Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Jun 13 2004 - Difficult Day Hike in SNP (Robertson Mtn.) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jonathan White, Chris Whalen
Participants:Jonathan White, Chris Whalen, Jeff Schneider, Laura Paszkiewicz, Vera Bjurstrom, Rita Fabian

Write Up:
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 bands.

--Chris Whalen and Jon White

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