Billy Goat Hike (Rescheduled)
(Sat); Jeff(301) 775-9660
[RESCHEDULED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS ON DAY IT WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED] The Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, MD is one of Adventuring’s most popular hikes, and with good reason. Where else can you get so much of Mother Nature’s bounty so close to DC? There are rock climbs, spectacular vistas, and views of the raging Potomac beneath. Our route will be a combination of the Billy Goat Trail Section A with its two oft-neglected but lovely cousins, Sections B and C. Each section is approximately 1.5 miles long, and each is of moderate difficulty, with Billy Goat A being the most difficult of the three. The total length of this hike, including the C&O Canal portion from the Carderock Recreational Area, is approximately 11 miles. Expect to see magnificent views of the rushing waters of the Potomac and a waterfall or two. Expect crowds and rock scrambles on Section A and a more relaxed Zen experience on Sections B & C (we’ll do A first to avoid the worst of the crowds). Hikers will have the option of only doing Section A or Sections A and B, but hopefully you’ll decide to do all three. Please meet either at 8:30 a.m. at the Tenleytown Metro near the exit on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue by the Panera, or else at 9:15 a.m. at the third and final parking lot of the Carderock Recreation Area (GPS Coordinates: 38°58'34.5"N 77°12'19.9"W; just cut and past into Google Maps). Bring water, lunch, bug spray, sturdy boots, and $2 for the trip fee, with an additional $2 to reimburse your driver if you’re carpooling from Tenleytown. Fido is not welcome on this hike under National Park Service rules for Section A.
Adventuring Summer Picnic
(Sun); John & Brett(703) 914-1439
It’s time for Adventuring’s summer picnic – come enjoy food and fun among fellow Adventurers. Share stories of past trips and ideas for new ones!
Time: Arrive any time after 11:30; grilling begins at 12:00 noon, rain or shine. Adventuring will provide grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and all the standard fixin’s - plus water, soft drinks, and ice. You bring a salad or dessert to share, and a $5 Adventuring fee to offset expenses.
Location: As in past years our location is Rock Creek Park Picnic Grove #1, right off of Beach Drive and next to the recently-restored Peirce Mill.
Activities: At about 1:30, Craig Howell will lead a one-hour Rock Creek Park ‘fun-hike’; Dynamic Lollygagging at its finest! Afterwards, back at the picnic area, there will be a round of “Adventuring Jeopardy” (remember to phrase your answer in the form of a question!). The winner will receive a certificate good for one free year of Adventuring trips. And of course, no Adventuring picnic is complete without volleyball; find some fellow players and show off your stuff!
Directions: Driving or biking: If coming down Tilden Street from Connecticut Avenue, as soon as Tilden changes from a divided to an undivided road take a right into the parking lot. If coming from Mt. Pleasant via Park Road, after crossing the bridge over Rock Creek, pass Peirce Mill on your right then turn left into the parking lot. The picnic shelter is just beyond the building with restrooms. (GPS users: enter the address for Peirce Mill, 2375 or 2401 Tilden Street, NW; the grove is on the other side of Tilden.) Via the Red Line: The usual cautions about weekend delays apply; check Metro’s website. From either the Van Ness or Cleveland Park Station, Grove #1 is about a 20-minute walk via either Tilden Street or the Melvin Hazen Trail; call or e-mail Brett if you need more information.
We’ll see you there!
Come to the Summer Picnic!
Adventuring will have its annual summer picnic at the grove near the Pierce Mill in Rock Creek Park on Sunday, July 12. Detail TBA.
Catoctin Mountain Hike
(Sat); Jeff(301) 775-9660
Forests, vistas, rocks, and waterfalls! Join us for a magnificent hike at the beautiful Catoctin Mountain Park, close to Camp David in Thurmont, MD. This moderate-to-strenuous 8.4-mile loop, with 1370 feet of elevation gain, includes some great views and attractions, with plenty of rocky hills to develop your hiking legs. Some of the interesting sights we’ll enjoy along the way include Cunningham Falls (highest in Maryland), Hog Rock overlook, Blue Ridge vista, Thurmont vista, the Wolf Rock formation, and Chimney Rock overlook. Depending on how we feel near the end of this loop, we can add in the Cat Rock extension, which would add an extra 2.4 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain (and spectacular views!) to what would morph into a strenuous journey. Bring lunch, 3 liters of water, bug spray, sunscreen, and sturdy hiking boots. Costs will be about $12 for transportation and trip fees. For those who are interested, there will be an optional dinner stop on the way home. Luke, our Adventurer originally from China, tells us there is an authentic Chinese (not Chinese-American) restaurant specializing in spicy Sichuan and Hunan dishes in Germantown, which will taste especially delicious after burning all those calories at Catoctin. We will meet at the Grovesnor-Strathmore Metro station at 9 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
$22.00 - Day Pass
$05.00 - Harness Rental
$05.00 - Shoe Rental
To reduce costs, Livingsocial has this:
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:
Make ROCK CLIMBING of your New Year's Resolutions. Use these winter months to prepare along with our friends at the DC Rock Jocks!
Team DC Town Hall Meeting
Everyone is invited to attend a Town Hall meeting that Team DC will host on Monday, June 29, at 7 PM at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington DC (901 Massachusetts Ave., NW). The subject of the meeting will be the current negotiations between the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) which sponsors the OutGames. These negotiations are intended to unite the global LGBT sports community back into one quadrennial event starting in 2022.
Team DC has always advocated strongly for one quadrennial event almost since the split occurred back in 2004. Whether these negotiations bring a final resolution to this situation is hard to say. A member of the Negotiating Team will offer a critical look at what is on the table and help attendees determine if it serves the best interests of Team DC, its member clubs, and the LGBT sports community at large.
This will also be a chance for you to voice your opinion about this topic and to be heard by a member of the Negotiating Team as well as Team DC representatives to the Gay Games General Assembly who will vote on this proposal later this year. Team DC, the Federation of Gay Games, and GLISA want and need to hear from you! The future of the Gay Games movement as well as the OutGames is at stake. If you have been to the Gay Games or the OutGames or ever plan to go, this is your chance to speak up and be heard.
If you are planning to attend the Town Hall meeting please click on the following link to a Facebook page so Team DC can plan the space accordingly: https://www.facebook.com/events/777612242358055/. Light refreshments will be served compliments of the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Trillium Hike (Jerry C.)
I'm pleased to report that the trilliums put on a wonderful display for our band of 20 hikers. Mayapples and wild geraniums were also in abundance. We encountered a few birders, wildflower enthusiasts and AT thru-hikers but, surprisingly, mostly had the trails to ourselves. Craig, our esteemed woods coordinator, showed us the very spot where his head had an unfortunate encounter with a rock on a prior hike. Happily, he recovered fully from that trauma. At our lunch stop at the shelter John of Berkeley delighted us when he offered us an assortment of chocolate bars. We gave the leftovers to two guys, AT thru-hikers calling themselves "Roadside" and "Heat Pack," who appeared as we were finishing up our lunch. I asked Heat Pack how he got that trail name after Roadside encouraged me to do just that. I think they expected we would be embarrassed by the answer, but far from it! Interestingly, neither knew what LGBT stands for.
Gambrill State Park Hike (MD) (John D.)
Nineteen Adventurers celebrated the end of May in Gambrill State Park, starting at High Knob where there are many overlooks and buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. After a threat of thunderstorms all week, today's weather turned out to be perfectly hike-able as we trekked the 8.5 mile Yellow Trail, including the Yellow Trail Extension. Because of the cooler than usual spring, the mountain laurel blooms were mostly pre-peak. However, where patches of laurel were in full sun, we discovered wonderful white and blush pink passageways and archways. Reflecting the amount of rain this area has had, the foliage was quite full, providing us with breathtaking stands of ferns and various other flowers along the green moss-lined trails. We hiked along both the west and east sides of the ridgeline of the Catoctin Mountains and were rewarded with wonderful views of Frederick and Middletown, as well as South Mountain.
Lost River State Park (WV) Hike & Swim (Craig)
Another fantastic day of what-is-so-rare-as-a-day-in-June weather, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Bill, which left us nothing but fair skies and refreshing breezes after smiting the Wicked in TX & OK. Our climb from the Park's stables to the crest was not very taxing, thanks to lots of switchbacks and level sections. The unlimited views we savored during lunch at Cranny Crow Overlook were stunning, though we argued about just which way we were looking. We hiked a bit more along the ridgeline before our rapid descent towards our cars via a steep but wide forest road. Our swim in the Park's pool afterwards was perfect. Those of us who dined at Jalisco in Front Royal on the way home enjoyed the experience, as our novice server was not the least bit intimidated by our fussiness.
DC to Baltimore Bike Ride (Jerry C.)
Two Adventurers and five Outriders set out early Saturday morning from Columbia Island Marina for a 50-mile bike ride to Baltimore. We picked up an additional Adventurer on the Metropolitan Branch Trail just north of Union Station. After a brief stop at Glut food co-op in Mt. Rainier we hopped on the Northeast Branch Trail for a scenic and traffic-free ride through Maryland's inner suburbs. Once beyond the Beltway it was pretty much smooth sailing all the way to Baltimore. Well, one of us did have a blowout to contend with, but he replaced that rear tire's inner tube quickly. And then there was that long work train that blocked the road as it slowly moved rail cars to be loaded with trash from one track to another at the Jessup waste transfer station. Oh, and our ignoring that "Road Closed" sign paid off because the road was fine and we had no cars to contend with. We celebrated our arrival in Baltimore with a great meal at the City Café. Getting back to DC was a breeze thanks to MARC commuter rail's new bike car service. The bike car had racks for 23 bikes and ample seating. We were back in DC well before sunset. If you missed this ride you'll have another opportunity in the coming months because I plan to lead this great ride again. Watch the calendar.
Great Falls (MD) Holiday Hike (Damon)
Although a forecast of morning rains caused a 4-hour delay, a convivial group of ten Adventurers still turned out for the 6th annual July 4 Holiday Hike at Great Falls, MD. In sunny but sultry weather, the group traversed the cooler, shaded Berma Road to Old Anglers Inn Parking Lot, then turned and headed upstream along the scenic Widewater section of the C&O Canal, stopping along the way to observe and photograph several turtle-filled estuaries. However, just as the group approached the turnoff for Great Falls Overlook, thunder and heavy clouds rolled in. The group divided, with four members (including the event host) heading for shelter at the Visitor Center, while the remaining six bravely soldiered on to the Falls, even as heavy rain ensued. While the whole group never re-convened after that, one of the Overlook visitors (who had come prepared with a hooded poncho) later reported that the Falls were "well worth it" despite the rain.
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