Adventuring is the outdoor club for the LGBT community in the Washington DC area. Our volunteers lead hikes year-round, and in the warmer months we do recreational bike rides too, some shorter and others longer. That's not everything though. Camping, backpacking, and canoeing are examples of some of the other things we do when we have volunteers to lead them. We're all about enjoying the outdoors and being physically active. Not sure whether an activity will be too easy or hard for you? Contact the trip leader to talk about it or come to our annual Spring or Fall Socials, our Summer Picnic, or our Holiday Party to get to know us better.
We're an all-volunteer, not-for-profit club. Usually the only costs for our activities are the trip fee ($2 for day trips or $4 for overnight trips), the sharing of driving expenses if cars are needed, and park entrance fees, if required. Each participant in an activity must sign a liability release form and also indicate on the form whether he or she is willing to be photographed. Not ready for your close-up yet? Don't worry, you're still welcome to come on our trips!
You and your friends may attend
one or many events without paying annual dues. Instead,
Adventuring Members pay-as-you-go. Your $2 trip fee
represents your dues, our “Release & Consent” waiver is
your membership application, and your membership lasts
for that trip only.
Non-dues expenses (e.g., park
entrance fees, car pool expenses, post-trip meals, etc.)
are all clearly spelled-out in the trip description.
Doing it this way allows us to make sure that no member
pays dues for more activities than they use, and every
member pays their fair share.
And although we are an LGBT group,
we put no restrictions on who may participate, apart
from requesting that you be fit or experienced enough to
complete the activity. In other words, your straight
brother and your elderly (but spry) aunt and your friend
from out-of-town are all welcome on our trips, provided
they realize most participants will be gay, lesbian,
bisexual or transgender.
These are the people who are chosen by the Trip
Leaders to make Adventuring's activities tick. Please
call them if you have any ideas, questions about our
events, hikes, rides and splashes, or if you want to
volunteer your skills.
What sorts of trips are
You name it: day
hikes; short, weekend and week-long cycling
tours; camping; cabin trips; skydiving; rafting,
sailing and canoeing; skiing and ice skating;
etc. The list is limited only by the imagination
of our trip leaders. Who are our trip leaders?
Anyone like you who proposes a trip and organizes
it. We encourage our participants to lead trips
whenever they have the urge to try something new
and adventurous, or when they aren't satisfied
with the current offering.
What don't we do?
Organized team or competitive sports, like
softball and football, and cultural excursions,
such as a museum tour or theater party. There are
other regional clubs that handle these activities
much better then we do. We define an outing as a
non-competitive outdoor activity requiring some
sort of physical exertion. The idea is to have
fun and get some exercise in the open air, not to
rack up points.
do I find out about scheduled trips?
We publish a
monthly newsletter which informs you of all
upcoming trips, events and activities with other
groups. The subscription fee is $20 a year by
postal mail, or free by email. We never sell or distribute the
addresses of our subscribers to anyone, so your privacy is
about social events?
We hold various
trip planning meetings over the course of the
year, organized by program coordinators. We also
schedule one social potluck in the spring and
fall, plus a picnic in the summer and a holiday
party in December. If you lead one or more trips,
you are invited to special dinners and retreats
held in the spring and fall.
part of IGLOO.
Adventuring is an
affiliate of IGLOO, the International
Gay and Lesbian
IGLOO has member clubs in many
US and international cities, and sponsors an
annual Jamboree, a ski weekend and a century
bicycle ride. You may contact any member of the
Adventuring committee to find out more about
other IGLOO affiliates and their activities. Here
participating in Adventuring is a great way to
meet other men and women who have similar
interests in a relaxed environment. There are no
attendance requirements—your membership lasts for the day of the
activity, and you may come and go as you please.
We exist to serve you as a member of the gay community and as a
lover of the outdoors.