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SUMMARY:Oregon: Shorter Thru-Hikes For the Working Stiff
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassador Whitney LaRuffa for a talk about shorther thru-hikes that can be completed by people with careers and families. I will be covering 3 shorter trails that one can do in the standard 2 weeks of vaction time a year: the John Muir Trail\, The Wonderland Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail. We'll talk timing\, permits and how to get them\, resupply options and enjoy some tales form the trails and amazing pictures.
LOCATION:426 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR, 97214, United States
SUMMARY:California: Thru-Hike of the John Muir Trail (7/25-8/8)
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassadors Brian Horst and Jenn Adach for another epic DC UL trip offering to thru-hike an iconic American trail this summer. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains\, the 210-mile John Muir Trail (JMT) passes through Yosemite\, Kings Canyon\, and Sequoia National Parks. A quick Google search will show you a plethora of images and planning resources for this hike -- some available online for free and other books and map sets available for purchase. Details will be ironed out in the coming months\, but the initial plan is to start sometime between mid-July and the end of August\, taking two weeks to complete the hike. We will average around 17 miles per day with two resupply stops. Permits are required to hike the JMT so the specific starting date will be dependent on an approved permit request. The planned starting point will be the Happy Isles trailhead\, and we will hike south to Mount Whitney. Due to the permitting process\, the group size will be kept to a maximum of six people. If more are interested\, we may look into the feasibility of splitting into two different trips starting on different dates. Those joining this adventure should be Veteran Members and plan on hiking with us a number of times well before this trip. If you haven’t already completed one of our longer weekend trips consisting of at least three consecutive nights in the woods and averaging 15 miles a day or more\, you should plan on doing so before then. A number of such opportunities with DC UL will be coming up over holiday weekends: MLK Day\, Washington’s Birthday\, and Memorial Day\, along with a few other weekends such as the 71-mile Massanutten trip. You should also plan on getting out at least a time or two on a winter W1 rated trip; depending on the snowfall this winter out West\, there could still be snow in the passes. Additionally\, as the Sierra Nevadas are at a much higher elevation than any of our trips here in the mid-Atlantic\, you may want to consider working on your cardio\, although by hiking from north to south we will be slowly gaining the elevation and allowing ourselves to acclimatize. Approved bear canisters will be required (http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/containers.htm) although you would also be able to rent a canister from any of the permit stations for the duration of the hike. Keep in mind that your pack must be able to accommodate the bear canister\, and that all food (the last resupply stretch may be up too seven days) and scented items must be able to fit inside the canister. The National Park Service also stresses Leave No Trace practices (http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/lnt.htm)\, so you will need to be familiar with and practice these. For getting there\, we have several airport options (current ticket prices range around $550-$700)\, but we also will need to take a mix of bus\, taxi\, and/or private shuttle to get to the trailhead. You can expect your total expenses for this trip to be more than $1\,000. As the application for reserved permits will occur 168 days before the start of the trip\, those interested in attending will need to sign up before the end of January. Anyone extremely interested in joining after that point would need to rely on getting a walk-in permit for the preferred start date\, and would be doing so at their own risk of not being able to start and finish the trip within the planned travel dates. (In other words\, you may wind up being on your own.)
LOCATION:CA, United States
SUMMARY:New Hampshire: Cohos Trail Backpack to Percy Peaks and Mt. Sugarloaf (7/25 - 7/27)
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassador Julie LePage for a section hike on the Cohos Trail; a relatively new\, 162 mile hiking trail that runs from Bartlett\, NH to the Canadian border. We'll be hiking each of the nine sections over a series of weekends\, traveling from the southern end to the northern terminus - a passport is not needed\, just your sense of adventure. Join us for the whole series\, or for a single section... and be one of the first to hike this rugged trail system. For this 5th section of the Cohos Trail\, we'll be car camping Friday night and Saturday night at a local campground near the Nash Stream State Forest. Saturday's hike will include Bald Mountain\, the Victor Head Cliffs\, South Percy Peak and North Percy Peak. On Sunday\, we'll pick up where we left off and climb Mt. Sugarloaf (this is on the NHHH for those interested\, and yes\, there is more than one Sugarloaf in NH)\, and hike by the Devil's Jacuzzi\, and Nash Bog. Wondrous sights will be seen. Each day is about 11.3 miles and 3000 feet EG. Due to the rough terrain\, rock scrambling\, and exposed ledges\, this hike is not suitable for beginners. See https://www.cohostrail.org/index.html for more information about the Cohos Trail. Register at REGI link: https://regi.amcboston.org/727.
LOCATION:NH, United States
SUMMARY:California: How to Go Lighter
DESCRIPTION: [caption id="attachment_9443" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Ultralight Backpacking with Glen Van Peski[/caption] Join Gossamer Gear Founder Glen Van Peski who will present a “How to Go Lighter” clinic where he will examine the different considerations that allow reduction of pack weight\, review potential weight savings in “The Big Three”\, and discuss weights of food and water. The presentation will close by touching upon the “comfort” and “safety” objections to ultralight backpacking\, and opening for questions. Attendance is limited to 80 people\, and there will be a small admission charge as a fundraiser for the important work of the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
LOCATION:10918 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA, 96161, United States
SUMMARY:Arizona: Introduction to Backpacking Clinic (7/18-7/20)
DESCRIPTION:Join Trail Ambassador Dave "Lucky" Brunstein for a weekend-long backpacking class for those new to backpacking. It will be specifically geared to those that have never backpacked before and also for those that have only a couple of trips under their belt. The instructors will be experienced BCH hike leaders. We would also like experienced members to attend and add their input. While this is a backpacking class\, we will be group camping dispersively north of Woods Canyon Lake. All of the presentations will be at the campsite\, so no actual backpacking. The site has no facilities so you will need to bring plenty of water and be prepared to handle toiletries as per being in the backcountry. Plan to bring your camp chair\, dome tent\, and other car camping gear. If you don't have camping gear\, we will help you rent it before the trip. All of the presentations will be small groups with lots of hands-on practice. We'll make the learning interactive and fun. There'll be lots of opportunities for questions before\, during and after. While we'll cover a lot of material\, you'll be provided handouts and web links to research and review the topics back at home. To break things up\, we'll also squeeze in a short day hike since we're in Sedona! Here's the topics that will be covered: - Club culture and expectations - How to gear up on a budget - Gear systems (cook\, sleep\, clothing\, kits) - Water filtration - Basic Navigation - Food and nutrition - Hygiene and how to poop in the woods - Safety\, leave no trace\, and backcountry ethics - Camp skills (fire building\, site selection\, etc) - What we carry\, a review of our packs
LOCATION:AZ, 85938, United States
SUMMARY:Colorado: Women's Leadership and Adventure Summit 2014 (7/10-7/13)
DESCRIPTION:Trail Ambassador Heather Anderson\, known as “Anish\,” will be giving a talk at this year's summit titled Following Your Dreams: Setting a Speed Record on the Pacific Crest Trail\, about how an overweight teenage girl transforms to set the self-supported speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 2013. Anish completed the Triple Crown of Backpacking in 2006\, at the age of 25. She completed the Appalachian Trail in 2003\, Pacific Crest Trail in 2005\, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She has since taken up ultramarathon running\, completing six 100-mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50-mile events. She is well known for setting the overall self-supported speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days\, 17 hours\, 12 min)\, breaking the previous record by four days. Her writing has appeared in Ultrarunning Magazine\, and she speaks all over the country about her record setting hike. She is an ambassador for Gossamer Gear\, Altra shoes and a member of Team Seven Hills.
LOCATION:Golden, CO, United States