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Roaring Plains Adventure

Mother Nature tends to throw the most curve balls in the winter. We were dealt a major one near the beginning of this most recent trip to Roaring Plains, West Virginia. The weather was cold and a…

Looking down the pipeline to the southern tip of Roaring Plains.

Dolly Sods Northern Loop

For this February trip, we had high hopes of breaking out our snow shoes to traverse the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Conditions wouldn't be in our favor for snow shoeing though. On the bright side, we…

Walking up Dobbin Grade trail from Upper Red Creek.

Solo Autumn Overnight

The Priest. Yes, The Priest will do. And maybe Spy Rock. I had slated the final weekend in October for a solo trip of some kind. I had been bouncing back and forth between a repeat of my Triple…

A view from the top of The Priest, Virginia

Spy Rock

It had been a few months between backpacking trips. And for the best reason a man could possibly have—becoming a father. In October my wife and I became first-time parents, welcoming our son into…

View from Spy Rock.

Thomas Knob Overnight

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area has so many options for everything from quick day hikes to 3 or 4 day long backpacking loops. A recent solo trip found me up that way, exploring the Mt.…

Oware tarp set up on Thomas Knob.