Pond Run (or… What Happened to Those New Backpackers)

It started off a little ominously. The morning was dreary, with a foggy overcast that threatened rain.   We had assembled a team of 6 new backpackers, one with a few trips under his belt, and three experienced leaders, including myself.  One of the crew lost a split ring off a cotter pin on his older…Read more Pond Run (or… What Happened to Those New Backpackers)

No Place I’d Rather Be…

Taken on day six of eleven along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, this was atop Stony Man Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.  Though I was tired, run-down, and smelled even worse than I looked - there's no place I'd rather be! This was posted in response to the Daily Post's Weekly Photo Challenge - I'd…Read more No Place I’d Rather Be…

Dayhike: Hawksbill, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Rising above the very deep valley of East Hawksbill Creek, Hawksbill is the tallest mountain in Shenandoah National Park, standing at 4,049 ft above sea level, and beating out neighboring Stony Man by 38 feet.  Aside from its superlative height within the park, its dramatic prominence over its namesake creek (over 2,000 feet) makes Hawksbill…Read more Dayhike: Hawksbill, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Dayhike: Bearfence Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

A short, but extremely scenic and exhilarating scramble over boulders and cliffs to the rocky ridgeline of Bearfence Mountain at 3,545 feet. From the Bearfence Parking area on Skyline Drive (Mile 55.5), take the blue-blazed Bearfence trail up and over the cliffs.  Keep your hands free, and be ready to climb.  The view on top…Read more Dayhike: Bearfence Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia