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When: December 25–26, 2016
Where: Vienna, VA
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On the eve of our tenth decade, join us for our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 17, where we will again meet and dine in the lovely Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Va. We will begin the festivities at 6 p.m. with a social gathering, followed by a buffet-style dinner. The cost is $45 per person and the RSVP deadline is Nov. 7. Register early as this event may sell out. Please consider saluting PATC's 89 years of service on the trails by upgrading to a... Details
When: November 17, 2016
Where: Vienna, VA
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This two-day, low-mileage cabin format course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. Through focused activities, hands-on field experience and both formal and informal discussions, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills and increase your... Details
When: November 12–13, 2016
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Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The 2 day course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. It includes 2 co-led hikes with an experienced hike leader We cover how to handle basic first aid, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing,... Details
When: November 5–6, 2016
Where: Round Hill, VA
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When: October 25 – November 3, 2016
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This two-day, low-mileage cabin format course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. Through focused activities, hands-on field experience and both formal and informal discussions, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills and increase your... Details
When: September 17–18, 2016
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Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The 2 day course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. It includes 2 co-led hikes with an experienced hike leader We cover how to handle basic first aid, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing,... Details
When: July 23–24, 2016
Where: Round Hill, VA
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This two-day, low-mileage backpacking format course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. Through focused activities, hands-on field experience and both formal and informal discussions, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills and increase your... Details
When: June 25–26, 2016
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Backpacking 101 is designed for people with no backpacking experience and those seeking to update rusty skills after several years away from the sport. Instruction covers equipment selection and use, information and techniques to enhance safety and comfort, and Leave No Trace methods to protect our fragile backcountry environment. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

When: May 16 – June 12, 2016
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Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The 2 day course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. It includes 2 co-led hikes with an experienced hike leader We cover how to handle basic first aid, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing,... Details
When: April 16–17, 2016
Where: Harpers Ferry, WV
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This two-day, low-mileage backpacking format course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. Through focused activities, hands-on field experience and both formal and informal discussions, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills and increase your... Details
When: April 2–3, 2016
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Please join our partners and friends in land conservation for this special event. For more information contact Edna Baden, staff director, at ebaden@patc.net or call her at 703/242-0693, Ext. 105. Members and guests are cordially invited to the 88th Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015! The event will be held at the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Va. Members of the strategic planning committee will be on hand... Details
When: November 17, 2015
Where: Vienna, VA
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The Trail Patrol offers a one day training course for people who are interested in improving their hike leader skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and field based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers. Bring a pen or pencil for taking notes, and a snack and lunch if preferred (there are several restaurants... Details
When: October 10, 2015
Where: Vienna, VA
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Instructor Mark Chapin, USAF ret., PATC Tulip Tree Cabin Overseer A Hands-on Experiential Learning Opportunity for Adults and Youth (Minimum age 12. Minors must be accompanied by an adult) Topics: > Building the Ultimate Wilderness Survival Kit > Preparing for Survival...Mentally and Physically > Finding and Making Debris Shelters > Finding and Purifying Scarce Water > Making Snares, Dead Falls, and Defensive Weapons > Finding Cordage Materials...Cattail, Milkweed, Dog Bane, &... Details
When: September 23, 2015
Where: Vienna, VA
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This two-day, low-mileage cabin format course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and ethics and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. Through focused activities, hands-on field experience and both formal and informal discussions, you will be introduced to concepts and methods that will advance your knowledge of Leave No Trace issues, expand your repertoire of low-impact skills and increase your... Details
When: September 19–20, 2015