PATC has greatly improved the route, keeping you on the ridge line, taking you rather opulently maintained footpath to Eagle Rock, where there is a fantastic view. We drank in the views and dried out shelters in the sun. This is an altogether better route by all measures.
As the sun fell Saturday, it was easy to be skeptical of the forecasted snow. The sun had been shining brightly, the skies were clear, and the weather was crisp. It was a good winter day for hiking--and a good weekend to be exploring some well-loved trails in the Great North Mountain area that pulled... Continue Reading →
Some people work hard, party harder... this trip seemed to follow that mantra: powering through the miles with barely a break, and then taking camp + post-hike lounge time to new levels. Friday night, we set off from a cold & windy Vienna parking lot in 3 cars after a bit of "who's on first?"... 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 →
Kylie and I spent months talking about how nice it'd be to go on a women's only trip, and we finally made it happen in the new year. Kate and Susanne signed up right away, and we were excited to have Elsa join us for her first trip with DCUL. It was a busy weekend... Continue Reading →