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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date(s) Trip Title Leader Phone
Feb 23 (Sat) Buck Ridge-Marys Rock-Buck Hollow Hike Peter (202) 302-9606
Mar 10 (Sun) Southern Gettysburg Battlefield Hike-NEW DATE Craig (202) 462-0535
Jun 29-06 (Sat-Sat) Hiking Picos de Europa Nat. Park in Spain Joe (202) 276-5521
 

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

Buck Ridge-Marys Rock-Buck Hollow Hike
Feb 23 (Sat); Peter(202) 302-9606
This classic circuit hike, about 8 miles long with an estimated 2500 feet of elevation gain, includes one of the steepest trails in Shenandoah National Park and one of the most scenic views. We will enter from just inside the Park boundary at the base of the Blue Ridge, immediately cross two streams, ascend the very steep Buck Ridge Trail to Skyline Drive, and eventually make our way to Marys Rock on the crest of the mountain. Here we'll lunch while inhaling one of the most sweeping vistas in the entire Park. After lunch we'll retrace our steps as far as Skyline Drive, then return to our cars via the beautiful (and not-so-steep) Buck Hollow Trail.

Bring lunch, beverages, sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing and about $15 for transportation and trip fees. We will be making a pitstop at the Sheetz in Warrenton for those who wish to pick up a made-to-order sandwich for lunch. Meet at the East Falls Church Metro station at 8:30 a.m. in the small Kiss & Ride lot at North Sycamore and 19th Street, to your right as you exit the station.

Southern Gettysburg Battlefield Hike-NEW DATE
Mar 10 (Sun); Craig(202) 462-0535
(Postponed from February 17.) because of bad weather.) This year's wintertime visit to Gettysburg, co-sponsored with the Chrysalis Arts & Culture Group of Washington, will focus on the southern half of the battlefield, a maelstrom of destruction on July 2, 1863 that nearly ended with a Rebel victory. Our itinerary will cover such dramatic spots as Big and Little Round Top, Devils Den, the Slaughter Pen, the Wheatfield, Stony Hill, the Peach Orchard, and Cemetery Ridge. Our route should not be more than 6 miles long, mostly over rolling and muddy terrain. Bring beverages, lunch (there will be a Sheetz pit stop), sturdy boots, layered clothing and about $12 for transportation and trip fees. We will have dinner in town before returning to the DC area. We will carpool at 9:30 a.m. from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station.

Hiking Picos de Europa Nat. Park in Spain
Jun 29-06 (Sat-Sat); Joe(202) 276-5521
This 8-day, 7-night trip is a revival of an Adventuring tradition of hosting longer, more ambitious excursions domestically or internationally. The trip features multiple days of hiking Picos de Europa National Park in northern Spain and finishes up with coastal hikes in the area known as Green Spain. All of the accommodations, hiking routes, and luggage transfers between hotels are arranged by a tour operator that specializes in self-guided walking and biking adventures. The tour is listed as $985 per person, including shared accommodations and some meals. Airfare is additional. The hikes range in distance from about 6 to 14 miles and up to about 2000 feet of elevation gain. The length of the longer hikes, the elevation gain, and the overall itinerary of hiking 7 days in a row put this trip in the very strenuous category. Tentative dates are June 29 to July 6 but may be adjusted to fit the schedules of interested hikers. Check out the website for the tour if you want to find out more: https://www.macsadventure.com/us/tour-2377/picos-de-europa-to-the-coast#. I can't do justice to these amazing hikes in this short trip description! Once we have a small group of interested folks who have RSVP'd, we can discuss dates and logistics in greater detail and hopefully have plans finalized by mid-March. RSVPs are requested by February 28.


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

Holiday Lights of Georgetown Hike (Craig)
When we decided to inaugurate Adventuring's first-ever evening hike through Georgetown on Boxing Day, we had no idea what a fortuitous location we had chosen. Turns out our stroll coincided with the 5th annual Georgetown Glow, a holiday festival when several beautifully-lit modern art installations are scattered through the neighborhood, mostly between M Street and the Waterfront. Even before we 13 Adventurers got to the first of these installations, we heard several fascinating tales of area lore from Patrick, our own resident Georgetowner. We got to the last artworks near the Key Bridge at 7 p.m. and then tried to find a place where we could dine, but had little luck. Eventually, once our numbers had dwindled to half a dozen, we were referred by the maitre d' at Martin's to a brand-new restaurant at Wisconsin & N, the High Street Cafe. They had more than enough room for us, and we enjoyed good meals there, though they still have a few lessons to learn about running a restaurant.

The Great Cookie Hike (Craig)
A dozen Adventurers were on hand for the last hike of 2018 on a delightfully mild day. The Capital Crescent Trail was about as crowded as it gets in the winter, with walkers & joggers far outnumbering cyclists, only one of whom was going recklessly fast. Cookies were more than abundant at our traditional lunch spot, and some may actually have gone unclaimed. About the only sour note of the day was encountered at Fletcher's Boathouse, where the public restrooms were locked by the ongoing federal shutdown. We finished our 7-mile stroll precisely at 3 p.m. and then headed for the friendly confines of Mr. Smith's (nee Chadwick's) @ Wisconsin & K Street for refreshments.

Dupont Circle to National Zoo Hike (Craig)
A dozen Adventurers dragged themselves out of bed early enough on New Years Day (even before the crack of noon!) to join our Shutdown Substitute Hike to the Zoo. We somehow managed to encounter another Adventurer as he was headed down CT Avenue while we were headed up. We had plenty of company at the Zoo on an unusually mild day while we each explored it on our own. Afterwards some of us re-enacted a Keystone Kops routine as we tried to find a trail next to Rock Creek that wasn't closed by flooding. Eventually we succeeded and made our way down to Dupont Circle.

Seneca Creek State Park (MD) Hike (Joe)
Weather-wise, the timing of our winter hike for 17 Adventurers at the very pleasant Seneca Creek State Park was ideal. The winds that had made the previous day so bitter had died down, and the earliest flurries of our first big snowfall of the season held off until we had wrapped up the hike. We had a nice variety of scenery for a relatively short hike, including stretches along Seneca Creek and Clopper Lake and through a bog where our trail was a boardwalk. There was no real elevation gain, but the terrain was hilly enough to give our legs a good workout. We stopped for lunch at the boat center, where one of our hikers seriously contemplated a polar plunge. If only someone had brought a towel!

Catoctin Mountain Hike (Peter)
Five fast and sure-footed Adventurers traversed an 11.5-mile loop encompassing both Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park. The trails were alternately icy or wet (flowing water), depending on whether they were on north- or south-facing slopes. We ascended the Old Misery Trail up the ridge to Cat Rock and came down the Cat Rock Trail to do the Chimney, Wolf and Hog Rock circuit in the counterclockwise direction. The entrance to Catoctin Mountain Park was closed in the morning when we arrived (we parked across the street) but had opened by the end of the hike, reflecting the agreement to fund U.S. government operations for another three weeks. Lets hope it’s open when next we return.

Hiking Little Devils Stairs in Winter (Joe)
The weather could not have been better for the five Adventurers on the Little Devils Stairs hike. After a bitter cold snap in previous days, we had sunny skies and temperatures well into the 40s. There was still plenty of snow cover in Shenandoah, to the point that the Park Service kept Skyline Drive closed, and we needed to start at the trailhead outside the Park at the bottom of the mountain. We had what seemed like a dozen stream crossings, including ones where we were stepping on snowy and icy rocks and logs, and in one instance on solid frozen ice over the stream. Several of us had minor slips but our feet stayed dry. Overall the trail was snowy and quite beautiful in the bright sunshine. For lunch, we perched ourselves on some rocks right next to Skyline Drive and enjoyed the total absence of vehicles. The trail also featured an almost total absence of other hikers. From Skyline Drive, we had an almost continuous descent along a fire road—a welcome break from the stream crossings on the first half of our hike, and a nice workout for those less used downhill-hiking leg muscles. Here's to winter hikes!

Chester Gap-Compton Peak Hike (Peter)
Three Adventurers set on a surprisingly warm and spring-like Super Bowl Sunday to hike an easy and well groomed section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the Northern Section of Shenandoah National Park. From Chester Gap, we hiked up to Compton Peak, down a side spur to an interesting formation of hexagonal basalt columns and then back down the AT (and off on another side spur) to the Possum’s Rest overlook. The 8-mile round trip, with 1,200 feet of elevation gain, took 4 hours.

South Marshall-Big Devils Stairs Hike (Peter)
Eight Adventurers set off from the Gravel Springs Gap parking area on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park on bright and cold February day for an 8.3-mile hike with almost 1800 feet of elevation gain. We descended into the scenic Big Devil Stairs canyon, hiked back up to an outcropping that overlooks the canyon for lunch, and then hiked back up and over Skyline Drive to another overlook atop South Marshall. It was an excellent group. Everyone was fast and kept together throughout the hike.

Mount Marshall Trail-Jenkins Gap Hike (Peter)
A well-matched group of four hikers ascended to Jenkins Gap on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park via the Mt. Marshall Trail, a former carriage road that is now a lovely hiking trail. There were trees down everywhere, including many across the trail. Despite the obstacles, the group stayed together and kept up a good pace. Despite the lack of scenic viewpoints along the way, the Appalachian Mountain views seen through the leafless forest were very atmospheric. The total trip length was 12 miles, with 1,700 feet of elevation gain. It’s a trail I’d like to revisit in the spring.


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
Social Elaine Rowley (215) 510-6121‬
At Large Harris Turk (443) 415-7856
 
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