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*Events and Announcements listed below are subject to change and/or cancellation. Check the web site or contact the trip leader for a trip to determine if it has been cancelled or rescheduled.

Adventuring is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization serving the gay and lesbian community in the Washington area. Its purpose is to encourage and publicize group outdoor activities. If you are a trip leader, please update your trip descriptions and announcements in the Adventuring web database for the upcoming month no later than the 20th of the previous month.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date(s) Trip Title Leader Phone
May 01 (Sun) Trillium Hike Craig (202) 462-0535
May 08 (Sun) NW Murals & Rock Creek Hike (Rescheduled) Jay (415) 203-7498
Jun 17-21 (Fri-Tue) Hiking Dolly Sods (WV) Extended Weekend Harris (443) 415-7856
 

Important Information: Liability: Adventuring is a not-for-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers. The activities sponsored by Adventuring are cooperative in nature; individuals participate at their own risk and with the understanding that trip leaders are not experts. The Adventuring organization and its individual volunteers take no responsibility and disclaim any liability for accident or injury associated with its activities. Trip Fees: In order to support the operation of its program, Adventuring assesses a trip fee of $2 per participant for day trips and $4 for trips longer than a day. Trip fees are payable to the trip leader on or by the date of the activity. Transportation Fees: Trip leaders may assess a transportation fee to reimburse drivers for the expense of group carpools. This fee is calculated at the rate of 30 cents per mile per vehicle and is divided among the carpooling participants.


TRIP DETAILS

Trillium Hike
May 01 (Sun); Craig(202) 462-0535
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS HIKE: To go on this hike you must purchase in advance a $4 daily Virginia Wildlife Management Area access permit (unless you already have a currently valid Virginia hunting, fishing, or boat license). You can obtain the permit immediately if you purchase it online and then print it. Here's the website for purchasing the permit: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/horf/. You must have a copy of the permit with you on the hike.


This moderate one-way hike of around 8 miles with about 1000 feet of ascent is in Virginia's Thompson Wildlife Management Area on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Shenandoah National Park. This area has been known for nearly a century as one of the densest concentrations of trilliums in the eastern part of the country, though a scientific explanation remains elusive. When the estimated 27 million trilliums are in bloom, it's an impressive display. Trip fee and transportation (for non-drivers) will be about $10. Pack a lunch and something to drink. Bug spray and sunscreen are always a good idea, too. This hike requires a car shuttle; those persons who will need a ride and anyone who can drive should inform the trip leader when RSVPing. Meet in the East Falls Church Metro Station Kiss & Ride Lot (to your right as you exit the station) at 9 a.m.

NW Murals & Rock Creek Hike (Rescheduled)
May 08 (Sun); Jay(415) 203-7498
(This hike has been rescheduled because of a death in the family of our trip leader.) Join us for a spring adventure in the city where we'll take in a few of the city's coolest murals. This 6.5-mile urban trek will start near Logan Circle, take us to Columbia Heights, then through a section of Rock Creek Park (where we'll lunch), and finally up into Tenleytown. The eight murals we'll see along the way include works by well-known local and national artists, a splash of LGBT and neighborhood history, and art that's meant to inspire action. We'll take a pit stop in the middle, but otherwise our only stops will be the murals. Please bring 1-2 liters of water, snacks, lunch, sensible walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and the $2 trip fee. Meet at the corner of 14th and P NW in front of Dolcezza Coffee Shop, 1421 14th Street NW, at 10 a.m. Our one-way journey will end at the Tenleytown Metro station.

Hiking Dolly Sods (WV) Extended Weekend
Jun 17-21 (Fri-Tue); Harris(443) 415-7856
Let’s take this opportunity to rent a no-smoking lux vacation home in West Virginia's beautiful Canaan Valley, just a short walk away from a main trail in the magnificent Dolly Sods Wilderness, for an extended weekend at the very beginning of summer. This Adventuring field trip begins as early as Friday afternoon June 17 and can extend over four nights through Tuesday morning June 21, though drivers and passengers may coordinate a shorter outing. I will be leading hikes in Dolly Sods on the 18th and 19th. What I need now are ten of you to sign up, give me a $76 deposit check for lodging by May 16th, and indicate if you are willing to drive. I will refund everyone’s deposit in full if we don’t have sufficient interest. I estimate the total cost for lodging, transportation, and Adventuring fee for our extended weekend to be (respectively) $76 + $35 + $4 = $115. There will be at least one potluck dinner/cookout. Please make your $76 deposit check payable to "Harris Turk" and mail it to: 1214 William Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Here's the description of our lodging: A fabulous, multi-level home directly on the mountainside, with picture windows highlighting the mountain cliff views of the entire Canaan Valley. "The Pinnacle" is a spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with extra loft, large decks on each level and secluded indoor hot tub with full window views off the back deck. Ideally located beside the famous and high panoramic trails of Dolly Sods, it has 2 queens, 1 double, 2 twins, 1 bunkbed, 1 twin day bed in loft and queen sleep sofa. Also includes wet bar including mini-fridge, sink, blender and game room area. There's a wood-burning fireplace with wood stove insert in main living room and a wood-burning stove (wood provided) in basement, with DISHTV, DVD, WiFi, W/D. Nonsmoking. Sleeps up to 13.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Team DC Promotes LGBT Sports in DC Area
Team DC is a charitable organization providing information on the many LGBT sports and recreation groups in the Washington DC area, educating the LGBT community on the benefits of individual and team sports participation, and working within the broader community to dispel discrimination against LGBT people participating in sports. You can subscribe to their Sportsgram or find out more about LGBT sports and recreation in the DC area by visiting the Team DC website: teamdc.org

Pick the Place—Set the Pace—Be the Face
Have you ever wanted to be the one who decides where Adventuring goes? Have you ever thought, “I would like to set the pace?” Have you thought, “More people like me should be on this trip.” Become a Trip Leader, and you can pick the place, set the pace AND be the new face of Adventuring!

Adventuring’s volunteer Trip Leaders hone leadership skills while having fun with friends. Trip Leaders share practical tips with each other while serving Adventuring’s unique mission—opening up the Great Outdoors to the LGBT community!

Becoming a Trip Leader is easy and free. Contact the Program Coordinator in your area of interest listed at http://www.adventuring.org/about.htm , or simply contact Keith Bennett at keithbennettsmail@gmail.com. You can also contact any one on our Operations Committee listed at http://www.adventuring.org/about.htm.

Adventuring will pair you with a current Trip Leader with similar interests, and the two of you will plan and conduct your first Adventure together. Once you are comfortable with the process—then you get to pick the place, set the pace and be the new face of Adventuring!

Adventuring Joining w/ Capital Climbers
Adventuring announces its partnership with the Capital Climbers (formerly known as the DC Rock Jocks). At a recent Team DC Holiday party, leaders of both Adventuring and the Rock Jocks agreed to work together in 2015 on ways that would mutually benefit both groups. The idea is during the winter months (and beyond) Adventuring would encourage its members who are interested in learning and/or getting in shape for rock climbing to join their frequently scheduled "Open Climbs" or take an "Intro to Rock Climbing" course with their members at two of the DC area rock climbing gyms. The Rock Jocks have planned some of their own outdoor rock climbing trips in the past but were excited at the idea of joining future Adventuring trips benefiting from our carpool coordination experience. In the spring, Adventuring will begin offering outdoor rock climbing trips planned by our very own Dale Stevick who is also a member of the DC Rock Jocks. Both groups have committed to promote each others activities through their websites and social media.

Adventuring recommends that those Adventurers who have expressed interest in our upcoming trips, get in touch with the DC Rock Jocks to learn and practice with them indoors and obtain the proper equipment needed for our future outdoor climbs. Please contact Dale with Adventuring or Bryan Yamasaki with the DC Jocks for more information.

Information on the weekly Open Climbs at Earth Treks climbing center (www.earthtreks.com) in Rockville, Maryland.

DC Rock Jocks climb every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Bryan says that as long as people can metro out to the gym (one county block from the Rockville Metro Station), then there is a high possibility that one of our climbers that drives and lives in DC will be able to carpool 1-4 people back with them. Also their is a Sunday Open Climb from 2:00pm-5:00pm....maybe until 6:00pm followed by grabbing food, usually Chipotle or cheap Chinese food.

Cost:
$22.00 - Day Pass

$05.00 - Harness Rental

$05.00 - Shoe Rental

To reduce costs, Livingsocial has this:
https://www.livingsocial.com/…/1297072-three-hour-introduct…

The Sportrock group of DC Rock Jocks (at the rock climbing center in Alexandria, VA) has selected Wednesday evenings as their meet up time for Open Climbing with majority of the members arriving between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. J Aron Hinson, Jonathan Plante, Ben Smith are regular attendees and good people to get to know.

The DC Rock Jocks are hoping to plan two intro rock climbing classes for Adventuring soon. The cost of the one at Earth Treks climbing center in Rockville would be $39 per person but there could be a discount if 10 – 15 people sign up. The cost of the one at Sportrock climbing center in Alexandria would be $35 per person which covers the total cost of the $18 entrance/$10 shoes and harness rental, plus a free pass to come back to climb and take your belay certification test. For more information about Earth Treks in Rockville contact Bryan Yamasaki at 240-603-2215 or more information at Sportrock in Alexandria contact Aron Hinson at 504-704-7091. Adventurers who are interested should link to the following Rock Jocks survey and submit so they can measure your interest level:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uiu69KVqv_6IwraGMTC7AkNmwXtugmXYw9K7MdIEr8M/viewform?c=0&w=1

Make ROCK CLIMBING of your New Year's Resolutions. Use these winter months to prepare along with our friends at the DC Rock Jocks!


PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS

Whiteoak Canyon-Cedar Run Hike (Jay)
The waterfalls along Whiteoak Canyon and Cedar Run were flowing nicely, and while it doesn't quite look like spring in Shenandoah yet, the weather and conditions were with us: Cloudy skies and warm temperatures, and no treacherous ice along the trail. As a group, we all traveled at about the same pace and kept together well. We had a great lunch break along the Whiteoak Canyon Trail and stopped at all of the prettiest cascades and waterfalls to catch our breath, snap some photos and enjoy the scenery. After the hike, eight of us made our way to Northside 29 for a hearty meal and good conversation.

Balls Bluff (VA) Battlefield Walking Tou (Mike; Craig)
Ten Adventurers gathered at Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Park near Leesburg, VA on a very pleasant spring day with a nice gentle breeze, which made for an ideal day to hike. The forest still had the look of winter, and the leaves and flowers were in the early stages of blooming. We did see some a few barely-emerging bluebells and what appeared to be white violets.

Craig gave us a very fascinating and informative history of the Civil War battle which took place here in October 1861, a study in how not to fight a battle. Despite having nearly 10 times the troops of the Confederacy in the surrounding area, the small Union force actually here was decisively beaten because of poor planning and leadership. Craig’s detailed description of the positions and strategies of the two opposing forces really brought the battle back to life as we visualized the movements and struggles that took place.

There is a very interesting military cemetery on the site, with the remains of some Union troops killed in action here. It is one of the smallest national cemeteries in the country and is meticulously maintained.

The main drama of the hike was our fording of a deceptively small stream that appeared to be about 5 feet wide and very shallow. Unfortunately, as we started to cross, one of our members mis-stepped and sunk into mud that seemed to be bottomless. Once we finally got through this obstacle, the hike proceeded with a pleasant stroll back to the parking lot. Total length of our stroll was probably around 3 miles, with some steep sections along the way, and took us about 3 hours.

Signal Knob Circuit Hike (Rescheduled) (Jerry C.)
The weather was close to perfect. The high winds that had started the night before had diminished by the time we began the hike. Views of the Shenandoah Valley and Fort Valley were great since the trees hadn't leafed out yet. The trip leader (yours truly) hiked at a decidedly leisurely pace (especially after the trip leader's elbow had an unfortunate encounter with his walking stick), while the three others patiently waited for their "leader" at every trail junction. This 10.7 mile hike is both scenic and a very respectable workout.

South River Falls Hike in Shenadoah NP (Jireh A. & Bill H.)
Eight Adventurers braved a surreal spring day, peppered not only with record-breaking lows due to the last gasp of the polar vortex, but also with early blooming wildflowers, snow showers, sunshine and wind chill. But it was all worth it. Bundled up with hats and gloves, we were warmed by the intermittent sun and protected most of the time from wind by ridges.

Our 10.5-mile hike covered areas in both Shenandoah National Park and the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area near Stanardsville, Virginia. We began at the South River Picnic Area just north of Swift Run Gap. After a steep descent and a couple of rain drainage crossings, we arrived at the South River Falls overlook (83'-high falls, 3rd largest in the Shenandoah National Park) for an impressive view of the falls. Then we proceeded down to the base of the falls and its gorgeous pool and ate our lunches there. We were surprised to see the beautiful trillium wildflowers in bloom at the base. Next we followed the Pocosin Horse Trail, passing the South River Cemetery, the Upper Pocosin Mission ruins and PATC's Pocosin Cabin. After some breath-catching switchbacks, we reached the summit of Bald Face Mountain with a vista view of the west. A group of migrating scarlet tanagers had just arrived a few weeks early for breeding season and were foraging for insects on the forest floor under some oak trees. We finished the hike via the Appalachian Trail for two miles back to the South River Picnic Area. Half our party stopped for dinner at our favorite Warrenton-area restaurant, the Northside 29 Diner, for cocktails and good eats before returning to the East Falls Church Metro.


ADVENTURING COMMITTEE CONTACTS
President Jeff Hughes (301) 775-9660
Secretary Brett Ferber (703) 914-1439
Treasurer John Cybulski (703) 914-1439
Membership Karen McGinn (703) 395-3962
Publicity Bill Horten (443) 244-5495
 
ADVENTURING PROGRAM COORDINATORS
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.
     
Woods Coordinator: Other Coordinator:
Craig Howell (202) 462-0535 Jerry Cowden (703) 920-6871