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REMEMBER CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO BED SATURDAY NIGHT. Join me for an out and back 4.5 hour hike. (http://www.virginiaoutdoors.com/inc/parkfiles/_parkmaps/skymeadows-parkmap_trails.pdf) This is a hike for any skill level if you’re willing to hike 4.5 hours - lunch on the trail.
I have led roughly 150 hikes with various groups. My leadership style is different from most hike leaders. Details are below.
HIKING REQUIREMENT: For your safety each hiker must have this map while hiking. CLICK HERE. PRINT. BRING. (http://files.meetup.com/220319/map.pdf)
HIKING EXPECTATIONS: There are normally a mix of those who have hiked with me b4 and those who have not. Hikers may initially know no one but that changes quickly and we ALWAYS have a great time.
Most hike 6-10 miles; faster hikers may cover 12-14 miles.If there are problems along the trail, we ask all hikers to help each other. Otherwise hike at a pace which works for you; break when you want. We will spend time understanding the trail, the blazes we'll follow, and where to look for arrows the fastest hiker puts along the way. The slowest hiker picks them up on the way back.
HIKING TRAIL: Buzzard Rock is the high point of the cliffs that are visible from Fort Valley; an easy hike (for beginners it’s a little over 500’ elevation gain) with a great payoff – spectacular vistas. Plus Tony from Hiking Upward has a geocache at N[masked] W[masked].
DRIVING INFORMATION: ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY to form carpools as we leave promptly. You may want to find a place for a nature break before arriving as the next one will be in the woods. If you are willing to drive to the trailhead, please have enough gas.
Plan to give your driver $7 for gas. If you need or can offer a ride to our carpool location be specific in posts below. Metro opens at 7am; use http://www.wmata.com to assure you arrive on time.
RSVP ETIQUETTE: Change your yes or waitlisted RSVP to no before Wednesday if your plans change. It's unfortunate but if you are a No Show or continually change your RSVP after Wednesday before a hike, you may not be welcome on my future hikes. Managing how many hikers show up is a frustrating challenge. I absolutely understand that life sometimes gets in the way but please be respectful of both waitlisted hikers and my time and energy planning your successful adventure.
DONATION: Please take into account $5 FOR CHARITY when deciding about this hike. Donations are given to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club http://www.PATC.net which maintains our hiking trails. PATC is a non-profit, tax exempt public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
SAFETY: When hiking, I carry my phone, driver’s license, medical insurance card, credit card, cash, headlamp & whistle.
YOUR PICTURE: Smile, click. I require a picture of each hiker for emergencies so don't be surprised when I take your picture
HIKING SHOES OR BOOTS are important.
HIKING POLES are helpful. My favorite are Black Diamond.
WATER: ALWAYS bring more than you think you need.
FOOD: It's important to have healthy snacks to munch as you hike. Also bring your lunch so you may stop along the way, eat it and perhaps enjoy a spectacular view.
CAMERA: But of course!!
HUMOR: An absolute must.
PETS: Not allowed on this hike
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