Background on the 50-Mile Walk
On February 9, 1963, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy walked from Great Falls, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The journey was initialized by his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who had reiterated an earlier 50 mile military walking challenge of President Teddy Roosevelt.
Now, we've recreated the same walk at the same place and roughly the same time each year. This event is organized by the FreeWalkers, a social network of long distance walkers, that hosts spectacularly challenging national and international walking events. This event is a special one since it commemorates the significance of the "50-mile hike" started in 1963.
Bobby, ever the spark plug in an active administration, decided to take the challenge himself, long before the troops. So, three days after the initial idea was set in motion, the Attorney General set out with his staff on the most natural long trail in the area, the C&O Canal Towpath, and headed north to Harper's Ferry. It was more than they bargained for, and only one would make the distance. In dress Oxford shoes, no less. Guess who?
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2,000 People Participate in First Day Hikes
Staff and volunteers hosted 33 guided hikes at 21 state parks on New Year’s Day. From beachside marshes to rocky cliffs, each park offered its own unique adventure and walk.
A total of 2,034 hikers logged 4,030 miles.
“First Day Hikes are becoming a New Year’s tradition with thousands of citizens starting the new year off immersed in the great outdoors,” said Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton. “My family and I enjoyed a tremendous outing at Cedarville with a beautiful three-mile trek. We enjoyed some quality time together and made some lasting memories.”
Maryland takes part in the national First Day Hikes initiative, which for past six years has encouraged Americans to celebrate the outdoors on the first day of the year. Sponsored by America’s State Parks, the hikes highlight the value of public lands and state parks in providing year-round enjoyment, recreation and relaxation.
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All are invited to kick-off the New Year with an invigorating First Day Hike at a nearby state park, as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – once again – takes part in the national New Year’s Day event of outdoor exploration and recreation.
A record-breaking 2,177 people spent the first day of 2016 participating in a First Day Hike in Maryland with participants logging a total of 4,531 miles.
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There are 29 Guided Hikes Scheduled at 27 Maryland State Parks. A list of the first-day hikes here.
The Department of Natural Resources has several programs and special rates for military veterans, active duty service members, and prisoners of war. Click the link below for a brief summary, with links to more information.
Per the Department of Natural Resources:
Welcome to the Fall Foliage & Festival report for the weekend of October 8 and 9, brought to you by the Maryland Office of Tourism and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Well, the fall foliage is getting quite colorful in Garrett County and we’re getting word from Deep Creek Lake State Park that there is an abundance of gorgeous color to be had! The region is basking in the glow of Indian summer and if you’re planning to head west this weekend, you should meet with fantastic viewing conditions. In neighboring Allegany County, the leaves are still about a week-and-a-half from peak, with Washington and western Frederick counties expected to follow closely behind.
Reports from Green Ridge State Forest? in Allegany indicate current conditions there are simply glorious; the maples and dogwoods have turned vibrant red, the hickories a golden yellow, and the black gums, an orangish-red… Virginia creeper winding itself around the hickories is showing up a blazing scarlet, and the oaks are just now starting to change.
The weekend forecast shows showers Saturday giving way to sunshine on Sunday, with daytime highs near 60°F and overnight temperatures falling to around 40°F.
So pack a couple sweaters, a rain jacket and an umbrella and you’ll be all set for a weekend of sight-seeing!
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Over the years, many people have taken pictures on Mountain Club hikes.
Where did the pictures go?
Paid-up members who are registered users of the web site can click on "General" in the main menu, then on "Gallery". (Or click here.)
There are over 1,000 photographs in our gallery, and the number is growing.
If YOU have pictures that we should publish on the web site, please contact the webmaster, and we'll work with you to get them published.
The hike schedule has been updated. There are currently almost 150 hikes and events scheduled all the way through to the end of next February.
Paid-up members who are logged in can view the full schedule here.
Visitors can find a trimmed version here.
We've added a new page to describe the Mountain Club's responsibilities regarding the maintenance of the Appalachian Trail.
See the new menu option called "A.T. Maintenance". Or click here to view the new page.
Climbing Everest: The 1989 American Expedition to MT. Everest
Friday October 14, 2016 @ 7p.m.
with Ken Frick
Location: Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228
Reservations Required, Seating is Limited, Donation Appreciated call or e-mail Banneker Historical Park and Museum at 410-887-1081 or BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov
Sponsored by The Mountain Club of Maryland and Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.
Hear Ken’s fascinating story with photos as a member of the 1989 American Everest Expedition. The preparations, the trek, the challenges, the beauty. The expedition had two primary goals; the first being to put the first American woman on the summit and the second to put the first Mexican on the summit. On May 16, 1989, Ricardo Torres became the first Mexican to Summit Mt. Everest. Ken will also share his insights on the differences from ’89 to the present that are contributing to the problems on Everest today.
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