Eager to return to the Roaring Plains after my first taste last summer, I cooked up an ambitious route that hits just about all the highlights of the plateau and neighboring Dolly Sods. Eight brave souls joined me for what promised to be a bushwhacky, rocky, and muddy high-mileage weekend...
DCUL has been doing an Intro to Packrafting trip for a number of years usually led by Savage. After getting a new packraft this past year, I was motivated to continue the tradition. This trip is a great way to get your feet wet (literally!) with a new type of trip but it also requires... Continue Reading →
We did 9.3 miles on Saturday with 2,761 feet of gain and 15.6 miles on Sunday with 4,020 feet of gain. Of course, Sunday would have been much easier if I had pushed myself to do Redfield the day before—that being said, we got all three peaks that I wanted to get and added the bonus of Tabletop. It was good to be back up there.
Kudos to the new members on this trip—An, Matthew, Saran, and Tyler—for maintaining high spirits during what turned out to be more of an adventure that we initially planned for a low-mileage trip.
In 2019, DC UL hosted its inaugural bikepacking trip on the C&O Canal, leaving from Cumberland and heading east for 40-some miles. It turned into the mudbog of the century! During that trip, we experienced flat tires, pot holes, and mud puddles as big as a car. This year, we decided to use the same... Continue Reading →