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The Lion's Plateau

Every winter my buddy Chris, who also created a write-up about this trip, and I try to plan a multi-day route someplace where we get to see the white stuff. This year, our February trip found us…

Sunset off of Rocky Ridge Trail, Dolly Sods, West Virginia.

A New Sense of Cold

We knew that this one would be cold. Unlike last winter, 2013 has been presenting much more seasonable temperatures. Our intended route covered the entire Roan Highlands Crest but we knew we might…

The Appalachian Trail at the start of the Roan Crest.

Roan Crest

5 backpacking buddies, 1 shuttle ride to the trailhead, some whiskey, endless epic views, 1 tent with hundreds of tiny little ember holes, 3 days and 2 nights, 15 miles, lots of coffee, and lots…

Taking in the views at the top of Roan High Knob.

Virginia Triple Crown

In my search for big fastpacking loops around the valley, I discovered a 3 day, 37-ish mile backpacking loop north of Roanoke. I was immediately curious and intrigued. I wanted to see if this…

Looking back up the Catawba Valley after completing the Triple Crown.

Roan Highlands Recon

The intent was to do some reconnaissance of the Roan Highlands to check out routes for winter backpacking. And to spend some time catching up with backpacking buddies. I always like to get to know…

A view of the Black Mountain Crest.