Trip Report: “Shenandoah National Park; Corbin Cabin; Robertson Mountain”; 30 Miles; Jan. 6-8, 2023

The final Corbin Cabin journal entry read: 1.8.23 — This cabin exceeded our expectations! From the Michelin star dining, to the butler turn-down service, to the surprise music appearance of the Eagles, we had no complaints! This was a true luxury camping experience compared to our usual ones—sleeping on the ground outside. —DCUL: Washington, D.C.’s... Continue Reading →

Trip Report (“Hiner Spring Rescue Mission” or “How Many Backpackers Does it Take to Pack Out a Spatula?” Ramsey’s Draft Loop; Dec. 10-11, 2022)

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.” Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) Hiner Spring, a delightful mountain spring in a grove of pine trees, sits on top of the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness, west of Staunton, Virginia. It is a terrific place... Continue Reading →

Trip Report: “Doing a Chicago” 25 or 6 to 4–into a Hurricane (High Knob to Elliott’s Knob, Va; 60 Miles; Nov. 11-13, 2022)

I almost cancelled this Veteran’s Day Weekend backpacking trip. The pre-trip weather report showed the remnants of Hurricane Nicole crashing into our path at the start of the trip, followed by a gale-force cold front dropping wind chill temperatures to the single digits. Wet and frigid weather is an unwelcome combination for a 60 mile... Continue Reading →

Far Over the Spruce Mountains Cold – LM: Spruce Knob/Seneca Creek Backcountry (~17 miles) Aerial shot of Spruce Mountain and the Seneca Creek Backcountry, October 30th, 2022. I'm quite fond of the Seneca Creek Backcountry; it's the location of some of my first real backpacking trips when I started dipping my toes into the world of Meetup a decade ago. It's also an area where, thanks to an... Continue Reading →

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