Overall Run Falls Hike
(Sat); Jeff(301) 775-9660
This year March seems to have come in like a lamb and is going out like a lion. Let’s bid March a less-than-fond farewell with this strenuous hike in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park; you can also see it as calorie-burning insurance in case you eat too many chocolate Easter bunnies the following day. Our hike will start with a downward trek into the Overall Run Valley, followed by a very steep climb up the Tuscarora-Overall Run trail. The scenic high point will be a spectacular overlook above Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in all of Shenandoah, which hopefully will be swollen with runoff from these late March snows. There is also a stunning westward vista from this same spot.
This is a very strenuous hike of 12 miles with 2900 feet of elevation gain and several interesting stream crossings. Please wear sturdy hiking boots and dress in layers. Bring 3 liters of water, lunch, and about $25 for transportation/admission/trip fees. Since this will be a long hike with lots of hearty appetites at the end, we will have a dinner stop on the way back. Don’t expect to be home before dark. We will leave promptly from the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot at 8:30 am.
Duncan Knob-Strickler Knob Backpacking
(Sat-Sun); Jackson; John(410) 422-9257; (202) 805-4268
Distance: 15 miles over 2 days
Elevation gain: 2500 feet
**This is not a usual Adventuring hike. Please read the description carefully before signing up.**
This is a backpacking trip; that is, you will need to carry a shelter (e.g., tent) with you and spend the night in the woods. You are responsible for making sure you have the necessary equipment (see below). Prior backpacking experience is not necessary, but identifying yourself as a first-timer will assist us in planning an enjoyable backpacking trip for everyone.
RSVPs close at 8 p.m. on Apr 6 (Fri).
The twin peaks of Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob in the Massanutten Range of the George Washington National Forest offers some of the best vistas in the Virginia and West Virginia region. With sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley and Luray Valley, this backpacking trip provides an excellent initiation to the backpacking experience.
Instead of following the standard 10.1-mile Duncan Knob—Strickler Knob trail that can be done as a day hike, we will discard the Scothorn Gap Trail for the western part of the Massanutten Trail in a loop Mid-Atlantic named the Wil Kohlbrenner Memorial Circuit, in memory of a prolific PATC trail builder. We will begin at the southern end of the Massanutten Trail, trek along the ridge of Kerns Mountain, down Jawbone Gap Trail into the valley, up Gap Creek Trail towards Duncan Knob, the ascent of which involves some rock scramble (optional but excellent views await). We will then rejoin the Massanutten Trail and then off the spur to Strickler Knob, where we will set up for the night and have dinner under the stars. On the second day, we will wake up to stunning views, make breakfast, and then return along the spur onto Massanutten Trail, which will lead us back to our starting point but not before another dip across the valley. We will cover 9.2 miles on the first day and 5.8 miles on the second day.
Please make sure you have the necessary backpacking equipment. On top of the standard hiking gear, you will need at the minimum:
* shelter (e.g., tent)
* sleeping bag
* insulation (especially at night)
* headlamp or flashlight
* food for two days (see below) and utensils
* rain gear (if rain is expected)
In addition, possessing the following items is strongly encouraged:
* sleeping pad (for insulation)
* water filter
* clean set of clothes for sleeping
You may find REI's Ten Essentials for Backpacking a helpful guide: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html. You do not need to have all the backpacking items; as this is a group backpacking trip, we can share some equipment such as stove and first aid supplies. Feel free to contact the trip leader on equipment or post in the comments below.
For food, you should bring lunch and dinner for the first day, and breakfast for the second day, as well as snacks throughout the trip. Aim for calorically dense food, but do not sacrifice taste—a buffet of trail bars has limited mileage on your palate and is a recognized recipe for bitchiness. I recommend fresh food for lunch (e.g., sandwiches), dehydrated meals for dinner (where we can rehydrate at camp), and hot food for breakfast (e.g., oatmeal, tea/coffee). As is tradition, we will feast after a backpacking trip, which, if all goes well, will be the lunch for our second day.
You should also bring about $20 for carpool and trip fees. We should return to East Falls Church Metro Station on Sunday afternoon.
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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.
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.
Seminary Ridge-Pickett's Charge Hike (Craig)
Just as predicted, the weather in Gettysburg was a lot drier and clearer than it was in the DC area this late January afternoon, rewarding our eight Adventurous participants. We began, incongruously enough, at a Mickey D's for an early indoors lunch. Then we shuttled ourselves to the western edge of the battlefield to begin our history lesson/stroll. The soggy ground we encountered near the Railroad Cut was but a hint of quagmires yet to come. We walked around the newly-restored landscape surrounding Lee's HQS (a.k.a. The Widder Thompson's--by law, every CW battlefield has to have an Unfinished Railroad, a Widder Somebody's home, a Wheatfield, etc.). Then we spent a productive 45 minutes inside the Seminary Ridge Museum, focusing on (among other topics) the overwhelming impact the battle and its legions of wounded soldiers had on the local population. We finished by recreating Pickett's Charge as it might have been if the battlefield been a sloppy swamp that July day in 1863.
Hazel Mountain Loop Hike (Jeff)
Mother Nature giveth – and then asks for penance. For our Hazel Mountain Loop hike, Mother Nature gave us an unusually balmy day for February – but then required us to hike in the rain and the fog. She provided the magnificence of the swollen cascades of the Hazel River – but then required us to cross these rushing waters five times. The eight Adventurers and one canine companion were more than up to the challenge (though the Trip Leader decided to give up trying to stay dry on the slippery rocks for Crossings 2-5 and had us just wade through the currents). The hiking directions warned us of some steep climbs (and they weren’t kidding), but we were rewarded at the summit with views of a beautiful waterfall (and a so-so cave). After an exhausting 11+-mile hike, the group happily retreated to Northside 29, an Adventuring favorite, where three of our number (who had ordered the day’s Special) got to exercise the virtue of patience as they watched everyone else chow down and finish their meal before ours was served.
Bloomingdale Neighborhood Walking Tour (Craig)
23 Adventurers and/or Chrysalians showed up on an exceptionally windy morning for a walking tour of one of DC's most historic yet least-known neighborhoods. After plowing through adjacent LeDroit Park into Bloomingdale, we went up one short street notable both for being atop a major tributary of Tiber Creek and for being the childhood home of Chita Rivera. As we came to the southern boundary of McMillan Reservoir, we luckily stumbled into another walking tour filled with experts on both the history and the ongoing controversies surrounding the reservoir's redevelopment. Serendipity at its best! That encounter happened along Bryant Street, which was historically the most important block in the neighborhood, because it was the legal cases involving housing here that led to the overthrow of restrictive racial covenants. After strolling south on First Street, many of us lunched at the Boundary Stone pub before ending our tour with tales of Moms Mably and Senator Edward Brooke.
Washington's Irish History Walking Tour (Elaine)
The luck of the Irish was with us this St. Paddy’s Day when 13 Adventurers met on Church Street for a walking tour of our city's Irish landmarks. We began at the official location of Solas Nua, an Irish arts center; some of us found their table full of free Irish Literature at Dupont Circle later that afternoon. Our tour included stops at St. Matthew's Cathedral, the Civil War Nurses Memorial, the White House, the John Barry Memorial Statue in Franklin Park, and the original site of Swampoodle, the moniker for the old Irish community that was mostly destroyed when Union Station was built more than a century ago. Afterwards we managed to find room to stand at the Irish Times but lost two of our hikers when they found a seat at the bar. We finished our day with lunch at the food court in Union Station.
Whiteoak Canyon-Robertson Mountain Hike (Jackson)
Rain, sleet, graupel, snow, sunshine: this hike had it all. The finicky month of March refused to obey the usual signal for the arrival of the hiker's spring—the switch to Daylight Saving Time—and summoned a diverse meteorological show to overawe us. Nevertheless, we five Adventurers persisted. Whiteoak Canyon, always a beauty of Shenandoah, was even more remarkable as the melting snow fattened the multiple waterfalls by the trail. Robertson Mountain, Shenandoah's eternal challenge, was a workout as always but this time, with the branches still bare, under the witness of Old Rag's watchful eye. Corbin Hollow trail, a plunge into a seldom-visited valley, still bore the remnants of the recent wind storm and offered an unexpected obstacle course. The hike concluded well before sundown and, with consensus, we rewarded ourselves with amazing Thai food in Warrenton, which has the winning attribute of being 15 minutes closer than the regular Northside 29.
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