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Stony Man Mountain Rating:
By aldikuma , hiked on: 7/23/2014
Great, short hike with amazing views. The trail going up to the Stony Man lookout was crowded, even on a weekday. No dogs allowed on this section, so we skipped it and continued on the white blazed trail. The views on the white blazed trail just before and at Little Stony Man were so beautiful and probably just as good as from Stony Man. Best of all, we met only two other hiker ... more >>>

Wildcat Mountain Rating:
By greenliving , hiked on: 1/4/2014
I AGREE WITH THE LAST POST! We were hoping for a nice post-New Year's experience, but NO, only if you want to meet the LESS THAN FRIENDLY HUNTERS on four-wheelers who dont like us and are well armed. My advice: dont leave the trail.. go to a real public park. ... more >>>

Big Schloss Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/18/2014
Although strenuous for the out-of-shape (like myself), Big Schloss is one of my favorite hikes! The view is as breathtaking as the hike itself. (Don't worry, there are plenty of rocks to sit and take a break on.) At the right time of year there are even blackberries and blueberries along the trail to munch on. I usually camp at the "base" of the trail in one of the well-maintai ... more >>>

Difficult Run Rating:
By Jackie K. , hiked on: 7/27/2014
This is awesome. I have nothing new to add other than.... *WARNING* About 50 to 100-ish feet of the trail was washed out from a flood. This part is on the Difficult Run part (or the first component) of the mapped route. There are two ways to get around this -- one is to scramble up a hill and series of tree roots, the other is to climb down on the rocks by the water ... more >>>

Browns Hollow Rating:
By Zendog74 , hiked on: 7/18/2014
We did the hike as an overnight hike and went backwards as it was a nice sunny day to be on the ridge and the following day was supposed to be rainy/overcast, so we felt it would be better to be in the hollow then. A nice hike overall. Not too much in the way of views or streams, but still pleasant. A couple of items to note:
  1. If you hike it backwards like ... more >>>

White Oak/Cedar Run Rating:
By A , hiked on: 7/27/2014
Overall the hike was a great one... trails were always easily visable and well marked I arrived at the parking area at around 9:00am and there were about 6 cars total (wen i got back the parking lot was packed... 20-30 cars) it had rainesd that night and morning so there were many standing poos of water in the midle of the trail for the first milke or so.  I wo ... more >>>

Sand Flat/Salamander Trail Rating:
By , hiked on: 7/27/2014
Good hike, nice length without a lot of elevation change.  Make sure you take your GPS because the directions can be hard to follow w/out one, and getting the Salamander Trail right was a bit slippery (it is not marked, and nearly overgrown in spots).  Did not see any bikers on my trail.  Did see (and eat) wild blackberries, and saw (but did not eat) a salamander! Or possibly a ... more >>>


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2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
In 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81.

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  • PATC is seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

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Xtreme Hike For Cystic Fibrosis
Have you ever considered an Xtreme benefit hike? Here is one happening at the Wintergreen Resort to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. It is being sponsored by Geico and Devil’s Backbone Brewery and will consist of two distances, 12 and 28 miles. For more information checkout the link below or contact Martin

Ticks and Lyme Disease
The ticks start coming out in the Spring, with the summer months of June and July prime ticks season. Help protect yourself from Lyme Disease and make sure to take the proper precautions. Apply a repellent with 30%+ deet, and consider using a clothing repellent like Permathrin that kills ticks.

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Wild - by Cheryl Strayed

Partial review from Dwight Garner, The New York Times:
"“...Wild” recounts the months Ms. Strayed spent, during the summer of 1995, when she was 26, hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State..."
"...The clarity of Ms. Strayed’s prose, and thus of her person, makes her story, in its quiet way, nearly as riveting an adventure narrative as Jon Krakauer’s two “Into” books: those matey fraternal twins, “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air...”

A Walk For Sunshine - by Jef Alt Review
Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked on through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $150,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives.

The Mid-Atlantic Hiker's Guide: West Virginia - by Michael V. Juskelis

Michael Juskelis’ dedication to the outdoors, as well as decades and many thousands of miles of hiking experience, is in evidence throughout his new guide to a selection of West Virginia’s most beautiful trails.

With 64 backpacking and day hikes this new West Virginia hiking guide is a must have for old-salt hikers looking for that new route, as well as the beginner trying to find an easier hike with gorgeous scenery.

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