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Nathaniel (Nate) Lee, coordinator
(240) 581-1760
ndlee1@gmail.com

Dan McQueen, coordinator
(410) 730-5957
danmcqueen99@hotmail.com

 

Nate Lee

Nate Lee

 

Dan McQueen

Dan McQueen

 

Mid-Atlantic

No snow for shoeing Saturday

There isn't even total ground cover at New Germany State Park in Garrett County, Maryland, and it's closed to skiing. So the Saturday, Jan. 26 snowshoe outing is postponed. We want to do it when conditions permit.

Questions? E-mail Dan McQueen at danielfmcqueen@gmail.com or call (410) 730-5957 or e-mail Nathaniel Lee at ndlee1@gmail.com or call 443 820-3253.

Trip Report: Hike up Big Schloss

 

Big Schloss

By DAN McQUEEN
Chapter co-coordinator

Saturday, Nov. 24 — At 6:36 a.m., with the temperature hovering at 26 degrees and a good breeze, Andrew Pendergast from Calvary Community Church and Dan McQueen drove west for two hours and 10 minutes to the Big Schloss parking area on forest road 92 in George Washington National Forest, Virginia.

Starting at 1,500-foot elevation we hiked up 1,400 feet over 3.7 miles along Stony Creek to Sugar Knob Cabin. We talked to a man who camped out the night before with his 10-year-old son, who was on his first backpack. We continued up to the ridgeline at 3,250 feet, where we were treated to some great views in both directions. It was sunny and cold so the sights and remaining colors were vivid. It was calm as we arrived on top of Big Schloss at 8.9 miles, where the views were even more spectacular, and just in time for lunch. It was an easy hike back down the mountain to the car arriving at 2:43 p.m., completing the 12.5-mile circuit.

We arrived home at 5:10 p.m.

Trip Report: Hike on Old Rag Mountain

 

Old Rag bagpiper

Nicholas Seaman, Uriah Simonton, Sarah Beth Cassel, Rodney Whitman and Dan McQueen hiked Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, Nov. 3. Nic and Uriah came with full packs of climbing gear as a climbing guidebook said there is some of the best rock climbing  in the Mid-Atlantic on Old Rag.

Old Rag is the best known hike in this region. It is an interesting and challenging circuit hike of about eight miles featuring more than 2,000 vertical feet of climbing with the last mile a boulder and rock scramble up a ridge. On a clear day there are beautiful 360 degree views from the top.

Due to the popularity of this hike we started at the lower parking lot with hundreds of others. This added two miles to the hike. After a mile hiking up along the road we started up the Ridge Trail through the woods for another two miles, passing most of the crowd.

We emerged onto the rocky ridge with great views. At a spot where the trail is very narrow and difficult to climb we encountered a long line waiting to get through. Uriah and Nic climbed a steep wall and disappeared. A short time later, Sarah Beth and Rodney climbed a steep crack in the wall. We assembled up the trail where Nic and Uriah found one of the climbing rocks they were looking for and stopped to do some rock climbing.

Sarah Beth, Rodney and Dan continued to the summit for lunch as a bagpiper played Amazing Grace (photo above). The trio descended the easy way around the mountain back to the parking lot. We completed the 9.7-mile circuit hike climbing and descending 2,590 feet in about 4½ hours.

 

Old Rag hikers

Past Events

Setting the Route: The chapter focused on setting routes for the climbing towers at River Valley Ranch in Maryland on May 25 and 26. CLICK HERE to see the results.

Kick-Off Dinner: Chapter co-coordinator Nate Lee reports: “The Mid-Atlantic kick-off dinner has come and gone — it was great! We came, we devotioned, we pigged out on pasta and ice cream, we learned about Climbing For Christ, and spent some time getting to know each other. With 18 people showing up for our first meeting (April 27 at Columbia, Md. Presbyterian Church) and another dozen or so regretting they couldn't make it, I think we'll have some good times here in the Mid-Atlantics. We're excited to see where God is going to take this chapter and it's members. All present were very enthusiastic about the upcoming year — so stay tuned to where we're headed — it should be fun! Praise God for the response and that His people like to climb!”

 

Meet Your Coordinators

Nate Lee

Born: 1978. Residence: Ellicott City, Md. Personal: Husband and father of three. Occupation: Analyst.

How long have you climbed? Off and on for 14 years.

Type of climbing you do: Rock (trad, sport, indoor, outdoor, top rope), ice, hiking/backpacking, some mountaineering, also trail running.

How long have you been a Christian? All my life.

Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Family, music, sports, international missions.

Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 2 Corinthians 1:3-6. Because God reminds me that when we suffer it is for a reason — so others will come to know Him.

Highlight of climbing career: The highlight of my climbing career would have to be helping others reach a peak in Colorado every week for an entire summer. I was working as a guide in the Sangre de Cristo mountains for a Christian outfitter. Among other things we would guide kids and adults up a pretty rigorous 13,000-foot peak. It was amazing to be a part of the spiritual, emotional, and physical transformation as they struggled up to the peak. These are the moments I live for — the moments that I feel God has created me for.

Special "God moment" you'd like to share: When faced with the inevitable death of one of my children I cried out to the Lord, in anger and frustration. He met with me in the most amazing way. As I sat on the roof of a hospital in Denver, Jesus sat with me and wept with me. I know His plan is perfect, no matter what it may seem like at that moment.

Dan McQueen

Born: 1939. Residence: Columbia, Md. Personal: Married (42 years) with two children and five grandchildren. Occupation: Retired Information Technology Professional

How long have you climbed? First climbed mountains on Appalachian Trail up to 6000-plus feet in 1990.

Type of climbing you do: Mostly trekking. First large mountain was Kilimanjaro in September 1998; others Aconcagua, Rainier, Kosciuszko; trekked in Peru to over 16,000 feet, Nepal, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand.

How long have you been a Christian? About 29 years

Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: I grew up in competitive team sports of football, basketball and baseball. Upon retirement I planned to buy West Virginia mountain property to build a house and grow fruit, vegetables, flowers, etc. God led me into individual outdoor sports, including running, hiking, climbing, biking, golfing, canoeing/kayaking, and scuba diving — from mountain tops to under the sea on all seven continents. I have witnessed to thousands, touching hundreds, including family (siblings and their families), church, friends, fellow travelers and people I have met while traveling.

Favorite Scripture verse? "Prove all things, hold fast that which is good." — 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV). I believe this is the key verse to understanding God through the Bible in our current society. We are bombarded by relativism, which has crept into our thinking — including many Christians. Most people think nothing can be proved, nothing is absolute. This is satan's deception. Man wants to make decisions and live his life based on half-truths, which ultimately leads to disaster.

Highlight of climbing career: I don't consider myself a climber, but I would have to say Aconcagua is the highlight. I was on a big mountain in an expedition setting, which I wanted to experience.

Special "God moment" you'd like to share: Over the years I have had many "God moments" in the form of revelations, understanding and protection in dangerous situations. As a new Christian I was wrestling with God with questions, doubts and personal problems. I started running for the hundredth time for my health, which wasn't very good. Despite trying to run through a chronic condition I had to stop running. I tried almost every day for weeks to run but couldn't. Then it dawned on me and I prayed reminding God that I was not running for myself, but for my health in obedience to HIM. The next day I ran. About six months later I had another type of injury that stopped me from running. This time it took me about a week to realize my folly and pray. Again I ran the next day and for the last 28 years. Between these two events there was a hostage situation where the terrorists were killing a hostage every few hours. I couldn't go to bed and prayed until about 3:30 a.m. The next day the terrorists gave up peacefully without killing any more hostages. All three incidences were undeniable miracles. I have been a man of faith since — sustained by many reinforcing answers to prayer.

  • Read Dan's account of the 40.9-mile Hike Across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail on May 5, 2007. CLICK HERE

Calendar

Tentative schedule for meetings and events (gathering the last weekend of most months):

December meetings to be determined.
 
January 2008 — Climbing film and/or snowshoeing/cross-country skiing.
 
February 2008 — Climbing film and/or snowshoeing/skiing.
 
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