This scenic loop around Robertson Mountain is a good substitute hike for Old Rag Mountain, which lies right across Weakley Hollow. While it’s not as grand, this view is remarkable in that Mt. Marshall and the Peak, which are far away in the north district, are still visible from here. When he left the building for the last time he was rolled out the west front door. I skipped that detour to shorten the hike and cut back on the elevation gain; however, I have included in this post a description of a half-mile detour down the AT to a view of Bear Den and Scott Mountain. Zero upon a view (sunrise, river, farms, or forest), you wish to present through your mountain landscape drawing. Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent mountain climbing experience. It’s for good reason, it’s one of the best places to mountain bike on the planet. It was finally time to take advantage of the extra weight and inflate our rafts.

Two other major crash sites nearby include a military plane on Humpback Mountain and the most notorious, a Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3 that crashed in 1959 on Bucks Elbow Mountain during its descent into Charlottesville. Maria’s Destiny by C. Gallo, unpublished: my cousin Cathy wrote this book about her grandmother who immigrated to America from Switzerland. On Friday afternoon, Institute staff and instructors waved a bittersweet goodbye to 5th graders from Mountain View Elementary, raising their arms and voices in celebration for another great spring spent with youth in the outdoors. As it is for most mountain bikers, land use is a challenge, and it’s no exception in this Central American country where every inch of the land is privately owned or protected and people’s idea of mountain biking consists of dirt roads.mountain

For example, the streams are drawn down from the foothills of the mountains, while greenery is mostly drawn on the valley along the river of a snow-capped mountain. Joseph Prem made the first attempt to climb the mountain in 1927 by the northwest ridge but stopped short at 6200 m. After trying a few more, Prem along with Wilfrid Kuehm peaked in August 1939 by southeast ridge is more difficult. The view from almost anywhere on Kala Patthar of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse quite impressive on a clear day. Ruffner Mountain was once home to the Sloss-Sheffield Mines where iron-ore and limestone were extracted and sent to the blast furnaces at Sloss.mountain

By way of offering a parting perspective and ode to this spring’s Mountain School experience, Kristin Smith, a two-time Mountain School student and passionate participant in the 2011 Youth Leadership Conference, recounts her most recent learning adventure in the shadow of the Cascade mountains.mountain

Two more days of riding and eating lay ahead of me. Without a single hill to climb on this mountain bike vacation , I’ll be needing an endurance of a different kind. Then in one swift motion we are knocked off the mountain top and finding ourselves staring upward from the valley below toward where we once just stood so confidently.