A perennial favorite of the Mountain Club of Maryland a group of us headed out to Virginia for an autumn hike.
I remember Old Rag Mountain well as it’s been a few times that I’ve climbed his craggy face. Covered with granite boulders, part of the trail involve climbing up, over, in between and underneath the rocks.
It’s one of those hikes that I love so much, but the trail hates my body even more. Sore for days later, the climb and the full-body workout traversing the boulders always took its toll. The 3,000 foot climb always takes my breath away and the nine-mile circuit make my feet weary.
But the views..oh the views make it worth the effort.
Beginning with a slow, long and steep climb along switchbacks, the woods were alive with color.
Sometimes I felt as if I was on the edge of the world.
The day was glorious, the weather and the company perfect. And the best part? After many years of training, I was truly prepared, feeling fit and strong, at last I conquered the mountain.