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hikeman76Pukin' on Old Rag
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2006


Great hike....spent the trip up and down yakkin' all over the trail. FYI: Don't drink the water at Cedar Campground!!
Posted Dec 28, 2006 5:36 pm

tacoturnerDate Climbed: March 4, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2006


a cold and windy day, but very clear and well worth the effort. In fact, this summit alone made our 6-day trip worth it. Though it was cold, we stayed on top for a long lunch break to watch some Aussie-style rappellers and to do some bouldering of our own.
Posted Dec 26, 2006 6:58 am

dandrewGreat memories  Sucess!


Climbed Old Rag a few times as a Scout growing up. I remember it as a tough, yet fun, dayhike. I loved the rock scrambling portions...
Posted Dec 14, 2006 12:35 am

TLPSouthern Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 29, 2006


Got in the car, headed down to VA in the middle of the night, and made it as day broke. Had a great time going through the boulders to the top. It was a cloudy day, but I still got some pretty darn good views. Was the only one on the summit. Go early, or late in the season, or on a weekday, or combine all three into one like I did, and you won't be bothered at all. This really is a classic climb for the east coast, plus it's in a National Park. If it was a movie they would give it two thumbs up.
Posted Dec 3, 2006 3:13 pm

derbillyInteresting scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006


Hiked up Old Rag while visiting Nick in DC. It was an interesting class 2 scramble up to the crowded summit. We had excellent weather and nice views.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 4:29 pm

TheBootfitterExcellent Overnight Loop!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2002


While it can easily be done as a day trip, my brother and I camped overnight after reaching the top. One of my most favoritest trips. :-)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 11:26 pm

jaygeekrayWe Made It ...Where's the View?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2006


Clouds, clouds everywhere...My wife and daughter made it to the Top!!! After fighting the humidity all the way we were treated to no views...all we took away was a great feeling of accomplishment and togetherness...It was great to have Cat along as well...I now know why some folks insist that this is really tough and would not recommend for small children...my 16 year old son had to help Mom and Sis both up and down some of the more difficult sections...previous poster summed it all up perfectly, oh "so scrambly"
Posted Jul 24, 2006 1:50 pm

GahugafugaFun, Weather Permitting  Sucess!


Used to do this one almost yearly with my scout troop. We once climbed it during a fall rainstorm. It was so miserable that we didn't even stop at the summit, preferring to hightail it to the shelter halfway down. On the way up we passed another troop that was "training" for a backpacking trip by hauling full bags over the summit. Those kids were not happy.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 7:35 pm

pilz8standard loop trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006


I really enjoyed this hike, pretty crowded but you could find some solitude. Perfect weather and clear views.
Posted Apr 30, 2006 10:37 pm

Scrambling ManMy Favorite Virginia Peak, Climbed: Fall of 2002  Sucess!

Scrambling Man

An unobstructed view from the top and a fun scramble near the top make this a great hike by Virginia standards.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 4:26 am

LippoDate Climbed: Late 1970's  Sucess!


Climbed several times. I don't recall the exact dates.
Posted Dec 24, 2005 10:47 am

climbhighnowRoute Climbed: Old Rag loop Date Climbed: most recently: 8/13/05  Sucess!


First mountain i ever offically climbed, can't remember when though. most recently i climbed on the hottest day of the summer, w/ heat index i don't think it got below 100F, ughh!! Still fun though
Posted Nov 28, 2005 1:11 pm

rickfordRoute Climbed: normal approach, climbing routes Date Climbed: numerous times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2005


Old Rag is my favorite climbing destination in the entire state of Virginia. Although crowds will always occupy the summit, you will never wait in line for a route here. Sky-line Crag is my favorite. Gods area is fun too. (To this day, I have yet to find SunsetCrag!)
Posted Aug 19, 2005 11:27 am

pingzingrRoute Climbed: Old Rag trailhead loop, White Oaks Canyon parking Date Climbed: Couple times  Sucess!


Have done Old Rag several times out of home in the DC area. Did the trailhead loop a few times then went up from the White Oaks Canyon area and the parking back there (not the Skyline Drive area).
Posted Jun 14, 2005 12:34 am

vanman798Route Climbed: Main Route Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2004


I've climbed this mountain six times over the last 6 years (1998-2004). Most recent time was September 25, 2004 with Yan, Tyler, Kyla, and Chad. It's the best hike in Shenandoah park.

Date Signed: April 28, 2005
Posted Apr 28, 2005 4:05 pm

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: 04/10/05  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Definitely the best hike in Virginia. I climbed on a Sunday. There were a lot of people, but it was manegable. In fact, it was so much fun, I climbed it twice. Great practice for bigger mountains, too.
Posted Apr 11, 2005 1:33 pm

sskeepRoute Climbed: Loop Date Climbed: November 2002  Sucess!


Nice hike and great rock climbing. We hit a perfect November day and the trail was busy with a back up at the first rock climb and quite a few people lunching at the summit. Long hike for my 6 year old son Aaron and his friend Andrew. Darryl
Posted Mar 14, 2005 9:28 pm

rnoranbrockRoute Climbed: Ridge Trail Date Climbed: October 11, 2004  Sucess!
Beautiful day, great hike. Up the ridge trail and back the fire trail. The morning weather was clear and cool, sweatshirt weather. Warmed up through the rock scramble and then cooled down by breezes at the summit. 3 adults and 3 kids.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 8:45 am

elementalphotosDate Climbed: April 24, 2004  Sucess!


Day hike. Lots of people. Need to get there EARLY to avoid (some of) the crowds. Lots of bottle necking where people were having problem negotiate 3rd class terrain.
Posted Sep 29, 2004 4:29 pm

avidwandererRoute Climbed: Slide/headwall on north face? Date Climbed: Sept 2003 and 2004  Sucess!


I can't believe no one else has posted about going up the slide and headwall?! Its so much fun--forget the regular trail! The bushwacking sucks to get to the slide, but it is awesome--its like a mountaineering testpiece. The slide is not technical, but the headwall has a slew of technical routes. There is also a pinacle we managed to solo up that sticks out before the slide. If you want to hike and have a little mountaineering in virginia, screw the trail and go up the slide and headwall!
Posted Sep 24, 2004 6:59 am

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