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring more Water than you think you need. I recommend 40-60 oz.
Camera: But of course!!
Humor: An absolute must.
Ticks http://www.trails.com... (http://www.trails.com/how_1198_check-for-ticks).