Old Rag at Sunrise

Backpacking White Oak Canyon, Stony Man, and Old Rag at Sunrise

Saturday morning three of us from DC UL Backpacking headed out to Shenandoah National Park for waterfalls, some strenuous climbs, and absolutely stunning vistas over the course of 19 miles. But the highlight of the trip was a bright and early alpine start in order to climb Old Rag to catch the sunrise from the summit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNgj27EONnMVideo can’t be loaded: Backpacking …

Memorial Day Weekend at the New River Gorge

I joined a small group of twelve or so DC area climbers who were taking advantage of the long Memorial Day Weekend to make the more than five hour trek to the popular New River Gorge in southeastern West Virginia. Some of the group was old faces but most were new to me. The New was also a new destination …

Ed Viesturs on Obsession, Commitment, Fear, and Risk

Maurice Herzog closes his seminal book Annapurna with the line “There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men;” and it remains one of the most famous mountaineering quotes of all time, perhaps second only to George Mallory’s “Because it’s there;” which was given as his reason for the pursuit of Everest. But what drives individuals to pursue high mountain …