Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Mar 20 2005 - Difficult Day Hike on the AT (Compton Peak) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Chris Whalen
Participants:Chris Whalen, Jeff Schneider, Paul Shaklan, Galen Wilkerson, Michael Lashinsky, John Hughes, H. Tran, Eric Austraw, alan scott

Write Up:
I would like to thank everybody who came out for this hike. It was a good group of people. There was a lot of joking around but some serious conversation as well. We had some interesting moments before starting the hike. John drove pass the carpool even though the Vienna metro station hasn't moved, but he had the directions to the trailhead. Galen left his house in Carlisle, PA, when we were 30 minutes from the parking lot for the hike. He still came. Now that's dedication.

We followed the Appalachian Trail south into Shenandoah National Park. Our first stop was Fort Windham Rocks. Most of us enjoyed the view from there. We saw one of the overlooks at Compton Peak. Paul and Mike accidentally entered one of the fissures in the rocks and looped back to the beginning. We proceeded to the top of Compton Peak. On the way we encountered snow. We went to the "bad" overlook first and took some pictures. Then, we went to the "good" overlook. We sat down and ate our lunch. I tried to setup my camera to do a group shot but couldn't find a suitable "tripod". But we got a couple of group pictures for the website. As we were leaving the overlook to head back, we stumbled across Galen. He caught up to us! We returned the same way and it was rather uneventful. In the parking lot, most of the people were changing out of their hiking shoes. That's when I discovered why there weren't any women on the hike. Take a look at the picture of Jeff's foot! We went to a Mexican restaurant in Front Royal that Jeff recommended. It was pretty good food.

--Chris Whalen

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