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Catoctin Hike/Banff Film Festival

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Catoctin Mountain Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 24 2010  1:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 12:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 7 2010 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 21 2010 12:59 pm
Event Duration:9 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Organizer(s):
Kim Buhrman
Paul Shaklan
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:21
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 21 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

It's an adventure day! This is a joint event with the Endurance Meetup We'll meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 1:00 p.m. and start the day with a 8.5 mile hike at Catoctin Mountain Park. View map here:
This loop is a moderate hike with a few steep inclines. This trail is the longest loop in the Park and features Cunningham Falls, Maryland´┐Żs largest cascading waterfall at 78 feet and five stunning vistas. The Hog Rock Vista is the highest elevation overlook, reaching 1610 ft. We will also visit Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rocks (a rock scrambler's paradise) and Chimney Rocks. Our hike will last approximately 5 1/2 hours with short breaks at the highlighted points above and a longer stop for dinner (please pack plenty of water, snacks and dinner). After our day in the great outdoors, be prepared to be truly inspired...

7:00: Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour, Mt. St. Mary's College The Tour showcases award winning short films, which capture the spirit of the outdoors, culture, adventure and the environment with magnificent cinematography. This year's films will include adventure sports such as base jumping, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and skiing. I have secured preferred group seating and a group discount ($2 off each ticket= $11/adult, $8/student), and will collect money at the door. The Festival lasts about 3 hours. There is an intermission with great door and raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit the Mt. St. Mary's Outdoor Club. Every year, I look forward to this Festival. The films are unforgettable and you realize there are people out there much crazier (and way more talented) than you can imagine. For more information (Films are listed under the Baltimore location...they still have last year's under the Emmitsburg list). There will be live music between 7:00 - 7:30. The Americana/Bluegrass/Acoustic sounds of The Yardslippers. Check them out at:

Feel free to join for either just the hike or film festival...just note in your RSVP. This event is open to older children (10+) who can hike 8.5 miles at a comfortable pace (I will be bringing my 12 year old son). FYI - there's usually some language in the films (after all, these are people doing extreme things!)

For Banff Festival only: Directions to Mt. St. Mary's: I-70 West to Frederick. From Frederick get on Rt. 15 North. About 5 miles past the town of Thurmont the University will be on your left; look for directional signs to Knott Auditorium parking (16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7797 ).

Hope to see you there!

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking shoes/
Money for Film Festival $11
sense of adventure
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Washington DC take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 beltway to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. The Visitor Center is on the right.

From Baltimore, MD Take I695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. The Visitor Center is on the right.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 12:00 pm
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