Each trip is all day on Wednesday, June 7. All field trips will run rain or shine, so rain gear may be necessary if the weather is bad. They may require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over-the-ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended. Lunches, snacks and water will be provided to all field trip attendees.
Leaders: Skip Watts and George Stephenson (Radford University)
This field trip will explore several geologic and geotechnical issues and past landslide activity related to the formation of Mountain Lake and relatively recent declining water levels. Mountain Lake is famous as the filming location for the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.
Leaders: Robin Reed (Schnabel Engineering) and Bob Whisonant (Radford University)
A field trip exploring a variety of geologic features and rock slope stability issues in SW Virginia including the Pulaski Fault, injection breccias, ancient rock-block slides, and the Narrows Landslide.
Leaders: Anne Witt (VA DGMR) and Dick Whitehead (Wiley|Wilson Engineering)
This field trip will explore debris flow features in Nelson County associated with Hurricane Camille in 1969 and discuss the history and impact of this event on the local community. Headscarps, debris flow tracks and fans will be explored in the Fortune Cove area, where over 100 coalescing debris flows occurred. This field trip will require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.
Leaders: Matt Heller (VA DGMR) and Rich Whittecar (ODU)
This field trip will explore geomorphic features and deposits of ancient debris fans in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Recent Beryllium-10 dating of ancient debris fans sheds light on landscape evolution in the Southern Appalachians. This field trip will require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended.
Leaders: David Spears (Virginia State Geologist) and geologists from the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
This field trip will take the attendees along the "Brew Ridge Trail" of Nelson County, Virginia for a beer-tasting excursion. Along the way field trip leaders will discuss the complex geologic and landslide history of the area, including the destructive debris flows from Hurricane Camille in 1969. Beer tastings may be purchased individually at each brewery for an additional fee. This field trip will require minimal walking on flat terrain (mostly with a beer).