Trip Reports & More

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 →

Fall 2022 Newsletter

We hope you're having a great time on the trails this season! Check out some of our recent trip reports, including: The Yosemite High Route (August 2022) The Loyalsock Link Loop (September 2022) Living Off the Land in Shenandoah National Park (October 2022) Appalachian Trail Over Apple Orchard Mountain (October 2022) In our Fall Newsletter,... Continue Reading →

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