Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Oct 15 2005 - Difficult Day Hike on AT (Pen Mar Park) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider, Lucas Fisher
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Rob, Matt Toerper, KC Yi, Lora Polowczuk, Ronit Fix, Jeffrey Staggs, Delila Causevic, Lucas Fisher, Nicholas Cirri, Jennifer Hansen, Kate Hicks, Andrew Paquette, Terrence Brann

Write Up:
Promptly at 10 a.m., we parked our cars where there was no parking lot and got ready at the trailhead for our long hike. After Lucas fixed a problem with Jeff's new hydration system, we began the ascent up to High Rock. It's a steep, but short climb from rt. 491, but then the trail flattens out for a couple miles before High Rock.

On High Rock, we enjoyed a peaceful break while looking out in the beautiful Valley near the Mason Dixon line. There was much talk about Thomas Pynchon's book about Mason and Dixon, but nobody had actually read the book. After some analysis, we figured out that it was the town of Waynesboro that we could see to the right. Also, it was quite obvious why High Rock is popular with Hand Gliders--there are a lot of open fields below!

Jeff warned everyone about the perils of the steep rocky area after High Rock, which turned out not to be too bad--it just slowed us down for a bit. We arrived at Pen Mar park at different times and enjoyed the covered overlook, restrooms and late Southbound Thru-Hikers.

After a quick six mile walk back to the cars, we headed out to Frederick to enjoy some Chinese food. As promised, China Garden brought us free food!

Thanks to everyone for coming out and I hope you had a good time!

--Jeff Schneider

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