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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 13 (Sat) Potomac Heritage/C&O Canal Hike (NEW DATE) Jerry C. (703) 920-6871
Feb 15 (Mon) Ice Hike 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

Potomac Heritage/C&O Canal Hike (NEW DATE)
Feb 13 (Sat); Jerry C.(703) 920-6871
[Rescheduled yet again because of possible Potomac flooding.]

You can't beat this 9-mile hike for great scenery and ease of access. From the Rosslyn Metro station we'll walk to the Potomac Heritage Trail trailhead near Roosevelt Island. We'll follow the trail along the south side of the Potomac, cross the river at Chain Bridge and then take the C&O Canal Towpath to Georgetown. From Georgetown we cross Key Bridge to return to the Rosslyn Metro station. There are some challenging sections of the hike, such as a scramble over rocks after Donaldson Run and a few steep ascents and descents, but the towpath portion of the hike couldn't be easier. You can read a very detailed description of this hike with photos on pages 4-5 of the PATC's January 2011 newsletter by clicking on the "January 2011" PDF link on this web page: http://www.patc.net/PublicView/Custom/Newsletter/PA-2011/January_2011.aspx.

Meet inside the Rosslyn Metro by the station attendant's kiosk at 9:30 a.m. Parking in Rosslyn could be difficult, so allow yourself plenty of time if you're coming by car. Bring water and a snack or lunch. The only cost will be the usual $2 trip fee. If you're planning to come please give me your contact information (via email, Meetup RSVP, or phone), so I'll have a way to reach you in case bad weather requires me to reschedule the trip.

Ice Hike
Feb 15 (Mon); Harris(443) 415-7856
The many waterfalls along Cedar and Whiteoak Canyon Runs in the heart of Shenandoah National Park are famous this time of year for crusting over with ice, creating a winter wonderland. With some luck we will get to experience the fantasy on this Presidents Day as we negotiate some steep and slippery trails up and down the Blue Ridge. Our very strenuous hike will be about 8 miles long with roughly 2000 feet of elevation gain. Bring plenty of beverages, lunch, winter-worthy boots and about $20 for transportation, admission and trip fees. Depending on weather conditions, micro spikes and hiking poles may be recommended. No dogs, please, and leave the swim trunks at home this time ;-). Meet at 9 a.m. near the station entrance at the East Falls Church Metro. Parking will be free because of the holiday but may be limited because some people will have to work, so park in either the main lot or the small Kiss & Ride lot and walk towards the station entrance. Due to the distance to our trailhead and and the hike length, we will try to arrange a dinner stop on the return. Also note that the total number of participants this year is limited to a dozen; please don’t RSVP unless you’re seriously committed to joining us and you're an experienced hiker in good aerobic condition.


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

Catoctin Mountain Hike (Jeff)
Was it really December 12? With temperatures pushing 70, you could be excused for thinking we had hiked through a time warp and skipped winter to emerge into spring. However, despite the spring-like warmth, it really was mid-December, so the hours of sunlight were fleeting. Undaunted, seven swift-footed Adventurers climbed up and down the many peaks and valleys of Catoctin Mountain and Cunningham Falls and completed the 11-mile circuit in record time.

Winter Solstice Poetry Hike (Craig; Chris)
Although the actual solstice wouldn’t arrive for another day and a half, 16 Adventurers took advantage of a bright December Sunday to mark the end of autumn and tramp around Maryland’s magical monadnock, Sugarloaf Mountain. We’ve advertised 18 of these hikes through the years, though a few were cancelled by ice or snow. Not so this year, as highs in the 40s felt even warmer on the inclines. The hike has become a bit shorter these past two years, since Sugarloaf’s popularity as a winter hiking destination has clogged the parking at the base of the mountain and made us drive to the West View Lot near the top instead of hiking from the bottom as we’d always done before. But there was still enough climbing and marching on our 5-mile Northern Peaks Loop Trail to fill much of this day of little daylight. White Rocks with its lovely westward vista was, as always, our lunch stop and the site of our poetry readings. The readings ranged from Biblical passages to modern poems; several centered on the solstice theme or the dark, bleak winter. But it was hard to feel bleak with such cheery companions on such a bright, beautiful day. At one of Sugarloaf's smaller summits, several of us added rocks to the Cairn of Care to ceremonially shed the baggage of 2015. At the highest summit we could see more distant mountains than we've been able to see on most previous solstice hikes. We shared John’s remaining chocolates before descending the old stone steps to our waiting cars at West View.

The Great Cookie Hike (Theresa)
On what promised to be a balmy day in December, twenty enthusiastic Adventurers departed from the Bethesda Metro Station. We began our hike with a historical narration from veteran Adventurer Craig Howell on the Madonna of the Trail statute. We then made our way to the Capital Crescent Trail, where we encountered numerous other hikers, bikers, and walkers also enjoying the seventy-degree temperatures. After about five miles, we stopped for lunch at Fletcher’s Cove, where cookies and other delectable treats were plentiful and passed around for all to enjoy. Once our lunch was consumed, we resumed our hike on the same trail until it ended at Key Bridge. We then crossed over to the muddy C&O Canal towpath until it terminated at Rock Creek. Lastly, we moved to the Rock Creek Park Trails in order to to get to P street, which took us to our final destination at Dupont Circle. Thank you to all who came out for what was a very enjoyable hike and wonderful day!

Great Falls (MD) Hike (Craig)
A record-tying 51 Adventurers showed up to participate in Adventuring's traditional New Years Day Hike at Great Falls. 2016 being an even year, we went to the MD side this time. (Remember: Virginia Is Odd, So Maryland Gets Even.) It felt a little chilly if not raw after our balmy November and December and the overcast only began to relent towards the end of the day, but overall we couldn't really complain about the weather. We began with lunch at the Park's picnic area near the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center before moving down to the Falls Overlook on Olmstead Island, where we admired the rain-swollen Potomac as it roared past us. Then we swiftly proceeded up the C&O Canal towpath to Swain's Lock and rested briefly before returning to our cars near the Tavern. For the record, the exact length of our hike was 5.6 miles, based on published trail measurements. Afterwards some of our party made their way to a nearby watering hole for refreshments after finding Old Anglers Inn foolishly closed for the holiday. A nice way to kick off 2016; hope everyone will be able to join us for many more Adventures throughout the year.

Annapolis Rock/Black Rock Cliff Hike (Jeff)
Ten Adventurers ventured forth on a drizzly but seasonally mild January morning to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. We were looking forward to seeing the spectacular vistas from Annapolis Rock and Black Rock Cliff atop South Mountain. Well, it’s something we can still look forward to, since both vistas were gripped in a London-style pea-soup fog, limiting visibility beyond a few feet. The National Weather Service had predicted that the fog would lift by the time we got there; however, when there is a conflict between the Weather Service and Mother Nature, we know who always wins. Keep checking this space for the (hopefully sunny) day when Adventuring will return to Annapolis Rock and Black Rock Cliff.

Second Manassas Battlefield Hike (Craig)
13 Adventurers showed up at Manassas Battlefield Visitors Center, but three swiftly became casualties and dropped out as what was supposed to be "conversational snow" threatened to become something more serious. The rest of us soldiered on through the vigorous flurries that relented about halfway through our main 3-hour hike. But with relatively mild temperatures and light winds at worst, we really weren't uncomfortable. What was a bit uncomfortable was our footing on some of the muddiest and sloppiest trails I've ever encountered. We focused today on the experiences of Jeff's great-grandfather Charles Stark, who labored here under the command of one of the worst Union generals on the field, Robert Milroy. Stark had the added misfortune of having to battle against the indomitable Stonewall Jackson for much of his military career. Stark suffered from what we call PTSD after the war and died an early death. Freedom Is Not Free; our hats are off to him and his comrades.


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