Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Dec 3 2005 - Difficult Day Hike on the AT (Roller Coaster) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider, Lucas Fisher
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Linh Phu, Aron Kansal, Christine Di Lapi, Frank Maida, Laura Paszkiewicz, Paul Shaklan, James Kim, Lucas Fisher, Bob Laird, Nicholas Cirri, michael thomey, Kate Hicks, Andrew Singleton

Write Up:
This hike was not quite a chilly scene of Winter, as the season doesn't officially start until Dec. 21st @ 1:35 p.m. Also, despite the low temperature, we weren't that cold because we were moving so quick up and down and up and down and up and down and up and down on the 'Roller Coaster' section of the Appalachian Trail.

Early in the morning, everyone was very prompt and responsible by making it to the trailhead on time. We were able to get going right away and soon were on top of Bears Den Rocks. There, Bob pointed out Signal Knob way out west, which is the northern most part of Massanutten Mountain. A couple members were very excited about this, as it was just a few months ago that we were on top of Signal Knob on a very hot August day. Seasons change.

Many ups and downs later, we made it to the lunch spot of Buzzard Hill. Laura found a comfortable spot in a tree while we relaxed and hunkered down on the rocks. After letting our food digest a bit, we turned around for a return trip on the Roller Coaster. There is very little flat ground in this section - it is a long series of appx. 500 feet climbs and descents. A wonderful way to naturally stay warm on cold days.

After arriving back to the cars, we headed east on the Dulles Toll Road for dinner. The original choice of Bonefish Grill was deemed a bit too fancy for our Motley Crew, so we settled on a nearby Steakhouse. There we passed on the Black Bean soup, thanks to our server's honest suggestion. However, we did enjoy chili, chicken and hamburgers. A fire alarm gave everyone a jolt but a Server instructed us to stay still, so we just sat and talked about music festivals, punk rock, the art of bagel serving at Dunkin' Donuts, and Lucas's trip to London.

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

--Jeff Schneider

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