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From trailheads near and far, PePaH Campers:

- Seek quiet, wild places with great views

- Get there under human power

- Stay there overnight on trips of two days or more

- Appreciate detours and pauses: Savored experience trumps distance covered

Backpacking, mountainbike packing, kayak camping, pack rafting, snowshoeing, cross-country skiiing

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AZ: Flagstaff-Sedona easy tracks MTBPacking

Lumberyard Brewing Co

Flagstaff: Start Saturday morning, March 20, and take 4 days to do bikepacking.com's Crater and Cinder Cones Loop: https://bikepacking.com/routes/craters-cinder-cones-loop/ Plan to arrive in Flagstaff no later than Friday, March 19, and allow time to check your gear. Plenty of bike shops in town. End this loop Tuesday, March 23 at Flagstaff. Find a place to stay overnight. Flagstaff: Wednesday, March 24. Set out early on the Coconino Loop: https://bikepacking.com/routes/bikepacking-coconino-loop/ Descend about 50 miles and camp overnight on Schnebly Hill. Get up Thursday, March 25 and descend the final 10 miles into Sedona. Sedona: Thursday, March 25: Find a place to stay and spend Thursday and Friday exploring the many MTB trails around Sedona. Sedona: Saturday, March 27: Set out early on the Robbers Roost Overnighter: https://bikepacking.com/routes/robbers-roost-overnighter/ Returning to Sedona on Sunday afternoon, March 28. Sedona: Sunday, March 28: Ascend Schnebly Hill and find a campsite retracing the Coconino Loop section back toward Flagstaff. Arrive back at our starting point in Flagstaff on Monday afternoon. Flagstaff: Monday, March 29. Find a place to stay. Plan your return-home travel to happen on Tuesday, March 30. ----- This trip can easily be broken up into chunks or replaced with detours. Commit to whatever parts of it you wish. ----- For technical details, comments, maps, etc. consult the links to the bikepacking.com routes. This is mountainbike packing. Plan to be self-sufficient. These are not highly technical trails. If you are craving a challenge you satisfy it during the Sedona leg of the trip. Lots of trails to choose from there at all different skill levels. ============== LOGISTICS Nearest bike shop to our meeting point: Bici-Mundo in downtown Flagstaff. They may be able to advise about shipping & reassembling your bike. Flights to Flagstaff are available and may be as cheap as flying to Phoenix and taking a 3-hour shuttle ride. The brewery and bike shop are close to the Amtrak station, but train tickets are NOT cheaper than flying. And it takes 2.5 days. ============== You are solely responsible for your wellness while participating in any PePaH Campers group activities. You agree that you will NOT hold anyone in the group responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situations that may arise in conjunction with a PePaH Campers activity. You acknowledge that there are risks associated with participation in the activity. You agree that you are solely responsible for: 1. Providing your own gear suitable for the planned activity. 2. Knowing how to properly use your gear in any conditions that may arise in the course of the activity. 3. Knowing your physical and psychological limits and participating within those limits. 4. Being fully prepared for medical emergencies, gear failures, and weather situations that may happen in the course of the activity. 5. Providing to the group's activity leader mobile phone and/or email contact information of a person you wish to be contacted in case of emergency. 6. Providing to the group's activity leader your mobile phone and email contact information. 7. Notifying other group members if you do not wish to have your photograph posted on any MeetUp site or other social media site. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

VA/WV: Bucktail-Halfmoon Loop

Bucktail parking

No advanced MTB skills required. If you are comfortable backpacking and riding a mountain bike, you'll be fine. Some commuter panniers might not be up to the vibration of unpaved trails. Strap a bag on your handlebars. A seatpost pack is nice. I got an Ortlieb at REI for about $130. Revelate makes good stuff. But you don't have to have one. Put whatever else you need to camp in a 30- to 70-L overnight backpack. Here's a pic of a set-up that I use: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d9U3mMc3rMCD5Gre9 Friday, April 23 at 7:00 pm. Meet at the Bucktail parking area in the George Washington National Forest. This is just under 4 miles SW of Wardensville, WV. See the location tab below this description box. Ride SE for about 1000' on the trail. Then follow it N to NE for maybe a mile. There's a wide flat camping area on the left that will accommodate numerous tents. We camp here. Saturday, April 24 at 9:00 am. We can decide to keep camp set up here or pack up and camp somewhere else for Saturday night. The route is a loop, so we will be coming back this way. If you are worried about your gear encumbering you on the trail, keeping camp set up here will be a good idea. Continue NE then SW on Bucktail for 2.8 miles. Pedal SSE on Bucktail Trail Road for 1200'. Walk bikes SSE then SW 0.8 miles up German Wilson Trail. Pedal WSW 0.3 miles on Halfmoon Lookout Trail to the lookout. Pedal back 0.8 miles on Halfmoon Lookout Trail. Pedal N to W to SW 3.8 miles on Halfmoon trail. This is a very fun descent down a single track that requires only rudimentary MTB experience. Enough of a grade to be fun but not too steep. Much of the trail opens up to double track. Pedal NW on Bucktail Cutoff Trail. This starts single track but widens to double. It will ultimately take us back to the trailhead. Total mileage: 12.6 Here is a website that summarizes this route. It includes links to trail maps: https://sites.google.com/site/bradleehess/mountain-bike-packing Check the weather for Wardensville, WV. Bring a mask. We will maintain distance but trail traffic, campfires, or trouble-shooting situation might force us to stay in proximity where a wearing a mask would be de rigeur. If you ride a lot, covering 12.6 miles will seem like not very much distance. If you want to ride more, there are plenty of trails you can venture out on alone or with others from the group. But the group is committed just to the 12.6 mile loop. Plenty of ride options for the balance of Saturday and for Sunday morning before heading back home. ============== You are solely responsible for your wellness while participating in any PePaH Campers group activities. You agree that you will NOT hold anyone in the group responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situations that may arise in conjunction with a PePaH Campers activity. You acknowledge that there are risks associated with participation in the activity. You agree that you are solely responsible for: 1. Providing your own gear suitable for the planned activity. 2. Knowing how to properly use your gear in any conditions that may arise in the course of the activity. 3. Knowing your physical and psychological limits and participating within those limits. 4. Being fully prepared for medical emergencies, gear failures, and weather situations that may happen in the course of the activity. 5. Providing to the group's activity leader mobile phone and/or email contact information of a person you wish to be contacted in case of emergency. 6. Providing to the group's activity leader your mobile phone and email contact information. 7. Notifying other group members if you do not wish to have your photograph posted on any MeetUp site or other social media site. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

NH: Howker Ridge Loop Backpacking

Gorham

Full description in this Section Hiker piece, including map: https://sectionhiker.com/backpacking-white-mountain-4000-footers-guidebook/backpacking-the-howker-ridge-loop/ Note: Campsites are likely to require pitching a tent on a wood platform. We will likely not camp in the shelters marked on the map but rather in our own tents, hammocks, or bivvies. Getting there: 9-hour drive Thursday evening from University Park, MD to Gorham, NH. Stay the night at Top Notch Inn or Northern Peaks Inn. Both for about $100. There's a Quality Inn there too, but I prefer to avoid chains. Drive 2 miles west to the trailhead. Section Hiker lists this as an 18-mile loop and recommends camping 2 nights. We are planning on 3 nights because there is a lot to see and plenty of separate smaller loop trails on which to detour. It will also allow for a more leisurely pace. Get back to the trailhead by 10 am Monday and drive back home, returning about 9 pm. Photo credit: FredlyFish4 ============== You are solely responsible for your wellness while participating in any PePaH Campers group activities. You agree that you will NOT hold anyone in the group responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situations that may arise in conjunction with a PePaH Campers activity. You acknowledge that there are risks associated with participation in the activity. You agree that you are solely responsible for: 1. Providing your own gear suitable for the planned activity. 2. Knowing how to properly use your gear in any conditions that may arise in the course of the activity. 3. Knowing your physical and psychological limits and participating within those limits. 4. Being fully prepared for medical emergencies, gear failures, and weather situations that may happen in the course of the activity. 5. Providing to the group's activity leader mobile phone and/or email contact information of a person you wish to be contacted in case of emergency. 6. Providing to the group's activity leader your mobile phone and email contact information. 7. Notifying other group members if you do not wish to have your photograph posted on any MeetUp site or other social media site. Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver.

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