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 any one on our Program Coordinators (either Woods Coordinator or Other Coordinator) 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!

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.

Capital Climbers
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.


PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS

Signal Knob Hike (Jackson)
On this uncommonly warm September Saturday, five Adventurers set forth to explore Signal Knob, which is ranked fourth on Hiking Upward's top hikes in Virginia. A completely cloudless day—not even a milky sheen of cirrostratus was visible—greeted the Adventurers in the northern end of the Massanutten Range. Despite its fame, Signal Knob was surprisingly devoid of hikers; but truth be told, all regular hikers can perhaps concur that there are many peaks in Virginia that offer better views than Signal Knob. Regardless, it was a nice day well spent.

Neighbor Mountain-Jeremys Run Hike (Jackson)
On a welcomely cool late-September day following two unseasonably warm weeks, four Adventurers found their feet wandering in northern Shenandoah, romping through the famous Jeremys Run trail where countless stream crossings await the adventurous soul. Last year's trek along Jeremys Run reported a tepid flow; this year, Jeremys Run was positively constipated due to the recent dry spell. Nevertheless, emergent fall colors and an unexpected but wondrous view of the valley midway through the hike provided much delight. All four Adventurers blazed through the hike with alacrity, completing the full 14.4 miles (including lunch and breaks) in an exemplary 6 hours.

Weverton Cliffs (MD) Hike (Matt)
Eight Adventurers began our day by taking in some of Gathland State Park's history, including the War Correspondents Memorial Arch, a monument dedicated to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty. We proceeded through the rocky, wooded trails towards Weverton Cliffs, enjoying the changing foliage and jovial conversations along the way. The group stopped for a lovely picnic on the cliffs overlooking the Potomac before heading back to Gathland.

Strickler Knob-Duncan Knob Circuit Hike (Peter)
Five Adventurers set out on a perfect fall day in the George Washington National Forest. The rocky trail made for a more strenuous hike than the official distance and elevation gain -- 10.2 miles and 2,100 feet -- would indicate. The views, however, were among the best in the region and more than made up for the extra work it took to get to the two major rock outcroppings. Duncan Knob is the more scenic of the two but the route to Strickler Knob features a very fun half-mile rock scramble. It was one of the best hikes of the year and we will definitely be back.

Buck Hollow/Mary's Rock Loop (Jeff)
Eight Adventurers (plus one canine) set out on a cool autumn morning to ascend the steep and rocky Buck Hollow trail in Shenandoah National Park. After considerable huffing and puffing, we made our way to Skyline Drive. After a short rest, we climbed further to behold the spectacular panoramic view of the Page Valley and much of the Park from Marys Rock. The autumn leaves were out in their full glory but also, alas, were the rain clouds. After a short stay on top of the mountain, the rains started and we began our hastier-than-normal retreat downhill. Fortunately, the rains pretty much stopped by the time we reached Skyline Drive, so our steep descent downhill on the Buck Ridge trail was largely uneventful. However, because of the threat of further showers, we finished the 9+-mile hike in record time.

Cunningham Falls-Catoctin Mountain Hike (Jackson)
It would seem foolish to be out in the mountains on what was the first freezing day of the season, but no mere chill can stand against the tenacity of two Adventurers. A 15-mile hike through Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park melted away the cold in our bodies, while the visual smörgåsbord of the Maryland countryside vistas under a soulful blend of the retreat of fall and onset of winter nourished our spirits. If it is indeed foolish to be out on a day like this, then we are not alone: the Catoctin Visitor Center was full of revelers of Nature seeking a slice of the beautiful day and the remnants of fall colors. The hike was one fitting for the closing of this season, for we completed the hike just as dusk invaded the skies, and we hastened to the warm comforts of dinner with a hearty course of mouthwatering dumplings.

C&O Canal Hike: Oldtown-Town Creek (Craig)
Five well-bundled Adventurers defied the sudden onset of wintry cold by strolling several hours along a six-mile stretch of the C&O Canal about halfway between the Paw Paw Tunnel and Cumberland. Since there was little if any wind to aggravate the effect of temperatures in the 30s, we were comfortable enough most of the time. After a lecture on the rich history of the Oldtown area (e.g., George Washington slept here many times and decided to become a surveyor here at 16), we started downstream along the towpath. Much of the Canal prism alongside us has been kept watered for many years to serve as fishing holes for the locals. Probably the most interesting sight along our way was the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Potomac, a union heavily dominated by the former. We finished our journey at the Town Creek Aqueduct early enough to drive back to Hancock in daylight. Dinner at Buddy Lou's was marked by yummy food, fast service, generous portions and fair prices--a winning combination.


ADVENTURING COMMITTEE CONTACTS
President Jeff Hughes (301) 775-9660
Secretary Jackson Tan (410) 422-9257
Treasurer Peter Redding (202) 352-4796
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