To boldly go...
Sitting at dinner in Stephanie Lareau's living room we realized that our plans for our backpacking trip had too many conflicts. Maybe it was her secret sadism, maybe it was the IPA going to her frontal lobe - a light bulb turned on - an alternative was presented. In the four days planned for the trip, climb as many mountains in the Roanoke area as possible. A peak-bagging challenge was created - the gloved was dropped.
12 summits and 1 waterfall were given to us to see how many we could achieve from Sunday morning and be back to Eagle Landing in time for the banquet on Wednesday evening.
Day 1 - Triple Crown
Our setting out was to complete not just some, but ALL of the peaks presented. To that end the Triple Crown of Dragon's Tooth, Mcafee's knob and Tinker's Cliffs had to be completed in one day. Luckily we underestimated how much milage this would be or we might not have attempted it.
Day 2 - The Peaks of Roanoke
Who knew Roanoke was a city full of mountains - there are more left to climb than we managed to bag this misty Monday. After a raining night camping off wildlife rode near Dragon's Tooth we made our way into the outskirts of Roanoke and started on Read Mountain. Stephanie and Copper joined us for 12 o'clock Knob and Roanoke Mountain. Every one was gassed after 6 peaks in less than 24 hours so we pillaged Mill Mountain. Then we drove off to Botetourt County to find a place to sleep for the night.
In case you hadn't noticed we take a lot of selfies - because we climb a lot of mountains
Day 3 - Botetourt County
Woke up to a pretty morning to start Day 3. Started out with a warm hike up Devils Marble Yard - dont let the gentle walk up give you any thought that it doesn't get treacherous hard at the end. Apple Orchard Mountain was next and as the highest point of our expedition it offered some pretty amazing views. We ended the day with Apple Orchard falls - and much to Paula's dismay - ended with an uphill climb back to the car.
Day 4 - Peaks of Otter
Day four started with everyone feeling refreshed and ready to take on the last leg of our challenge. Day Creek must have some rejuvenating powers, because there was some serious talk of cutting the last day short the night before - but everyone was gung-ho this morning. Good thing too - because today would be the most elevation change of any day. The Peaks of Otter aren't long hikes, but they are steep. We got a good start on Flat Top with zero view in the fog at the top. Harkening Hill was a nice little hike but we were starting to lag into our time cushion for getting home on time. Steph joined us for Sharp Top and put the fire under us to get up and back in time for dinner at Eagle Landing. We celebrated our victory at the top of Sharp Top. Then raced down the mountain and made it back in time for dinner.