We’ve said it before—DC ULers are an active bunch. As we settle into our new routines, many are looking for ways to stay active and fit while social distancing at home. But how do you carve out space to exercise at home? If you’ve met DC UL member Trisha Christian, you’ve probably heard about her... Continue Reading →
We're creating this list of trail closures and other COVID-19 updates related to hiking and outdoor activities. Email organizer[at]dculbackpacking.com if you see anything else that should be added to the list. As a reminder, DC UL Backpacking has suspended all activities due to the ongoing situation. National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm AT Shelters and Privies Closed:... Continue Reading →
Hiking communities and associations are urging hikers and backpackers to carefully consider their outdoor recreation plans to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). A number of states and localities, both in our region and across the United States, have issued stay-at-home / shelter-in-place orders. Also, a number of trails and parks have closed access... Continue Reading →
DC UL Backpacking will be suspending all trips through the end of March, and then making decisions on a bi-weekly basis about trips in April. The health and safety of our members and our organizers are of utmost concern to us. If you are signed up for any trips, your trip leaders (if they haven’t... Continue Reading →
I wasn’t expecting snow, but I was pleasantly surprised by the dusting of snow that covered the trail as we started along the AT from Caledonia. This route is, more or less, a classic one for DC UL and one that is enjoyable in any season. I especially enjoy it in the winter since the... Continue Reading →
Yes. Even DC UL has been touched by the Baby Yoda craze. (And yes, I know this is the same photo as the Alpha VMO trip report--thanks, Karan!--but I may just use it for everything now.) Okay. Onto the trip report -- and our SNP series is underway! Evan headed up the VMO route, tackling... Continue Reading →
First, I should assure everyone that I do know my alphabet -- having the Beta SNP trip fall before Alpha was mainly to accommodate my schedule. Plus, to be honest, I was eager to dive into this hiking project and investigate trails in the park that I had not yet explored. My original plan had... Continue Reading →
This particular loop is one of my favorites as it gives you a sampling of all that Dolly Sods has to offer -- open meadows and views, rhododendron flanked paths, and (of course) Lions Head.