* A GOOD DEAL: An aunt said years ago when I moved to Washington that this would be the last time I'd be able to fit everything I owned in a car. She was right. If I moved now it'd take a large van -- mostly for my gear: several boats, a bike, backpacks, a tent, a never-used bouldering crash pad, climbing shoes, ski boots, Alpine skis, cross-county skis, etc. Regardless, there's always room for good equipment at good prices, which is what the Ski Touring Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club will have in abundance at its Ski Fair to be held Nov. 6 at PATC headquarters at 118 Park St. SE, Vienna. The event, which starts at noon, includes a ski gear swap and featured speakers and is a good place to load up on ski trip information for the upcoming season. Non-members are welcome. For more information, visit www.patc.net/chapters/ski/news.htm.

Also, Hudson Trail Outfitters will put together Outdoor Expos at its stores in Rockville and Pentagon Row in Arlington on Nov. 6 starting at 10 a.m. This is a good time to meet outdoor sports equipment reps and get technical advice for a wide range of gear and pursuits. There also will be clinics, product demonstrations and much else. For details, visit www.hudsontrail.com.

* WORK ON IT: The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts will host two trail work sessions next weekend. On Saturday, a group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot of Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station to help maintain stretches of the popular biking trails that roll along and near the Occoquan Reservoir. And on Oct. 31 MORE will head to Riverbend Park at 9:30 a.m. to tend sections of trails in the Great Falls park. You do not have to be a member to take part. For details on the work trips as well as scheduled mountain bike rides, visit www.more-mtb.org.

* MEETING: The Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited next will gather on Nov. 4 at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 400 Center St. The featured speaker will be fisheries biologist Craig N. Roghair, who'll touch upon "coldwater fisheries research and management on National Forest lands in Virginia and elsewhere in the southeastern U.S." His talk starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a fly-tying clinic at 6:45 p.m. Non-members are welcome. For more information, visit www.nvatu.org.

-- John Mullen