Backpacking, Running, and Cycling Adventures

Mount Rogers Adventure

This fall I was fortunate enough to squeeze not 1 but 2 backpacking trips into my busy schedule. After heading up to Dolly Sods a few weeks prior, I concocted a plan to head up to Mount Rogers to do some backpacking and trail running.

Dolly Sods Traverse

Autumn and backpacking go hand in hand. I always try to get a fall trip together and this year was no exception. For this trip, I brought my brother-in-law, Craig along. We deliberated for a few weeks between spending 2 nights in Shenandoah National Park or 2 in the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Roaring Plains Adventure

This area is what I imagine Dolly Sods was like 10 years ago. A few words and pictures to describe this awesome trip with my buddy Chris and bro-in-law Craig.

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.

Solo Autumn Overnight

A speed hike would be fun and I was definitely trained up for it. But my brain needed the kind of hard refresh that only slow autumn miles on the trail can provide.

Spy Rock

After a few months off the trail, I was itching to get out again so I broke out the map and started looking for easily accessible places for a 1 night trip.

Thomas Knob Overnight

Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area has so many options for everything from quick day hikes to 3 or 4 day long backpacking loops.

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.

Mau Har(d)

The terrain reminded us of our old stomping grounds in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. Long, endless ascending through thick forest followed by rocky ridgeline cruising. Descend and repeat. Total climbfest.

The Lion's Plateau

This year, our February trip found us in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia. The trails are not blazed. And the wildlife is a little bigger than in most places on the east coast.