Join Trail Ambassadors Brian Horst and Jen Adach of the DC UL Meetup the Annual Gear Swap and Showcase!
Empty your gear closet — or fill it up.
We’re happy to be co-hosting this event with the Mid-Atlantic Backpackers.
We’ve reserved a group campsite at Elizabeth Furnace for the weekend. Located a short distance from Front Royal, the campsite sits near the start of the Signal Knob trail. If you are joining us to camp, please pay $10 at the event towards the site.
Start perfecting your chili recipes. Saturday night will feature a chili cook-off. The winner will get bragging rights and eternal fame. This year, we’re adding a showcase where members will display some of their gear so you can see them (somewhat) in action. DC UL members also will be available to review your pack and suggest simple tweaks to help you lighten your load.
And we’re asking you to give a little this year. We’re pleased to be working with the City Kids Wilderness Project, a group that offers kids the opportunity to explore the outdoors. To support their work, consider donating an older tent or sleeping bag. If not gear, then DC UL is collecting donations toward an REI gift card so they can purchase the gear they need.
We’re accepting donations from now until the gear swap. You can contribute via this page or by giving cash or a check to any organizer throughout Feburary and March. We appreciate your support of this wonderful group.
*** AGENDA FOR THE WEEKEND***
• Show up, set up your tent, and relax.
• Morning Hike to Signal Knob or Buzzard Rock. Leave at 8:30 a.m.
• Gear Swap and Showcase from 2 – 5 p.m., including a Backpacking 101 talk
• Pre-dinner Skill Sessions – Event ideas and how to lead a trip
• Chili cook-off starting at 6 p.m.
• Enjoy your new gear!
One last note about the campsite — there is no running water so plan to bring water with you or to bring a way to treat the water from Passage Creek.
Directions from 66: Take Exit 6 (Front Royal) off I-66. Take SR 340/522 South for 1.3 miles until you come to a stoplight. Turn right onto VA 55 west and continue for 5 miles to the small community of Waterlick. Turn left onto SR 678 and the entrance to the Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground will be on your left in about 3.5 miles.