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.