Backpacking, Running, and Other Miscellany

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.

Roan Crest

A collection of photos from a recent trip to hike the Roan Crest, a section of the Appalachian Trail that traverses the expansive massif of the Roan Highlands.

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.

A New Sense of Cold

We elected that it would be safer to bail out sooner and head down Rt. 261. And so, we ended up hitching a ride back into town with a nice family driving a warm Jeep. Our first DNF.

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.