What we're about

Meet with local adventurers to plan trips and talk about camping, adventures, gear, trails, destinations and trips. This group is for people who want to get out there, have some fun, and meet others with similar interests. We are first and foremost a group of people who enjoy outdoor adventures and exploration. We regularly schedule socials and exciting outdoor adventures that vary by time of year.

Some possibilities: hiking, rock climbing (indoor or out), kayaking, caving, camping, white water rafting, biking, skiing (water, downhill and cross-country), backpacking, snowshoeing, hang gliding, rappelling, creek-walking, geocaching and anything else the group wants to try!

We plan day trips, overnight and long weekend trips, and some longer adventures - so there's something for everybody! It's your adventure club; what do YOU want to do? Qualified to lead a trip or teach a class on outdoor skills? E-mail me. Let's talk about it and I'll post it on the calendar. Let's get outside and have some fun!

Upcoming events (5)

APPALACHIAN TRAIL BACKPACKING

Burger King

Moderate to slightly difficult backpacking from Reeds Gap on the Blue Ridge Pkwy to Crabtree Falls Parking Area. We'll plan on leaving from the BK on Rt 17 in Newport News and carpool to Crabtree Falls. After dropping off a couple vehicles (hopefully a truck) we'll drive to Reeds Gap and start hiking south bound on the AT. Fri. mileage is appx. 8 miles with a peak elevation of almost 4000'. We'll camp at Harper's Creek. Sat. we'll hike about 3 miles mostly downhill to the swinging bridge at the Tye River and then begin a 4.8 mile mostly uphill trudge to the top of Priest Mt 4063'. There is one great view of the Tye River Valley and another just past the summit. We'll plan on camping at Priest Mt shelter. Total mileage is appx. 8 miles. Sun We'll hike a short ways on the AT to Crabtree Falls Fire Rd and meadow. Then we'll hike along mostly flat ground for a couple miles to the top of Crabtree Falls and out via the downhill grade to Rt. 56. Mileage Sun. will be around 5-6 miles. You'll need normal overnight gear tent or hammock, sleeping bag/quilt, ground pad, stove/cookgear, food for 2 suppers/2 breakfast plus trail snacks. Water is fairly reliable but there are some dry stretches. I wouldn't be overly alarmed but we are in bear country so you should be prepared to hang food. I believe there may be a bear pole at both shelters but not for sure about Priest Mt. This is a fun hike but you need to be prepared for alot of up and down and more up. We'll plan on eating lunch at Scoto's in Waynesboro after the hike. Due to needing to shuttle from one trail head to another I'll need people to meet at the BK or Crabtree Falls Parking Lot and not have everyone just heading up on their own.

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG CANDLE LIGHT GHOST TOUR

The Cheese Shop

Candle lit ghost tour of Colonial Williamsburg. We'll walk the dark shrouded streets of Williamsburg while I share stories of various hauntings. Fee is $8 per person. Children are welcome if under control. This is a fun event and hopefully we'll get a couple of ghostly pics. For more info I can. Be contacted at[masked] [masked]

"S4" Second Sundays Spirited Sails

Queens Lake Marina, on Queens Creek

$20.00

Second Sundays Spirited Sails . . . (“S4’s”) w/VirginiaMaritimeMinistries (VAM2) WHAT: Introductory Sails aboard "Genesis" to unplug from the everyday distractions, and plug into positive "Friendship" building, through strengthening relationships, communications and teamwork while actively sailing together, under the guidance of a US Sailing Certified Instructor! WHEN: Departure from Queens Lake Marina. "Genesis" departs dock at 1:30 (duration of sail ~ 3 1/2 hrs wind / crew dependent), pretty much every "Second" Sunday afternoons: May => Thanksgiving/beyond . . . (with some exceptions to accommodate special sailing events). WHY: Fun, Fellowship, Food, and a Fantastic Time ahead. No cell phones, no motor, using only what wind we get! WHO: YOU, So GET YOUR CREW TOGETHER, INVITE A FRIEND, or SIGN ON AS A SOLO STOWAWAY NOW to reserve your spot! (Note: 2 => 6 crew required to go!) WHERE: http://www.queenslake.net/marina.html is where “Genesis” is docked at slip “C22”, and will be waiting for you to board at 1:30, and casting off shortly afterwards. http://www.queenslake.net/maps.html will get you there with a click for printable map and directions. Local detail: Drive to the end of East Queens Drive, down the drive to the water, and park to the right of the brown gazebo on the dock. (I highly recommend using the facilities, at perhaps the Wawa gas/convenience store on Merrimack Trail and Penniman Rd., before boarding.) NEW DETAILS: ! Limit: Minimum TWO (2) to sail, Maximum SIX (6) crewmembers per outing. ("First Timers" have seniority; "repeat crew" always welcomed to "fill the boat” by bringing someone new.) Self-ensure minimum by inviting a friend, or consider child, as outing is “family friendly”, and I have PFDs in every size, if needed. (Regrets, if < 2: cancel & refund, or “priority waitlist” for future sail). ! RSVP ONLY ACCEPTED & CONFIRMED by receipt of completed "CrewLog" and $20 "Hold Commitment" for sailing manifest and to secure your place onboard, precluding last minute "no-shows" that have prevented others from participating on this limited space activity. Refundable upon request once on location, or much appreciated as a donation to keep the boat running! To obtain "Crew Log": provide your personal email address for pdf.file - pls forward email and cell phone in your RSVP response), well in advance of preferred sailing date(s) noted separately in reply-email to [masked]. ! NOTE: To best serve our community, actual sailing date assignment to be directly confirmed by David Chin, Commodore, VAM2, by pre-sail notification/preparation email days following RSVP Close. Those Crew Logs and deposits received after capacity is met, will have first choice of subsequent sails, or returned. “Genesis” is a Hunter 240, water-ballasted compact-cruiser and serves as the flagship for Virginia Maritime Ministries (VAM2). She’s tender until she sets her heel, and if so inclined, she’ll be ready to have you “take the tiller”. So, if you’ve never sailed by tiller before, practice now driving with your windows down to feel the wind, and your hand on the BOTTOM of your steering wheel to get accustomed to the direction of your hand motion to command the craft. No doubt this will be a refreshing time for all aboard, and wonderful memories will be recorded on digital discs! ESSENTIALS: 1) Non-marring, lace-up (NO flip-flops) shoes are required for safety, and 2) Sun block LOTION and non-oily insect repellent is recommended, as is a 3) Brimmed hat and sunglasses (with “keepers”) for personal protection, property preservation. 4) If handling lines, sailing gloves (bike or workout gloves are fine, or close-fitting leather garden gloves) will help protect against rope burns or blisters. 5) “Sea-Snacks” (neat finger foods, no fine china), and favorite beverages – I will have a cooler prepared, softdrinks and water aboard. 6) A fun and adventurous spirit aboard! THE FINE PRINT: Attached in a confirmation email responding to your RSVP to me at [masked] (you must include your regular email address that can accept a word.doc), as standard protocol, will be the Crew Log “Medical Release,/Liability Agreement” form that must be completed, signed and faxed/pdf’d back to me for the sailing manifest and our float plan, (required THURSDAY prior to sailing). All Crew must be able to swim, however WE ALL wear PFDs regardless, while on board. Register early and I’ll send you a “Start Sailing NOW” guide to help you prep your crew for a most enjoyable first-time out on a sailboat. Please share with your guest/crew to help them be best prepared for a great experience on the York River, and call me with any questions [masked] cell). Looking fwd to a great time! P.S. - Post Sail Option: Crews of VAM2 have often found a desire to continue the camaraderie ashore in support of continued fellowship, feasting family-style sharing our adventures. Simple solution may be for dinner at a local eatery, if so desired by crew consensus. (pls advise of any dietary requirements). David R. Chin Commodore, VAM2 [masked] W(757)[masked] Direct H (631)[masked] Cell

"S4" Second Sundays Spirited Sails

Queens Lake Marina, on Queens Creek

$20.00

Second Sundays Spirited Sails . . . (“S4’s”) w/VirginiaMaritimeMinistries (VAM2) WHAT: Introductory Sails aboard "Genesis" to unplug from the everyday distractions, and plug into positive "Friendship" building, through strengthening relationships, communications and teamwork while actively sailing together, under the guidance of a US Sailing Certified Instructor! WHEN: Departure from Queens Lake Marina. "Genesis" departs dock at 1:30 (duration of sail ~ 3 1/2 hrs wind / crew dependent), pretty much every "Second" Sunday afternoons: May => Thanksgiving/beyond . . . (with some exceptions to accommodate special sailing events). WHY: Fun, Fellowship, Food, and a Fantastic Time ahead. No cell phones, no motor, using only what wind we get! WHO: YOU, So GET YOUR CREW TOGETHER, INVITE A FRIEND, or SIGN ON AS A SOLO STOWAWAY NOW to reserve your spot! (Note: 2 => 6 crew required to go!) WHERE: http://www.queenslake.net/marina.html is where “Genesis” is docked at slip “C22”, and will be waiting for you to board at 1:30, and casting off shortly afterwards. http://www.queenslake.net/maps.html will get you there with a click for printable map and directions. Local detail: Drive to the end of East Queens Drive, down the drive to the water, and park to the right of the brown gazebo on the dock. (I highly recommend using the facilities, at perhaps the Wawa gas/convenience store on Merrimack Trail and Penniman Rd., before boarding.) NEW DETAILS: ! Limit: Minimum TWO (2) to sail, Maximum SIX (6) crewmembers per outing. ("First Timers" have seniority; "repeat crew" always welcomed to "fill the boat” by bringing someone new.) Self-ensure minimum by inviting a friend, or consider child, as outing is “family friendly”, and I have PFDs in every size, if needed. (Regrets, if < 2: cancel & refund, or “priority waitlist” for future sail). ! RSVP ONLY ACCEPTED & CONFIRMED by receipt of completed "CrewLog" and $20 "Hold Commitment" for sailing manifest and to secure your place onboard, precluding last minute "no-shows" that have prevented others from participating on this limited space activity. Refundable upon request once on location, or much appreciated as a donation to keep the boat running! To obtain "Crew Log": provide your personal email address for pdf.file - pls forward email and cell phone in your RSVP response), well in advance of preferred sailing date(s) noted separately in reply-email to [masked]. ! NOTE: To best serve our community, actual sailing date assignment to be directly confirmed by David Chin, Commodore, VAM2, by pre-sail notification/preparation email days following RSVP Close. Those Crew Logs and deposits received after capacity is met, will have first choice of subsequent sails, or returned. “Genesis” is a Hunter 240, water-ballasted compact-cruiser and serves as the flagship for Virginia Maritime Ministries (VAM2). She’s tender until she sets her heel, and if so inclined, she’ll be ready to have you “take the tiller”. So, if you’ve never sailed by tiller before, practice now driving with your windows down to feel the wind, and your hand on the BOTTOM of your steering wheel to get accustomed to the direction of your hand motion to command the craft. No doubt this will be a refreshing time for all aboard, and wonderful memories will be recorded on digital discs! ESSENTIALS: 1) Non-marring, lace-up (NO flip-flops) shoes are required for safety, and 2) Sun block LOTION and non-oily insect repellent is recommended, as is a 3) Brimmed hat and sunglasses (with “keepers”) for personal protection, property preservation. 4) If handling lines, sailing gloves (bike or workout gloves are fine, or close-fitting leather garden gloves) will help protect against rope burns or blisters. 5) “Sea-Snacks” (neat finger foods, no fine china), and favorite beverages – I will have a cooler prepared, softdrinks and water aboard. 6) A fun and adventurous spirit aboard! THE FINE PRINT: Attached in a confirmation email responding to your RSVP to me at [masked] (you must include your regular email address that can accept a word.doc), as standard protocol, will be the Crew Log “Medical Release,/Liability Agreement” form that must be completed, signed and faxed/pdf’d back to me for the sailing manifest and our float plan, (required THURSDAY prior to sailing). All Crew must be able to swim, however WE ALL wear PFDs regardless, while on board. Register early and I’ll send you a “Start Sailing NOW” guide to help you prep your crew for a most enjoyable first-time out on a sailboat. Please share with your guest/crew to help them be best prepared for a great experience on the York River, and call me with any questions [masked] cell). Looking fwd to a great time! P.S. - Post Sail Option: Crews of VAM2 have often found a desire to continue the camaraderie ashore in support of continued fellowship, feasting family-style sharing our adventures. Simple solution may be for dinner at a local eatery, if so desired by crew consensus. (pls advise of any dietary requirements). David R. Chin Commodore, VAM2 [masked] W(757)[masked] Direct H (631)[masked] Cell

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"S4" Second Sundays Spirited Sails

Queens Lake Marina, on Queens Creek

$20.00

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