What It Is Like to Rent From Us

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We rented some gear from Capitol Hill Outfitters for a long weekend backpacking and hiking trip in World's End State Park and Ricketts Glen State Park in Northern Pennsylvania. We had most of everything ourselves, but just needed one pack, two sleeping pads, and a sleeping bag. Tim gave us some options and recommendations from his selection, and we ended up perfectly set up! What's more, the prices were super affordable. We had an incredible trip, and the gear was tip top. 100% recommend using Capital Hill Outfitters. —Graham Robertson

Rent Your Gear Now!

Capitol Hill Outfitters is going to Yosemite National Park!

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Join us for a five day, four night backpacking adventure in one of America's most iconic parks. We've planned a route that will give newcomers a real taste of California wilderness, and allow experts some free time for High Sierra adventures. 

Trip highlights: John Muir Trail, Cathedral Lakes, Cloud's Rest, Half Dome, Little Yosemite Valley, Lake Merced, and on and on!

Trip logistics: 

  • Arrivals October 20, Departures October 26 into and out of San Francisco

  • First and last night accommodations in the park 

  • Hiking days Monday, October 21 through Friday October 25

Price: $699 single, $999 two people  

  • Includes ground transportation to and from Yosemite, lodging 

  • Includes group gear (tents, cookware, group safety gear) 

  • Includes group meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 

  • Includes any rentals of individual gear you need 

  • Does not include flights 

For a $199 deposit you can reserve your spot today! 

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Get Outside This Month

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With the weather warming up and the idea of being outside becoming more and more appealing, we've found some great organizations to help you get hiking. And we've got you covered when it comes to gear (ie we have A LOT of backpacks to help you get through any nature walks).

May 4—Hike Like a Girl hosted by the African American Nature & Parks Experience
Casual hikers, extreme hikers, however you define yourself, this event is for you! Join our friends at the African American Nature & Parks Experience by participating in their annual Hike Like A Girl event! It's simple to get involved:  1) Get out for a hike on any trail you want on May 4-5; 2) Take a photo from your hike; 3) Share it on social media using the hashtag #HIKELAG2019 and tagging the giveaway sponsors. Visit their website for more details.

May 12—Waterfalls, Wine & Beer: Catoctin Mountain State Park, MD hosted by Trails and Ales
Make sure you register in advance for this moderate 5 mile hike paired with a visit to an adjourning brewery and vineyard.

May 14—Mappy Hour DC: Exploring the Anacostia Boat Tour hosted by Mappy Hour
Join Mappy Hour and Anacostia Riverkeeper for a boat tour of the Anacostia River! There will be snacks and drinks during a boat ride down the river. Attendees will learn about the river's history, wildlife, the environmental threats it faces, and the solutions being employed to help it realize its full potential. For more details and to register visit their website. There are future events in June, July & August.

Plan a hike any day! Check out Hiking Upward to get info about hikes in Virignia, Maryland, West Virginia and North Carolina and select the one that will work best for you or your group!

Join Us for a Local Adventure!

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We're going for a day hike! Join us on April 14 at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to cap.hill.outfitters@gmail.com. This will be a family-friendly jaunt in Prince William Forest in Virginia, just off I-95. We'll talk trails, gear, animals, and kids, while we enjoy the benefits of fresh air. Park at the visitor center and we'll do one of a few loops from there. There are over 37 miles of hiking trails in the Park.

Need a ride? Let us know and we'll try to arrange carpools. Need a backpack (child carrier or otherwise) or water storage? We have those! We'll bring the maps, you bring your own water and snacks.

Wilderness First Aid Tips

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As the weather improves, it’s exciting to be able to spend more time exploring the great outdoors. While being in nature is great, make sure you are prepared for those long hikes and camping in warm weather by checking out these tips about Blisters and Dehydration.

With some prior knowledge you’ll be prepared to recognize and respond quickly if one of these issues does arise on your next adventure.

Time to Start Your Summer Travel Plans

Picture this — the open road. Running under waterfalls to cool off after a day in the hot sun. S’mores next to a campfire under a full moon, listening to owls hoot and crickets chirp. Awaking to the crisp mountain air after a night under the stars. Views for miles that make memories you and your kids will remember forever. If you want this, do you know where to start? We’ll help find the right park or forest for you, plan the mode (Motel? Camper? Car camp? Backpacking?) and logistics, and help outfit you with all the gear you’ll need to enjoy the great outdoors this summer. Contact us at caphilloutfitters@gmail.com to get started on planning your perfect summer road trip adventure today! 

What the Shutdown Meant to National Parks

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While the federal government partial shutdown officially ended on Friday, January 25, the damage done by 35 days of lack of oversight and lack of maintenance will take weeks, months, or even years for our national parks to recover from.

So, what can you do to help? First, always remember to #LeaveNoTrace when you visit the outdoors. Second, visit these resources to see how you can help:

National Parks Foundation

National Parks Conservation Association

• locally, Rock Creek Park Conservancy and Shenandoah National Park Trust

Still Searching for the Perfect Gift?

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Looking to give a truly unique gift this year? How about gifting an experience like a weekend of car camping all set up upon your arrival? For just $199 for two people, $249 for a group or family of four, or $299 for group/family of six Capitol Hill Outfitters will provide everything but clothes and food for a weekend at an established car camp site with a fire ring, set up prior to your arrival.

Contact us to make your plans!