DC to Baltimore Bike Ride
(Sun); Jerry C.(703) 920-6871
Many of you are now familiar with this ride, but if you aren't be assured that there really is a decent way to bike from Washington DC to Baltimore without taking your life into your hands! I have done this one-way ride of approximately 50 miles many times now and I continue to enjoy its novelty and stretches of pleasant scenery. We'll use the MARC Penn Line's Bike Car service to get back to DC. The ride's terrain ranges from flat to moderately hilly. Although we will have some traffic to contend with along some segments of our route, many other parts are traffic-free. For a copy of this ride's cue sheet click on this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cuf8q2txiks1hzx/DC_to_Baltimore_4.pdf?dl=0 . If you prefer a TCX Course (for Garmin devices) click on this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9pfmsv3p02k68gd/DC_to_Baltimore_4.tcx?dl=0 . I encourage everyone to have a cue sheet or TCX Course unless you don't mind keeping me in sight throughout the ride. I'll be your "leader" in name, but I won't necessarily be out front since I favor a more relaxed pace (meaning an average moving speed of around 12 MPH). Plan on a mid-afternoon lunch in downtown Baltimore upon completion of the ride. Bring a water bottle, something to snack on along the way and some money for our meal in Baltimore. Cost of train ticket for you and your bike to return to DC is $8.00. We will leave at 8:30 AM from the south end of the Columbia Island Marina parking lot. Note that cars can only access the parking lot from the southbound lanes of the GW Parkway. The closest Metro station, Pentagon, is about 1.5 miles away.
Hoover Camp via Lower Rapidan Road Hike
(Sun); Craig(202) 462-0535
Adventuring's very first expedition was a hike in May 1979 to Hoover Camp, a rustic fishing retreat built by Herbert Hoover, who donated the land and its cabins to Shenandoah National Park after he left the White House. We have made it our custom to revisit this scenic and historic spot each May, preferably by a route we haven't used lately. This year's Memorial Day Weekend journey takes probably the easiest way to get there, as we walk along the Lower Rapidan Road through the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area for the first time since 2012. The good news is that the road is broad and smooth, and is often right next to the dramatic and fast-flowing Rapidan River. The bad news is that the road, though unpaved, is open to vehicular traffic, so we'll have to be more wary than usual. Total length of this moderate round-trip hike is about 9.6 miles, with a mostly-gradual elevation gain of 1400 feet. Bring plenty of beverages, a bag lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. Transportation and trip fees should be under $20. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Kiss & Ride lot at the East Falls Church Metro Station. We'll have dinner on the way home.
Austin Mt./Furnance Mt. Loop
Austin Mtn / Furnace Mtn Loop
Saturday, May 20, 2017
East Falls Church Metro Station
We'll gather in the small Kiss & Ride lot, to the right as you walk out of the station.
NOTE: Earlier than usual start time.
This VERY STRENUOUS hike in the southern section of Shenandoah National Park offers great views and varied terrain, particularly along the Austin Mountain Trail, the Furnace Mountain Summit and the highly scenic Blackrock summit. The 13.4 mile circuit hike with approximately 2,600 feet of elevation gain is for experienced hikers only. Long sections of the trail include hiking along talus (broken rock) slopes that are exposed to the sun. Bring plenty of water – at least 3 liters –, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen and about $20 for transportation, admission and trip fees. We will stop at the Sheetz in Madison, Virginia on our way to the trailhead, where you can buy made-to-order sandwiches for lunch. We likely will stop for a group dinner on the way back.
The DC Metro system doesn’t begin operations until 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays and some Adventurers may have trouble getting to East Falls Church by Metro rail in time for the 8:00 a.m. start time. Consider taking Uber or other transportation alternatives.
Due to the length of the both the hike and the drive down, we likely will not get back to the East Falls Church Metro station until after 9:00 p.m.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride lot.
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!
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.
Cunningham Falls-Catoctin Mountain Hike (Jackson)
Let it be recorded in Adventuring's history that, on the first day of the month of April in the year 2017, in Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin National Park, two Adventurers hiked 18.5 miles with an elevation gain of 4,350 feet in 6 hours and 45 minutes. The end, out.
3 Peaks-3 States-Harpers Ferry Hike (Jeff; Matt)
Maybe unique in Adventuring’s 38-year history, this hike turned out to be an a la carte Chinese menu “Pick Your Own Hike” type of adventure. We had 13 participants with 5 variations of what they did that day. Adding to the fun was the fact that a number of us were having such a good time at dinner in Harpers Ferry that we missed the final shuttle bus to the Visitors Center; as a result, we had an unscheduled hike (mostly uphill) in the early evening to get back to our cars. So without further ado, here is how 13 Adventurers explored the peaks around Harpers Ferry on the 8th of April, 2017:
2 of us hiked to Jefferson Rock (A) and Loudoun Heights (B), as well as the unplanned “bonus" hike in the evening to the Visitors Center (let’s label that one, Z);
4 of us did A and B, as well as the Maryland Heights Overview (C);
4 of us did A, B, C, and Z;
1 of us did his own hike to the Murphy-Chambers farm, followed by C and the Maryland Heights Stone Fort (D);
AND 2 of us (including your trusty scribe) actually did the entire hike as scheduled (A, B, C, D) as well as bonus Z, resulting 14.5 total miles hiked that day.
Fortunately, we had glorious spring weather for this escapade and even those of us who missed the last shuttle eventually got home.
Arboretum Azaleas Ramble (Randy; Craig)
26 Adventurers met at the Arboretum's Visitors Center not far from the R Street NE entrance. Our first "ramble," as the hike's name implies, lasted about an hour as we explored the collection of azaleas. Our general consensus was that the flowers were pretty close to their peak bloom period. Many pictures supporting this conclusion were captured and posted to social media. Our group's next excursion was across the Arboretum in the Asian Collection. We traversed rolling hills as the sun continued with warming influences, which created perfect conditions to highlight the Camillia collections within this section. By noontime we settled down to a relaxing lunch enjoying the peaceful banks of the Anacostia River. After lunch we made a short visit to the restored original National Capitol Columns that punctuate the meadow's grandeur. We gathered here for a parting group photo, and then bid our farewells. Following this smaller groups ventured through other Arboretum areas such as the Bonsai pavilions or the National Grove of State Trees.
Patapsco Valley State Park (MD) Hike (Jackson)
Sometimes one has to travel afar to find beautiful places; sometimes it is just outside our doorstep. Patapsco Valley State Park, located just this side of Baltimore, is a remarkable gem that rarely figures in Adventuring trips. But on this Sunday morning, six Adventurers found themselves beneath a sunny sky, defiant against the forecast of rain, and hiked the lush green valley and swollen streams as the trees awaken from their winter slumber. One particular trail, flanked by bursting vernal leaves, a stream glimmering under the sunlight, almost devoid of people, was an unexpected but heavenly treat. It was with buoyed spirits that the Adventurers departed the magnificent valley, while there was still plenty of sunlight in the sky.
Trillium Hike (Jerry C.)
Well, we knew rain was in the forecast, but we were hoping it would pass us by. No such luck. That said, it wasn't a total washout, and our group of nine had come prepared with raingear. On the plus side, there were plenty of trilliums to see, though they looked a little bedraggled because of the rain. There was also an abundance of mayapple and wild geranium. Check out our photo album on Meetup or Facebook. We ate our lunch in the dry comfort of an AT trail shelter. The last part of our 8+ mile hike was undoutedly the most difficult. We had a rather long descent on a slick, muddy trail, and then had to wade across a rushing, knee-high stream. At least that washed all the mud from our boots. We stopped at a bakery in Marshall on the way home, and then one of our two cars decided that a stop at Spa World in Centreville would warm us and soothe our weary bodies. Thanks to Sherry for that great idea and to Thang for finding us a Groupon discount for Spa World!
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