Sun, Jun 13 2004 - Difficult Day Hike in SNP (Robertson
Mtn.) (View Original Event Details)|
Jonathan White, Chris Whalen
|Participants:||Jonathan White, Chris Whalen, Jeff Schneider, Laura Paszkiewicz, Vera Bjurstrom, Rita Fabian|
We would like to thank everybody who came out on the hike.
We both were so excited about the hike that we introduced
ourselves to some climbers in the Vienna Metro parking lot
who weren't even associated with the Maryland Outdoor
Club! Too bad they didn't join this eager group!
On the way to Shenandoah, a brief but intense rain shower in
Warrenton caused Chris a near heart attack that the hike
might not happen. Yet the rain passed, and although the
clouds hanged around for the climb up the side of Robertson,
they were high enough to reveal the mountains and piedmont
hills and an impressive view of Old Rag Mountain.
The group tore up the challenging uphill on a trail much
obscured by dense vegetation and some stinging nettles.
Vera did a particularly great job on her first hike. She scurried
up the mountainside like a well-seasoned hiker.
The top of Robertson proved worth the hour of uphill: a forest
with an understory of ferns and a rocky summit with views in
all directions. To the west we saw the Skyline Drive, to the
north were many hollows and the wooded eastern spine of
the Shenandoah, and to the east was the broad, flat, and very
green Virginia piedmont.
We took a break for lunch and enjoyed the great views at the
top and some of Laura's incredible gorp. Rita and Vera tried
to teach Chris some Hungarian as well.
From the summit, we wound down along the Hughes River
through Nicholson Hollow, stopping to soak tired feet in the
water along Hughes River at the Corbin Cabin. The group
forded Hughes River many times and with relief found a
bridge for the final crossing.
Afterward, we ate at Ruby Tuesdays in Warrenton and were
amused at the nutritional information now printed on the
menu, as well as Jeff's rich knowledge of 80s
--Chris Whalen and Jon White
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