P.O. Box 23655, Washington, D.C. 20026 www.adventuring.org

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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
Feb 07 (Sat) Fort Circle Trail Hike Brett F. (703) 914-1439
Feb 14 (Sat) Petersburg (VA) Battlefield-NEW DATE Craig (202) 462-0535
 

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

Fort Circle Trail Hike
Feb 07 (Sat); Brett F.(703) 914-1439
The Fort Circle Trail traverses a chain of forested hilltop parks in the southeast portion of DC. Maintained by the National Park Service, the trail occasionally follows park roads but is mostly unpaved. We will start at the Anacostia Metro station and head uphill to the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum. After a quick break and rendezvous there, we'll pick up the Fort Circle Trail, passing Forts Stanton and Davis on our way to our lunch spot in Fort Dupont Park. After that, we’ll hit Forts Chaplin and Mahan, and take a peek at the nifty memorial that marks the beginning of the new Marvin Gaye Trail on our way to the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station.

Part One of our hike (7.6 miles) will then end; at this point, folks can either take Metro back home, or continue on to Part Two of our hike, a pleasant 3 mile walk along the banks of the Anacostia River back to the Anacostia Metro.

Our start time will be 9:30. We will meet at the surface entrance to the Anacostia Metro Station. Bring a bag lunch, beverages, and the $2 trip fee, and dress in layers.

Getting there / Meetup Poll: Last time, some folks chose to arrive by Metro, some drove and parked in the Anacostia Metro parking garage which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Metro entrance, and others drove and met us at the Museum. For planning purposes, please answer the Meetup poll questions (or contact the trip leader directly) and let him know how you plan to join us.

Petersburg (VA) Battlefield-NEW DATE
Feb 14 (Sat); Craig(202) 462-0535
(Rescheduled from January 24.) The Siege of Petersburg was the longest siege in American military history, starting in mid-June 1864 and lasting until April 2, 1865, when Confederates abandoned both Petersburg and Richmond after Union Army Commander U. S. Grant finally snapped Robert E. Lee's overextended defensive lines. The National Park Service maintains a wonderful trail system through the eastern front of the siege lines, which we'll explore today in a trip co-sponsored with the Chrysalis Arts & Culture Group. The July 1864 Battle of the Crater and the March 1865 Battle of Fort Stedman will receive particular attention. Total length of our easy walking tour will not exceed 5 miles over mostly level or gently rolling wooded terrain. We'll carpool at 9 a.m. from the King Street Metro Station; meet inside by the station attendant's kiosk. Bring lunch and beverages to enjoy on the trails, plus the $2 Adventuring trip fee and about $17 for your carpool driver. We'll probably stop for dinner in Fredericksburg on the way home, so don't make any evening plans.


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 with Rock Jocks
Adventuring announces its partnership with the RainbowClimbingDC group better 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

Lake Fairfax-Colvin Run Mill Hike (Craig)
10 Adventurers enjoyed a long hike (10.5 miles) on a short winter's day through some very wooded areas of Fairfax County. The trails were mostly level or on gently rolling terrain; as expected, there were some muddy stretches, especially when we were near Colvin Run. But by far our biggest problem all day was lousy signage, starting with getting to and finding our way around the parking garage for the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station. The signage problem peaked inside Lake Fairfax Park, where we took several wrong turns because of missing, misleading or mislabeled signs. Once we were outside the Park on the final leg to Colvin Run Mill, we encountered no problems at all. We spent 45 minutes at the Mill for lunch and for snooping around the good stuff inside their historic General Store, a relic of the 1920s, prices included. (Where else can you get nickel candy anymore?) We made good time on our return to Metro, now that we knew which turns to take (or avoid). We noticed a lot more cyclists on the trails in the afternoon than in the morning, no doubt reflecting the milder temperatures.

Winter Solstice Poetry Hike (Craig; Chris)
Has it really been 17 years since we’ve started having these hikes marking the Winter Solstice? New and old faces keep this celebration of the onset of winter and a new year fresh and interesting and far from growing stale. This year the weather helped as a chilly grey morning evolved into a sunny and bright afternoon. And the trails of Sugarloaf always yield the same familiar appeal and the same great views. (Thank you, Stronghold Corporation, for sharing your land!) Sixteen Adventurers took part in this year’s walk, shortened a bit because the shortage of parking at the base of the mountain forced us to begin from the upper parking lot. At White Rocks, we overlooked the Potomac while we lunched and read poems. These varied from old chestnuts by Wordsworth and Whitman, to contemporary odes to winter, to an original arctic chant (ayaya?) by one of our company. At the cairn we once again deposited our rocks, representing the shedding of the “baggage” of 2014. At the summit we seemed a quiet group on a quiet day, pausing for pictures and great views before descending the old stone steps to our cars. Some things get better with age. Next year, join us on the adventure!

Riverbend Park to Greats Falls (VA) Hike (Craig)
2015 got off to a great start as 52 Adventurers shattered our all-time record hike attendance of 41, set just last New Years Day on the MD side of Great Falls. Weather was sunny though brisk and breezy at first, but the winds calmed down as the day progressed, much to our relief. We reached the Falls in just 45 minutes and spent about the same amount of time lunching at the overlooks while admiring the skillful kayakers making their runs through the Falls. Our return leg was more adventurous than planned, as the closure of some old trails forced us to discover some new ones that were plenty interesting in their own right. One of these trails, for example, has been named the Madison Escape Trail in recognition of the ignominious flight of James & Dolley Madison through what is now Riverbend Park on their way to Conns Ferry. Here the Madisons re-crossed to the north side of the Potomac after they had fled to the Old Dominion when the Brits burned the White House during the War of 1812. Our whole expedition only took 3 hours, time exceptionally well spent.


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