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  1. Adding miles when I get the chance

    I started 2015 with some hope that Iíd be able to get some miles both in Southwest VA and in the Whites. However, because I make a real effort to avoid walking for more than two days (out of five) in the rain, I always check weather forecasts to ensure that the area, in which I plan to hike, will be acceptably rain-free. Sadly, I just didnít get a lot of weeks like that for the two areas Iíd like to hike in Ė leading to significantly fewer hiking miles than I would have preferred. Thus, upon seeing ...
  2. Wimpy hike (Part 2)

    Thursday was going to be the day with maximum mileage, but it looked (and is) pretty flat once I got to Dismal Creek. What I didnít plan for was THIS day being the day when thunderstorms hit. Considering how dry the area has been for the last month, and how distracting the sun had been for the last three days; I didnít mind seeing clouds gathering, or hearing distant thunder. As the thunder grew louder, I knew I had to be prepared for the possibility of rain coming my way. When I saw a lightning ...
  3. Wimpy hike even by MY standards

    Over the years, as I have done 1172 miles via section hikes, Iíve made no secret of the wimpiness of my hikes. Iíve made it a point to avoid bad weather, large crowds, uphill walks (ie, I start my hikes at roads as high as can be driven to), days with lots of elevation changes, and hiking more than twelve miles in a day. Iím not the most ambitious backpacker, and sometimes my efforts to avoid difficulties have gone awry, but this combo HAS allowed to do achieve more miles than most people. This ...
  4. Another gap filled via ultimate slack-packing

    As I have noted before, my style of section hiking -- with start & end points determined by ease of access to shuttles within four or five hiking days of safe parking -- often leaves gaps in where I've hiked. Such was the case in the Blacksburg area, where there was 25 miles of trail that I had missed because it was out of reach of both Troutville and Wood's Hole. Blessedly, that distance is what I could easily do in two days of slack packing with Shuttle. Even more blessedly, that part of The ...
  5. It FINALLY stopped raining in Pearisburg!

    As I noted in my previous blog post,
    my original hope was to do a lot of hiking in the Pearisburg area in the spring, and then hit The Whites in the summer. That blog also noted that there has been not one week where the weather in that region was rain-free enough for my tastes. Thus, when I saw that there was going to be an entire week with very minimal chance for rain, I jumped at the chance.
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