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Winter Chill Campout at Shimp's Hollow - Germantown MetroPark

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  • This is a CAMPING, CHILLING & HIKING weekend for March 4th and 5th. We will camp at Shimp's Hollow group campsite and test our cold weather camping gear and skills.

    You can drive to and park fairly close to the camp site. There is plenty of level, grassy areas for tents. The campsite has picnic tables, a trash can and two outhouse style privies. A campfire is permitted in the main fire ring. Firewood is provided.

    Campers are welcome to attend beginning at 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 4th. You need to be packed up and out of the campsite at noon on Sunday, March 5th. Can't be there the whole time? No problem! Come for just the times that work best for you. 

    Campers should bring their own camping gear including tents, cooking stoves, food, lanterns and lawn chairs. Bring a portable table if you have one. Bring drinking water! There is no water at the campsite. Firewood is provided. 

    We needed to add a small per person fee for this event due to the cost of reserving this area. If we collect more than is required to cover the cost of the site, the overage amount will be distributed equally among the attendees when they arrive at the campsite. No-show's will not receive a refund. Their share will also be distributed to those that did show for the event.  The organizer will net zero from the fees collected.


    Winter Chill Campout at Shimp's Hollow - Germantown MetroPark


    We will be having a Chili Dump on Saturday evening.  Each member will bring a small container of chili to add to the community pot, their own drinks and a food item from the list below. Please bring the food item listed beside the first letter of your last name.

    A – E | Appetizer

    F – J | Dessert

    K – O | Cornbread & butter

    P – T | Fritos/crackers

    U – Z | Chopped onions & shredded cheese


    • Start 

    We will begin setting up camp at 12 PM Saturday afternoon 

    • Finish 
    We should tear down camp Sunday morning and plan to be off the property by noon. 

    • Duration 
    As long as you can stand :0)

    • Difficulty 

    This camp-out is suitable for those with some camping/outdoor experience.  You must be 13 years of age or older and sign the liability waiver.  Attendees under the age of 18 must be attended with a supervising adult.  Be aware that there "will be" some adult humor and those not wishing to expose younger attendees should take this into consideration prior to attending.

    • What You See 
    The beautiful Germantown Metro Park, Germantown Dam and spillway, historic Germantown, The Forentine Hotel and the Shuey Mill, plants and Wildlife.

    • Restrooms 
    There are two pit toilets at the campsite

    • Food 
    - Bring water and snacks for hikes
    - You are on your own for all meal planning
    - "Chili Dump" on Saturday night.  I will bring a large pot for over the fire.

    Good quality cold weather camping equipment. Your hiking gear..


    I will ask that you sign ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY when you arrive for this event or you can update your profile to indicate your acceptance of the risk.  I love you guys, but I love my family more. Additionally, I will ask that you provide emergency contact information that will be destroyed after the paddle.


    This hike may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or unsuitable conditions.

    Sunrise: 7:03am
    Sunset: 6:35pm


    No guests on the sign up.  Just ask your friends to sign up on Meet Up and RSVP to the hike.  In this, we ensure everyone has accepted the liability waiver.  this protects everyone on the event. 

    Directions: From the city of Germantown go west on SR-725. Turn right on Boomershine Road. Go 1/4 mile and turn right onto a gravel road marked "Area C". This is the road to Shimps Hollow Group Camp.

    Abbreviated Rules & Regulations

    To insure your safety and enjoyment and that of other park visitors, and for the safety and protection of MetroParks facilities, follow these rules:

    - Removal of property prohibited
    - Pets (where permitted) must be on a leash that is no longer than 8 feet
    - Alcoholic beverages are prohibited without permit
    - Motorized vehicles allowed on roads and parking lots only
    - Solicitation prohibited
    - Music must remain at a low volume so as to not disturb others
    - Fires in grills and designated areas only
    - Release of animals prohibited
    - Do not approach or disturb any wildlife you may encounter
    - Do no litter

    More About Germantown Metro Park

    Germantown MetroPark is the most diverse and significant natural area managed by MetroParks. The size, quality, and age of the woodlands are exceptional. Steep topography and varied moisture gradients make for a variety of forest types and microhabitats. Many species of plants and animals here are found nowhere else in Montgomery County. The park also contains large open grasslands, cedar glades, dry hillside prairies, all stages of natural succession, several ponds, and an exceptionally high quality stream, Twin Creek. The park also benefits from the fact that it still is surrounded largely by agricultural land and the wooded Twin Creek corridor.

    Winter Camping Information

    How to Make a Sleeping Bag Warmer

    Q. I have a 30-degree bag, but I’m thinking of going on a hike where the temperatures could drop below freezing. Do I need to buy another bag?

    A. Probably not. If you find that you 30-degree bag keeps you warm in 30-degree temperatures, you can extend its downward range. Here’s how:

    - Sleep in a tent. Better yet, sleep in a tent with a hiking partner. The tent holds warm air in, raising the effective air temperature. Two bodies create more hot air than one.
    - Add a liner. Fleece and silk sleeping bag liners feel nice against your skin and keep the bag warm (and clean; the liner is much easier to wash than the bag). Fleece bags add warmth, although they can be heavy.
    - Use a vapor-barrier liner. This is a sleeping bag liner made of non-breathable material. Your body heat stays close to your body (so, unfortunately, does your sweat). The advantages: You stay warmer, and less condensation collects on your tent.
    - Wear more clothes. (Not fewer—although it’s a common misconception, sleeping nude inside a sleeping bag does not make you warmer.). Layers trap air, which helps to insulate you. Still cold? Wear a hat, extra socks, and gloves. 
    - Sip a hot drink before bed and use the leftovers as a hot water bottle. 
    - If you have a down sleeping bag that looks skimpier now than when it was new, it may simply need a good washing. Over time, oils and dirt collect and start to damage the down. Down sleeping bag can be machine-washed or washed by hand (never dry-cleaned, which breaks down the insulation and leaves a toxic chemical residue). If washing doesn't do the trick, it may be that your bag needs a down transplant. Again, either the manufacturer or a gear repair company can add a few ounces of new down to a tired bag. Finally, between hikes store the bag loose, out of its stuff sack. Too much compression will damage the down over time.

    How to Keep Drinking Water From Freezing

    Q. I know I’m supposed to stay hydrated in winter, but when I wake up in the morning, my water is frozen! How can I prevent this?

    A. Sleep with it. Yes, I’m serious. Make sure you have a good water bottle with a strong seal. (No flimsy soda bottles in winter!) If you go to bed with a hot-water bottle, try to remember to open it after a couple of hours; otherwise, as the water chills, the bottle can start to contort from the change in temperature.

    In less frigid temperatures, you can simply bring your water bags and bottles inside your tent, where the temperature will probably be above freezing. You can also bury the water bottle in the snow (which acts as an insulator). Bury it upside-down so that any ice forms at the bottom of the container and won’t clog the mouth of the bottle. Just mark the place in the snow where you buried the water (perhaps with a ski pole or a snowshoe).

    How to Pitch a Tent in the Snow

    Q. Could you give me some advice on pitching a tent in deep snow?

    A. The trick is to make a solid surface on which to sleep. If you don’t, the snow will simply collapse underneath you, and you’ll end up sinking into it. Your body heat will melt some of the snow, your body weight will compress it, the snow will refreeze in lumps, and you’ll end up sleeping on what will probably feel like a million snow moguls.

    If the snow is deep enough to cause problems in the tent-pitching department, it’s deep enough that you’d probably be traveling on snowshoes or skis. Either can be used to tamp down the snow and make a level, compact sleeping platform: You just stomp around until you have a good, hard snowpack underfoot. It’s a great way to warm up at the end of the day.

    Make your camping area quite a bit bigger than your tent, so you can also walk around outside. You also need to carve out an area for cooking. The bare-bones backcountry kitchen is just a flat area where you can walk or sit (don’t sit directly on the snow; sit on a camping mattress to help prevent heat loss). You could probably indulge in a little snow architecture and sculpt a shelf on which to place your food and your stove. I also recommend tamping down a trail from the tent to your latrine pit, so that you can answer nature’s call in the middle of the night without putting on snowshoes. When choosing your latrine area, remember to place it where the remains won’t be obvious once the snow starts to melt.

    Once you think you’ve compacted the snow as much as you can, give it a few minutes to settle and harden, then lay out your groundcloth and lie down for a rest. If you “bed” doesn’t feel solid, repeat the process.

    -- Adapted from 

    More Everyday Wisdom: Trail-Tested Advice from the Experts by Karen Berger, The Mountaineers Books.  Original copy can be found at

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  • Kenny
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, Organizer,
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    Love to paddle.... Love to hike... Let's get out and play :0)

  • Elizabeth

    Hello! I like to paddle, backpack, car camp or kayak camp in every season.

  • Joy
    Donating Member 2015

    I love to paddle

  • Rob E.
    Donating Member 2015, 2016, Assistant Organizer

    Hi, I am Rob. I paddle about.

  • Ruth
    Donating Member 2015, 2016

    I'm Ruth. I dig kayaking and being outside.

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    Hi, I'm Kelly. I look forward to making new paddling friends and going to places I haven't... more

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