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

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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.


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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!

New Partnership with REI
Adventuring – LGBT Outdoors Club is excited to announce their decision to partner with recreational retailer REI for some joint special activities throughout the year. Adventuring and REI will kick 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 will be held on Wednesday, June 15th and the DC Monuments Sunset Kayak Tour will be held on Friday, June 17th. More details can be found on the Adventuring.org website or our Meetup and Facebook pages, with a link to REI’s registration website where the required prepayment can be made. Adventuring will also be holding a Summer Happy Hour at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garden on Thursday, August 18th. Attendance to these events requires payment in advance online – no additional Adventuring trip fees are needed for these special activities since REI will be donating the proceeds of each activity to Adventuring. For descriptions, costs, locations, and link to register, please check on www.adventuring.org or join our Adventuring – LGBT Outdoors Group on Meetup or Facebook.


PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS

Big Schloss Hike (Jackson; Jeff)
Well-saturated ground greeted nine Adventurers on a charmingly moist Saturday, as we embarked on a search for Big Schloss. With misty raindrops splashing on our faces, we forged our path through a forest where the leaves were raring to explode into reds and golds. Buoyed by undampened spirits and with all unwavering deliberate speed, our swift company arrived at the Castle in seemingly no time. Draped in fog, Big Schloss presented a mystical sight worthy of its Germanic namesake. Our quest completed, we repaired to a cozy restaurant in Front Royal before wending our way home.

Southern Rock Creek Park Hike (Peter)
Southern Rock Creek Park Hike (our Columbus Day tradition) trip report byPeter Redding: Great turnout. Great people. Great weather! We had a group of over 40 who wanted to take advantage of what Washington has in the heart of the city. The path provided a leisurely descent into a series of trails through the woods and along Rock Creek. Along the way, our resident historians were able to tell the story of some of the historical monuments and buildings. (And some of the stories had a humorous relevance to the LGBT community!) While many miles were covered, there was still time to relax with some lunch. We perched on Boulder Bridge where we could chat and provide commentaries on the other passersby, not to mention playing with the dogs that several of us brought. All-in-all, a fine day out!

DC to Baltimore Bike Ride (Jerry C.)
There were 7 of us on this joint VeloCity/Adventuring/OutRiders ride to Baltimore. Weather was perfect and street closures in downtown DC for a charity walk and run made it a breeze for us to get through downtown without worrying about cars and traffic lights. We paused to check out a bakery just off the Anacostia Northwest Branch Trail and then continued north, picking up our last rider near the Greenbelt Metro station. It was quite a busy Saturday in Baltimore with a marathon and air show taking place downtown, but the beauty of being on a bike is that you can slip right past obstacles that bring cars to a stop. We ended this 49-mile ride at Mt. Vernon Square and then celebrated with a late lunch at a place called Dooby's. We and our bikes caught a 3:20 train from Baltimore and were back in DC by 4:20. I do this ride to Baltimore periodically, so if you missed this one come on the next one.

Whiteoak Canyon-Cedar Run Hike (Jerry C.)
A sunny and comfortably cool November day made our hike in the gorgeous Whiteoak and Cedar Run Canyons all the more enjoyable. There was still plenty of color in the trees so it was no surprise that we were far from alone on these popular trails. Another surprise: as dry as it had been both Robinson River and Cedar Run were flowing briskly. With an elevation gain of about 2450 feet the nine of us (plus one dog) worked pretty hard on our ascent and descent. Prize for the most intrepid hiker goes to Ya-Ya, Lee's dog. Ya-Ya was literally running circles around us even at the end of this 8-mile (or was it 9-mile? sources don't agree) hike.

C&O Canal Hike @ Hancock (MD) (Craig)
16 Adventurers rendezvoused on Veterans Day in Hancock, MD on a day that began rather bleak and blustery but improved big-time before the day was over. After hearing some stories about the town's colorful past (including the one about how Rebel hero Stonewall Jackson got stared down here by a now-forgotten Yankee general), we set out on the C&O Canal towpath. With the leaves mostly down, we were easily able to spot Lovers Leap, a dramatic cliff on the WV side of the Potomac. The highlight of our trek was undoubtedly "The Devil's Eyebrow," a striking anticline (or arch) in the rockface, complete with cave, directly above the Canal prism; a few of our party scaled the short but steep stretch to the mouth of the cave. Then we lunched next door amidst the impressive ruins of the Round Top Cement Plant. By this time the clouds had dissipated, the sun was out, and temperatures had climbed into the comfortable range, prompting a widespread delayering of clothing among our party. (Unfortunately,this exposed my own arm to the Last Tick of Summer, who hitchhiked a ride on me, as I only discovered two days later.) Most of us ended our outing by spending a delightful hour at Buddy Lou's, an upscale (by Hancock standards) restaurant right next to the Canal.

Sugarloaf Mountain Hike (Jackson)
Five Adventurers were well rewarded for braving the frosty Saturday morning to stomp around Sugarloaf Mountain. Not a cloud was in sight to hinder the sun, and the mountain draped in blazing gold shined gloriously in response, complemented by the crisp air and charming views. Starting off with a steep climb to the peak before weaving a route through the myriad of trails, we completed the 8.5 miles in admirable time. With the cold and the crowd, it is perhaps wise that we elected to forgo the winery visit; a hike as pleasant as such was in itself adequately intoxicating.

White Rocks Waterfall Hike (Craig)
The National Park Service seems to do its best to hide the very existence of the pretty waterfall in the heart of Shenandoah National Park that 15 Adventurers enjoyed today. It has no official name (it could be called the Hazel River Waterfall as easily as the name we use, the White Rocks Waterfall), and the trail leading down to it is equally nameless. The PATC guidebook goes along with the Park Service practice, as their guidebook to Shenandoah makes no reference to either the waterfall or the trail. But there's probably a good reason for such unusual reticence. That nameless trail leading from the Hazel River Trail down to the waterfall, while only a quarter-mile long, is remarkably steep and treacherous, and the authorities may not want a lot of people on it. But we gingerly made our way down to the Hazel River and then crept along some inconveniently-sloped rock ledges to the waterfall itself, well hidden behind several bends in the river. The scenery is greatly enhanced by an attractive pool at the base of the waterfall and an adjacent cave. We lunched and lollygagged dynamically (TM) no little time in this attractive glen before huffing and puffing back up the nameless trail to the kinder and gentler trails that returned us to our cars at the Meadow Spring lot.


ADVENTURING COMMITTEE CONTACTS
President Jeff Hughes (301) 775-9660
Secretary Brett Ferber (703) 914-1439
Treasurer John Cybulski (703) 914-1439
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