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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.

Altered Course

The lessons from past winter trips still hold true this year. Plan out your route then basically cut it in half if there's over a foot of snow on the ground. Chris and I decided on Grayson…

A view of Mount Rogers.

Mau Har(d)

The plan was hatched. My buddy Chris and I mapped out an 18.5 mile route starting at the Appalachian Trail junction with VA Route 56 year Tyro, VA that would take us up the AT, up Mau-Har Trail,…

View of The Priest from Three Ridges Summit