Trip report for: https://www.meetup.com/DC-UL-Backpacking/events/270965300/ Since the 27mi Trout Run valley trip was full, I decided to lead a separate trip with my friend Steve G. We went to S. Massanutten and did an ad-hoc loop starting at 8am on Saturday morning and finishing up around noon on Sunday. We were joined by Mark V, Logan... Continue Reading →
Danielle and I decided that her introduction to DCUL should feature and all-time classic: the Massanutten Valley. Now, there are a number of routes that incorporate bits and pieces of the 73-mile ridge-line trail that circumscribes the valley. We certainly didn't have the time for the full-Massanutten. Even the half-assanutten would have been difficult to... Continue Reading →
Karan and I decided that a low-mileage loop in the Northern Massanutten would be the right way to kick off a new year and a new decade. Apparently, Dmitri, Demetre, Sophie, Carlos, and Adrian agreed. We met at the Vienna parking lot on Saturday morning, just in time to prevent Adrian from accidentally going off... Continue Reading →
On Saturday morning, we picked Logan up from his place nearby and hit the road. Along the drive on I-81, we ran into some of the Elliot Knob crew—at Sheetz of course! By 9:45 AM, we were ready to depart from the shuttered Massanutten Visitors Center on 211. The trail quickly connected to the Massanutten... Continue Reading →
I love the Massanutten mountains because they are so close, scenic, and relatively uncrowded. This weekend was no exception. It was a great opportunity to welcome four new backpackers to DC UL: Khanh, Sam, Laura, and Eric.
We danced around, but most of us couldn’t keep our feet dry (or avoid the mud). Shane stomped through the water pools.
It had all of the traditional ingredients: a returning Massanutten finisher (me), a first-time finisher (Max!), a Halfassanutten participant (Sophie), a Mininuttener (Sharon), a trail injury sacrifice (Chris), a new variant finisher we will call the Markanutten (Mark, duh), and lots of trail magic.
This event continues to be one of my favorite DC UL traditions--I enjoy seeing those who return each year and those who are experiencing it for the first time.