I returned to Virginia in late August and had little incentive to go to the gym until I noticed the calendar for the PATC's Vigorous Hiker's Group. There were a number of appealing aspects to joining this group. First, they hike on Tuesdays, and I work 9 hour days so can take a day during the week twice a month. Second, they go on aggressive hikes with elevation gains in excess of 4,000 feet, which would force me to stay in shape.
I checked out this group's calendar and found that some of their hikes are in Pennsylvania, but probably 1/2 are near enough to Charlottesville so that I could meet them at the trailhead. The next hike was on September 7th, the day after Labor Day, and started and ended at the White Oak Canyon parking lot. I decided to join them.
Here is the group's description of the hike:
|This dog hiked with us and is a full blooded Walker Hound.|
Gives me hope that the family pup will someday be a hiker.
|View from Stony Man summit.|