This week we hike to Shining Rock. As we did last year, we are offering you two options. Vince will lead the hike from the Big Sam parking area (8 mi, 1500′ cl). This group will begin the hike at 9 a.m.

For the more adventurous (or masochistically inclined) I will lead the hike from the Shining Rock trailhead at Big East Fork (9.5 mi, 2887′ cl). This group will begin the hike at 8:30 a.m.

Please RSVP and in your reply indicate which group you will be joining. Intervals of cloud and sunshine. Slight chance of a rain shower (15%). Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. High 62F.

Roan Mountain Outing Invitation

We haven’t visited Roan Mountain for the annual catawba rhododendron display in a long while–2015 The rhododendron display normally occurs in mid-June. All Wednesday Striders and Friday Hoofers and their non-hiking spouses are invited. Plan to spend the night of June 9 at the Richmond Inn in Spruce pine. Rooms will fill up fast. So make your reservation soon. Check the June schedule for details.

Wednesday Strider COVID-19 Update

Craig and I have spent considerable time discussing whether a COVID-19 vaccination is required to hike with the Wednesday Striders.  We have decided that the answer is yes.  Starting on the May 19 hike all Wednesday Striders will be required to be fully vaccinated.  This policy will apply to not just carpooling but hiking with the group as well.  Car-pooling allows us the option of featuring some of our popular shuttle hikes.

The reason for this policy is obvious.  It is to protect you and your fellow hikers. Thank you for your understanding and your respect of our hiker family.

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