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    Default Video: Grayson Highlands - Land of open balds, blue ridges and feral ponies




    I recently took my cousin on her first ever backpacking trip out to the Grayson Highlands and Mt Rogers National Recreation Area of Virginia. We covered ~21 miles using the AT along with some connector trails and spent 2 nights exploring this incredible hiking destination. Ponies were everywhere and provided the perfect cherry on top of a beautiful section - enjoy watching!

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    Had a bunch of ponies thunder through the edge of camp in Mt. Rogers NRA(we were technically outside Grayson Highlands SP), and a group of them took over the spot where my shelter had been as soon as I packed up in the morning. They really do add to the experience!
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    Thanks for the vid. One of my favorite places to backpack and camp.

    I did early trips there in the 1980s---no pics of course---and then returned in 1997 for a trip---

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    My friend on top of Wilburn Ridge in '97.

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    Me on Quebec Creek in '97 with my old North Face pack.

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    A neat view of Wilburn Ridge from a trip in 2012.

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    Back in '97 this pony bit me on the right butt cheek cuz he wanted my red apple---at Wise Shelter on AT.

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    Wilburn Ridge---I call this Grandmother Gap and right past this peak is Rhododendron Gap.

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    In the Little Wilson wilderness.

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    Sadly, horseback riders ruin many of the area trails by leaving piles of poop and by churning up the trails into giant mud holes. This pic was taken on Lewis Fork trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipi Walter View Post
    ...and right past this peak is Rhododendron Gap.
    Which, as I discovered last week, is for some reason impossible for me to say 3 times in quick succession.
    Rhododendron Gap.
    Rhododengine Gap.
    Rhododendron Grap...crap!

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    Thanks for sharing those pics guys! Enjoyed getting to see y’all’s experiences in this beautiful area.

    The horseback riders are still tearing up trail these days unfortunately. A section of the Little Wilson Creek Wilderness is signed off due to deep mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layne View Post
    Thanks for sharing those pics guys! Enjoyed getting to see y’all’s experiences in this beautiful area.

    The horseback riders are still tearing up trail these days unfortunately. A section of the Little Wilson Creek Wilderness is signed off due to deep mud.
    I remember that section---a naturally wet swamp section anyway and horseback riders made it look like a four-wheeler jeep playground.

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    Hiked along Wilburn ridge last weekend. Always good to go back home!
    The only thing better than mountains, is mountains where you haven't been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipi Walter View Post
    I remember that section---a naturally wet swamp section anyway and horseback riders made it look like a four-wheeler jeep playground.
    I made it out to Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock for the first time earlier this year, you may enjoy our video from that trip as well. Although I've been told that it isn't a true JK-S adventure unless one sees Tipi on trail hauling a massive pack.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Solemates View Post
    Hiked along Wilburn ridge last weekend. Always good to go back home!
    Incredible land for sure! One of the places that every backpacker/hiker should experience.

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