Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Apr 9 2006 - Difficult Day Hike on the AT (Roller Coaster) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider, Lucas Fisher
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Christine Larsen, Eric Austraw, Lucas Fisher, Chuck Kaslavage, alan scott, Herb Volker, Paul Shaklan, john reeder, Jesse Allen, Pamela Ng, Kyle Johnson, Angela Fernandez, Bobby Bauer, Emilio Ungerfeld, Kate Hicks, Chris Whalen, Andre McCabe

Write Up:
The Roller Coaster is a series of ascents and descents through the low mountains between Shenandoah National Park and Harpers Ferry. None of the climbs are particularly dramatic, but for being within an hour of D.C., it is a pretty challenging outdoor adventure.

We started the 14.8 mile hike early enough where the sixty degree day wasn't quite comfortable enough for a t-shirt and shorts. However, after going up and down the hills, we warmed up and removed some layers. While going down one hill, we encountered a slice of wildlife.

At the turn-off for the P.A.T.C.'s Blackburn Center, we split up. Our co-organizer Lucas took some folks down, to the Blackburn Center, while the rest hung out on an overlook on the ridge. The group that opted for the overlook found it a bit windy, so as soon as we met up with the Blackburn group, we got moving on the trail.

While still maintaining a brisk pace, we did the ups and downs once again and arrived back at our cars. Many of us took off to nearby Purcellville for a Casual Italian Dining Experience at Mario's. A lot of Calzones, Strombolis, Pizza and Chicken Parmigiana were enjoyed.

Thanks to those who came out and I hope you had a great time!

-Jeff Schneider

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