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    MD AT Trip

    On Aug 22nd or 23rd I will be heading out to do the MD AT section (again) for 4-5 days, leaving from Pen Mar and hiking south to Harpers. This is not going to be a mile pounding hike, this is going to be a relaxing, sight seeing, gear testing hike.

    Any are welcome to join.... As it gets closer if there are others whom have showed interest I will post the actual start date (not sure at the moment, when kids (and family) are involved things get a little complicated..... I will not be able to shuttle anyone as my family will be dropping me off at PenMar (kids will prob hike a little with me, but not too sure), as of now I will have my truck at Harper's but that is up for change as my better half may borrow it but there is a possibility that I may be able to shuttle some back to PenMar (but this is "Not" 100%)...So if you can arrange for transport back to your vehicle then you have your 100% guarantee, sorry this is just how it is at the moment.

    As of now I do not have an itinerary, I will hike till I feel like stopping, but plan on stopping at shelters for the night (sleeping in my hammock of course)....
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    Hey Cranky Bear,

    I may be interested in going with you. May be my last (and only) chance to get out this year because of work. And even then, I may not be able to go. when it gets closer, lets reconnect and see where we both are. Hope things are good and Cranky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro Vagabond View Post
    Hey Cranky Bear,

    I may be interested in going with you. May be my last (and only) chance to get out this year because of work. And even then, I may not be able to go. when it gets closer, lets reconnect and see where we both are. Hope things are good and Cranky!

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    Wonderful, you are absolutely welcome to come with....

    Sure thing, I'll let ya know which day as it gets closer but more n more it's looking like it will be the 22nd as the start day. If it is the 22nd I should be on the trail at Pen Mar somewhere around 4pm or so.

    Thanks for the well wishes, and same to you my friend!
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    Sounds like a good time. If I can get saturday off Id be in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Tall View Post
    Sounds like a good time. If I can get saturday off Id be in.
    More than welcome to join.
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    Whoah! Sounds Cool! I might be able to do this too. Be wanting to do this exact SOBO for awhile but my usual hiking buddy blew his knee out and I didn't want to do it solo right now. I will keep this in mind and see if I can plan for it.

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    I'd love to go if I still lived in Maryland!

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    All are welcome, but just to refresh and make sure it's remembered this is a "Hike at your own pace" deal. I will be taking this a lot slower than usual, as well as longer. What would normally take 2-3 days to complete, I will take 4-5-6 (probably 5/6). Reason is I have no reason to rush, I want to test some gear for a upcoming hike, and enjoyment. Plus this is my last time off for a while and I want to savor it

    Also you will need to work out a shuttle, or a way for you to get back to your vehicle as I will unfortunately not be able to help.

    My plan is when I get to Harpers to get a good meal and a beer, and all are welcome to join for this as well.

    My hike plan as of now if I get to the trail head (Pen Mar) late (which will probably happen) is to hike to:
    Wed 22nd - Pen Mar - Raven Rock Shelter
    Thurs 23rd - Raven Rock - Ensign Cowall
    Fri 24th - Ensign Cowall - Pine Knob
    Sat 25th - Pine Knob - Rocky Run
    Sun 26th - Rocky Run - Ed Garvey (will be stopping in Gathland to get a soda as long as the machines are working, there is also the possibility if I get there early I might order a pizza and have it delivered????? as it's only 3.7 miles to Ed Garvey from Gathland)
    Mon 27th - Ed Garvey - Harpers Ferry

    This is a tentative schedule, but is most likely my plan as I don't think there is a possibility that I can get to Pen Mar earlier, but if I happen to get to the trail head early enough I will hike to Ensign first instead of stopping at Raven and continue with the plan.
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    Depending on work, this sounds like a go for me, if someone can give me a ride back to the starting point. I'm looking at starting at the parking lot on Rt. 16, which would seem like an easy place to start/park/find/etc. Of course, still a couple weeks away, but we'll see what happens. I could even pick someone up in HF and give them a ride to the start point in exchange for a ride back. If anyone doesn't want to go all the way or cant get all the time away, we could work out something for a shorter trip as well. I'm really flexible at this point. Haven't been out at all this year and just looking to hit the woods for a little while.



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    Just did that hike NOBO in May. Really enjoyed it. I highly recommend a meal at the Old South Mountain Inn & Restaurant. Fancy, but they welcome hikers.

    Also, it's a short blue blaze, but the overlook at the top of the climb from Pen-Mar is well worth it.

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