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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date(s) Trip Title Leader Phone
Sep 30 (Sat) Neighbor Mountain-Jeremys Run Hike Jackson (410) 422-9257
Oct 01 (Sun) Volunteers Needed - Adventuring Tent at NoVA Pride Bill Horten
Oct 01 (Sun) Pocosin Hollow Hike Craig (202) 462-0535
Oct 14 (Sat) Strickler Knob-Duncan Knob Circuit Hike Peter (202) 302-9606
 

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

Neighbor Mountain-Jeremys Run Hike
Sep 30 (Sat); Jackson(410) 422-9257
Nestled in the mighty bosoms of Knob Mountain and Neighbor Mountain in northern Shenandoah National Park, the spectacular Jeremys Run features numerous pools, cascades, rock outcrops and glens. This trail weaves around the stream with more than a dozen crossings--enough to satisfy the most Adventurous soul!

We will first stroll along the crest of Neighbor Mountain, where magnificent views await the tenacious hiker. After our descent into the valley, we will rendezvous with Jeremys Run, which will be our escort in the return journey.

This is a very strenuous hike, suitable only for experienced hikers in good aerobic shape. The total length is 14.4 miles, with 2600 feet of elevation gain. Bring plenty of water, lunch, bug spray, sturdy and preferably waterproof footwear, and about $20 for transportation and trip fees. With the numerous stream crossings, there is the possibility of getting our feet wet, so prepare accordingly (extra socks and additional post-hike change of shoes are highly recommended). While we should finish before sundown, it is a good idea to bring along a headlamp if you have one, just in case. The regular Sheetz stop will provide the opportunity to get your lunch and supplies. On the way home, we may stop for dinner. Meet at 8:30 a.m. to form our carpool in the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot. Because of the duration of the hike, we may not return until after dark.

Volunteers Needed - Adventuring Tent at NoVA Pride
Oct 01 (Sun); Bill Horten
Bill Horten will be leading the volunteers at the Adventuring LGBT Outdoors Club area shared with our partner Team DC at the fourth annual Northern Virginia Pride Festival coming up soon. https://www.novapride.org/festival/

We could use your help in several ways. First, we could use your help to set up at the table at 10:30 am and use some others to be at the table and chat with festival goers between 12 noon and 6 pm. Also during that time we could use some hikers with backpacks or walking sticks to pass out our flyers in the main vendor area and encourage festival goers to visit our tent in outdoor/sports area on the other side of the main stage. We ask that you have been at least on one hike or bike ride with Adventuring in order for you to talk to others about our group.

Wanna help us? You can sign up for a two hour shift. We would like two volunteers to work each shift. Also, we are in need of borrowing the following for the day of the festival- bicycles, canoe, kayak, camping and hiking equipment etc. for our display area.

Pocosin Hollow Hike
Oct 01 (Sun); Craig(202) 462-0535
This is a very strenuous hike in the south-central portion of Shenandoah National Park that Adventuring hasn't done in years, if not decades. Beginning from Pocosin Cabin near Skyline Drive, we'll first head down Pocosin Hollow, an area spotted with ruins of abandoned farms and homesteads and featuring several potentially interesting stream crosings. At the base of the mountain we'll leave the Park, head north along a state road near the pretty Conway River back into the Park, and find the lower end of the Slaughter Trail. Then we'll huff and puff our way back up the Blue Ridge to Skyline Drive just south of Bearfence Mountain. Total length of this U-shaped, not-quite-circuit hike is about 10.5 miles, with roughly 2700 feet of elevation gain on our return leg. Bring plenty of beverages, lunch, sturdy boots, bug spray, about $20 for fees and money for dinner on the way home. We'll carpool at 8:30 a.m. from the East Falls Church Metro Station Kiss & Ride lot and presumably won't return until after dark. Experienced, aerobically fit hikers only, please.

Strickler Knob-Duncan Knob Circuit Hike
Oct 14 (Sat); Peter(202) 302-9606
This strenuous hike in the George Washington National Forest involves a a rock scramble or two and great views of the Massanutten Range and the Shenandoah Valley from the overlooks at Strickler Knob and Duncan Knob. The 10-mile circuit hike with approximately 2100 feet of elevation gain is for experienced hikers only. Bring plenty of water (at least 3 liters), lunch, bug spray, sunscreen and about $15 for transportation and trip fees.

We'll meet at 8:30 a.m. in the East Falls Church Metro Station Kiss & Ride lot to form our carpool. We will stop at a Sheetz along the way to the trailhead, where you can buy made-to-order sandwiches for lunch. The drive to the trailhead will take about 2 hours, and the hike itself should take about 6 hours. We likely will get back to East Falls Church between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.



Meet at 8:300 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot.


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 any one on our Program Coordinators (either Woods Coordinator or Other Coordinator) 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!

New Partnership with REI
Adventuring – LGBT Outdoors Club announced their decision to partner with recreational retailer REI for some joint special activities throughout 2016. Adventuring and REI kicked off their new partnership during the week after Capital Pride 2016 in Washington, DC with two great adventures right here in our Nation’s Capital. The DC BYOBike Tour was held on Wednesday, June 15th and the DC Monuments Sunset Kayak Tour was held on Friday, June 17th. More details and photos can be found on the Adventuring.org website or our Meetup and Facebook pages. Adventuring also held a Summer Happy Hour at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garden on Thursday, August 18th. We look forward to holding more of these co-promoted events in the future.

Capital Climbers
Adventuring continues it's partnership with the Capital Climbers (LGBT rock climbing group) http://www.capitalclimbers.com/ that began in 2015. One of the highlights of this partnership is the annual Big Meadows/Meteor Shower Weekend held in Shenandoah National Park in early August. The Capital Climbers reserve campground spaces while Adventuring reserves a block of rooms at Big Meadows Lodge which members from each group are welcome to stay at either location. Adventuring plans two days of hiking along the SNP trails while the Capital Climbers set out to scramble the face of Stony Man summit. In the evening they come together at the lodge for drinks at the Tap Room, dinner in the dining room and a late night hike to the meadows to view the annual Perseid meteor shower.


PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS

Cunningham Falls-Catoctin Mountain Hike (Jackson)
(This trip was postponed to August 5 because of predicted rains. Here is Jackson's trip report for what he substituted on July 29, an 11-mile hike on Catoctin Mountain.)

For a hike put together and posted in less than 24 hours, this last-minute replacement was quite a success by many measures. For one, we avoided the rains elsewhere in the area for a mostly dry day at Catoctin, with remaining precipitation wrung out of the departing stratiform clouds while we were well sheltered inside our car. For another, it was an uncharacteristically cool summer day, with temperatures low enough for us to comfortably prance through the palette of Catoctin overlooks but not so frosty that we had to snuggle inside our jackets. It was still in the afternoon that four Adventurers returned home, a mission well accomplished for an adventure on so short a notice.

Whiteoak Canyon-Robertson Mountain Hike (Jackson)
The one-week postponement of this hike because of inclement weather proved to be an excellent decision. For one thing, the weather was outstanding, a stark contrast to last week's: a cloudless day with low humidity and cool temperatures throughout the hike. For another, all four Adventurers demonstrated remarkable tenacity in this extremely strenuous hike, notwithstanding the underestimation in the hike description by 1.3 miles in distance and 900 feet in elevation gain. And it was a pleasant solitude, away from the throngs of Whiteoak Canyon and Old Rag, that we Adventurers savored atop Robertson Mountain while recounting the three separate encounters we had with the same juvenile bear on the way up. This bear, clearly not a responsible hiker, was witnessed skulking between the trees, trampling over the undergrowth, and defecating near the trail. Leaving this delinquent behind, we made it back to East Falls Church Metro with daylight to spare.

Blackberry Ice Cream Hike & Splash (Craig)
A dozen Adventurers made good time down from our parking lot at the the Hughes River Gap via the Nicholson Hollow Trail to historic Corbin Cabin in ideal, almost autumnal weather. After lunch here, we proceeded further downhill until our advance scouting party discovered a gorgeous swimming hole on the Hughes River, where one of us actually went swimming despite the chilly water temperature. After practicing our Dynamic Lolllygagging (TM) skills here a while, we turned around and soon caught the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail to take us up to Skyline Drive, which turned out to be a bit of a slog. When we reached the Drive and the nearby Appalachian Trail, we thought the day's ups-and-downs were over. No such luck, as the AT rose and fell a lot more on its way back to our parking lot than we had expected from the maps. The hike took longer than anticipated, so there was no room for us when we arrived at Skyland at prime dinnertime. But at least we were able to get some blackberry ice cream to go. Most of us then had a delightful dinner at an Irish pub in Warrenton.

Austin/Furnace Mountain Hike-NEW DATE (Peter)
After delaying the hike by one day to avoid all-day rain, seven Adventurers set out on a perfect late summer day to hike one of the loveliest and most scenic trails in Shenandoah National Park. Departing from Browns Gap in the southern section of the Park, our group hiked a short distance on the Appalachian Trail before turning onto the Austin Mountain Trail and the long descent to Madison Run. The many intermittent views afforded by the broken rock slopes along the way did not disappoint. After an easy stream crossing and lunch, we began the long slog up to the viewpoints at Furnace Mountain and Blackrock Summit (among the nicest views in the Park) and then back along the AT to Browns Gap. We hiked a little more than thirteen miles and climbed a total of nearly 2800 feet. After eight hours of hiking, we stopped for dinner at Giovanna's in Madison. We arrived just under the wire, minutes before their kitchen was scheduled to stop taking orders. The food was good, satisfying and cheap. What more can one ask for?

Old Town Alexandria-National Harbor Hike (Craig)
Two dozen Adventurers showed up on a pluperfect Labor Day for a thorough workout, a history lesson or two, and great scenic views. After zig-zagging through Old Town, we arrived for lunch at Jones Point Park precisely at noon. Our subsequent march across the Wilson Bridge was punctuated by a sighting of an eagle overhead on the MD end (not unexpected, since the area is an eagle sanctuary). We landed at National Harbor around 2:30. The water taxi back to Alexandria gave us a wonderful view of the handsome U.S. Coast Guard cutter "Eagle," which had just docked there. I was the only one who stuck around to check out the new MGM Hotel/Casino complex nearby. Much to my surprise, I was favorably impressed. But no Cher sightings, one of the day's few disappointments.

Big Schloss Hike (Peter)
Eleven Adventurers set out for Big Schloss in the George Washington National Forest along the Virginia-West Virginia border on a perfect late summer / early fall day. Our group was remarkably well matched. We stayed together on the trail throughout the entire 13-mile trek, including 2300 feet of climbing. It has been a great summer for Adventuring, with weekend after weekend of Northern California weather -- cool and dry -- in our local mountains. Let's hope that fall will be just as good.

C&O Canal @ Cumberland (MD) Hike (Craig)
Seven Adventurers found their way to the western terminus of the C&O Canal next to the historic railroad station and Canal Visitor Center. Our downstream hike began next to the re-watered Canal basin, where we admired a beautiful Irish Cross honoring the Irish workers who died while helping to construct the Canal. Our hike's highlight was a detour onto a new trail that crossed the Potomac into WV and immediately took us through a re-purposed railroad tunnel that was about a fifth of a mile long. This tunnel was quite intriguing: It was smoothly paved and even lit for much of its length, the exposed rock walls looked like a miniature Luray Caverns complete with incipient stalagmites, and water poured down in several spots both along the walls and upon our heads. It even sported some political slogans to pique the interest of future generations. We lunched at the shortest (and perhaps buggiest) aqueduct on the Canal before returning to our base and dining on seafood at Canal Place.

Whiteoak Canyon-Robertson Mountain Hike (Jackson)
It may have been a repeat, but it was no less successful than before. Despite the formidable difficulty, nine Adventurers completed the entire Whiteoak Canyon—Robertson Mountain hike. Even though challenged with stifling humidity, all of us topped Robertson Mountain the true (i.e., hard) way, earning for ourselves bragging rights of having conquered what is arguably the steepest trail in Shenandoah. We made it back to our cars under rapidly dusking skies, and headed for a much-deserved dinner at the faithful Northside 29, where Fish Reubens awaited.


ADVENTURING COMMITTEE CONTACTS
President Jeff Hughes (301) 775-9660
Secretary Jackson Tan (410) 422-9257
Treasurer Peter Redding (202) 352-4796
Membership Jireh Aki (562) 810-4411
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