START: Stealth site just before Skyline Drive, VA
FINISH: Stealth site on the slopes of Cold Mt, VA
DISTANCE: 36.5 miles (58.7 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1376.5 (2214.8 km)
On the scenery, social and mileage fronts today was a good one. In regards to the former, clear skies afforded me impressive views from Hanging and Chimney Rocks, as well as through the leaveless trees on the climb up The Priest. Speaking of which, I’m not sure I have ever mentioned this on the blog before, but over the years climbing has generally been the strongest part of my hiking. Feeling good, I decided to have a bit of fun and see how fast I could ascend the 3.3 mile, 3000 ft. plus climb from the trailhead to the Priest’s summit. It took me a little less than one hour and nine minutes of huffing and puffing. All things considered, not too shabby for an old timer with way too many miles on the hiking odometer!
On the social side of the backcountry spectrum, I met Bob from Pittsburgh and two separate groups of campers from Richmond, VA. Great chatting with you all, and particular thanks for both the whiskeys and Heinekens; slept like a baby, despite the cold night and a pretty ordinary campsite location.