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Wiktoria PlawskaBest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2012

Wiktoria Plawska

Must have been about the 40th time i have climbed this mountain. No exaggeration.
Posted Jun 26, 2012 9:18 am

znord737Old Rag
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2011
Drove up From Virginia beach On the Friday night, camped our in a friends farm for the night. Then we made a pre-dawn ascent. The fall colours were stunning.
Posted Jun 1, 2012 10:02 am

BobEneinOld Rag climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2012
Did the famous 9 mile loop. Probably the best hike in Virginia and a great workout. The mountain is crowded in the weekend and the parking lot might be full by early morning so be prepared to park half a mile farther. The views are great and what is unique about this mountain and given its height you are always above the cloud with great views. Be prepared for some traffic jams near when negotiating the tough rock spots. Be careful since it's common to get injured on these rocks but enjoy this great exhilarating hike.
Posted May 29, 2012 11:45 pm

BConleyPerfect  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2012

BConley

Really enjoyed this one. Scrambling was great fun. Glad we got an early start (7am) when we got back to the parking lot if was nearly 100% full.
Posted May 12, 2012 7:29 pm

SauceForTheGooseOld Rag is definitely a repeat-worthy trail.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2012
Great rock scrambles, trails on incline, and vert climbs. A few choke points on the path will cause delays on weekends (time most popular for hiking). Inexperienced or moderate hikers should definitely go with people who have climbed before. Take plenty of water during Spring and Summer months. Also, due to the difficulty level, this is really not a trail for children unless you are ok with not completing full loop.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 4:55 pm

RuvichaBest Hike in SNP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Ruvicha

Old Rag is actually a spur off the eastern side of the Blue Ridge. I've climbed it a bunch of times and never get tired of it -- the scramble to the top is great fun and the openness of the summit means you actually get to see something besides endless oak trees. It's the best hike in Shenandoah National Park.
Posted Apr 8, 2012 9:06 pm

LedinthebloodFirst Mountainerring Hike  Sucess!

Ledintheblood

Went with a friend who had traversed Old Rag many times. One of the best hikes if not the best hike in Virginia aside from Mountain Rogers/ Peaks Of Otter. Very crowded but the views were breathtaking and well recieved. Get there early and knock it out. I will be back yearily if only just to climb it.
Posted Feb 22, 2012 8:59 pm

CheesySciFiOne of the best  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2012

CheesySciFi

Old Rag is fully deserving of its popularity. It has to be one of the best mountains east of the Mississippi River. I went up the Ridge Trail on a mostly clear day that turned out to be warmer than expected. I met some interesting people, but it wasn't terribly crowded like it can get in some days, and I enjoyed the spectacular views from the top.
Posted Feb 18, 2012 10:45 pm

SteveJacksonFavorite in Shenadoah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2012
Hiked the Ridge Trail on a sunny January weekday. I was worried about crowds but only ran into 2 other hikers. Despite the warm temperatures (upper 40's to low 50's) I ran into light ice on the rock scramble. The rock scramble was awesome though! Descended on the Ridge Trail rather than completing circuit on fire road. My favorite day hike so far in Va.
Posted Feb 3, 2012 12:15 am

rasgoatNice  Sucess!

rasgoat

Interesting trail, lots of fun! one easy third class move on the ridge at best.
Posted Feb 1, 2012 5:30 pm

indianabobThanksgiving Weekend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2011

indianabob

Fun hike/climb. We did this as part of a four day backpacking trip and hit the trail early from camp to beat the crowds. Incredible weather for late November. We had a blast.
Posted Nov 29, 2011 10:12 am

Judd97Veteran's Day Weekend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2011

Judd97

Went up today, the Saturday after Veteran's Day; a long weekend with 60 degree weather. Sounds like a recipe for a circus, but it wasn't too bad since we went up the night before and camped out at the base. Left for the peak around 6 am, saw a handful of people along the way but had the summit to ourselves for about 30 minutes. Great weather; all the snow melted off with the exceptions of a few pockets deep in cracks where the sun can't reach.
Posted Nov 12, 2011 10:10 pm

ProvotroutFun Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2011

Provotrout

Went up ridgeline scramble, came down saddle trail in back. Snow on the top 2/3rds, very nice but cold and windy.

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10/24/2011
10/18/2011
9/30/2005
Posted Nov 10, 2011 2:27 pm

hightineraryX+  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2011

hightinerary

I have climbed it at least ten times.
Posted Aug 9, 2011 9:08 am

WildBlueFavorite place on earth  Sucess!

WildBlue

This was one of the first mountains I ever climbed, if not the first. I was 11 years old, and since then I have probably been up it at least 30 times, during all seasons of the year. Once when I was 14 my friends and I did a winter ascent, off trail, with homemade ice axes! In a lot of ways I grew up on this mountain.
Posted May 5, 2011 10:08 am

MtMtnHikerOld Rag  Sucess!

MtMtnHiker

Solo climb that started it all.
Posted Mar 14, 2011 8:46 pm

Bob SihlerIntro to a greater world  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

Been up there many times and in all seasons. Winter is the best because it's less crowded, the air is cleaner, and snow and ice can throw interesting twists into the route.

This was my first mountain that required anything more than plain hiking to get to the top. That was in May 1994, I think. It opened my eyes to a bigger and better mountain world.
Posted Jan 30, 2011 3:27 pm

sparkes384Moonlight hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2010

sparkes384

Great hike with some great friends.
Posted Nov 25, 2010 11:03 am

jasano2Good Old Rag  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2010

jasano2

Finally got to experience 1st hand the ragged one. Definitely worthy of it's title and many repeats to come. There is no shortage of friendly faces that's for sure!
Posted Nov 15, 2010 8:15 am

96avs01Thoroughly Enjoyed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2010

96avs01

Great dayhike with some remaining fall colors. The summit was packed with a corporate team building party having quite a good time with sandwiches and wine.
Posted Nov 6, 2010 2:38 pm

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