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Nice Axe!Nice surprise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

Nice Axe!

Ridge scramble up, fire road down. I had read there was a short section of scrambling on this route and was looking forward to it, but was pleasantly surprised to find how sustained this section was. Very fun. At the crux, there were ~20 people backed up there making use of a rope to ascend. Most attempts were pretty ugly. The summit has plenty of places to bask on a semi-private rock and enjoy some views. My dad, age 65, came with me!
Posted Jun 14, 2009 7:12 pm

thejknightWet fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 2009


Spent my Sunday hiking old rag in a rain storm. This was my 1st trek on old rag and it was nice to have the whole place to myself. Saw less than 10 people and scored a parking spot in the upper lot. 1 rock took me about 15 minutes to traverse over but once I figured a good method I was back on my way. Next time ill hike it on a dry day.
Posted May 4, 2009 11:03 pm

HotovenFun Hike As A Kid  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2001


One of the many little hikes that sticks out in my mind as just pure fun. I did this with my family, and we all had a blast!
Posted Apr 16, 2009 11:32 pm

gkaufmanSlippery Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2009


Summited Old Rag first on my way to Robertson Mountain. The wet rocks made for some interesting scrambling especially on the crux.
Posted Mar 30, 2009 10:25 am

gkaufmanOld Rag... a league all its own  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


Ridge Trail up/down (I don't like fire roads)
This was my third summit of Old Rag and it simply is still great fun. I spent more time climbing/scrambling on both the lower/upper summits this time around. You can easily blow an entire day out there scrambling to different areas where you can avoid the crowds. I will say that this was the busiest I had seen it. I had to wait at least 10 minutes for 25 people to ascend the crux on my way down the Ridge Trail.
Posted Feb 9, 2009 12:17 pm

jamesmhGenerally crowded  Sucess!


This hike decent night hike, and on a clear, moonlit night, you don't even really need a headlamp (except for in a few of the narrow rock slots). There are usually _less_ people then, but the only time that I have had the crag to myself was when it was both dark AND raining.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 11:02 am

KobaHoly crowds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008


Didn't see a single person coming from Skyland down the Old Rag Fireroad until the base of Old Rag, holy freakin' crowds!
Posted Oct 20, 2008 12:13 pm

silversummitClimbed twice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2004


First climb - As a 16 year old backpacker (1965) - young and carefree!
Most recently in 2004 and boy did I feel the difference! Had to have help (my posterior pushed up one of the chutes) and needed to stop to catch my breath sometimes -UGH!

I'm supposed to try again this fall but I will have to really get back into shape! And pay this time! I don't think we paid anything in 2004!
Posted Sep 14, 2008 11:52 pm

eruselowBest hike in the Southeast  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008


Hiked Old Rag this morning. Nearly 90-degree temperatures with high humidity and lots of haze, but the trail was nearly empty for a summer Sunday afternoon (people may have been scared off by impending afternoon thunderstorms). For a time being we were the only group on the summit, which, to me, constitutes a beautiful and successful hike. Old Rag is the ONLY hike I've found in the Southeast that never gets old (just more crowded it seems).
Posted Jul 13, 2008 7:04 pm

Sam Page2x  Sucess!

Sam Page

I scampered up here in the late 1990s. It is a rare scramble in the vicinity of DC.
Posted Apr 21, 2008 9:45 pm

R2CreativesFirst Hike with my Daughter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2008


My daughter an I hiked this mountain on a spectacular spring day! There was not a cloud in the sky and when we returned to the parking lot the temp. was 65-degrees! We are looking forward to returning for some roped climbing.
Posted Apr 21, 2008 3:53 pm

Bluebell08Great fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008


Went in Feb and May 2006 too, winter ascent = not so easy. Great fun scrambling to the top, was quite windy tho. Fire road makes for an easy descent. Will certainly go again.
Posted Apr 16, 2008 12:57 am

bc44caesarMultiple  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2008


25 Sep 2008 - Old Rag Loop
Another jaunt up Old Rag with some bouldering on top

15 Mar 2008 - Old Rag Loop
Fun, easy scrambling at the top and pretty views.
Posted Mar 16, 2008 9:36 pm

taxinvestorSnowy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2008


First time out. 2 inches of snow above 2000 ft. Spent a lot of time wiping off rocks to find the blazes. Some dodgy moments on transition holds or when chinning. Several chimneys required some thought on how to ascend. Good amount of crab-walking, sliding, and crawling when down climbing. Take care if icy! After 3rd false summit, easy going. Fire road return is a long slog - better option may be to bushwack along Hughes River. 5 and a half hours. Lots of animal tracks. Hawks soaring in and around the rocks. Very quiet. Awesome mountain.
Posted Feb 27, 2008 9:12 pm

ssfitzBest trail around  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2007


Love this trail. Can't get enough. Did the loop once and did an up and back. Up and back is the way to go. That fire road felt like it would never end.
Posted Jan 15, 2008 8:38 am

YEMBest of the Park  Sucess!


I came out here a lot while living in Baltimore. There's tons of places to escape the crowds, scramble and enjoy the views.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 1:39 am

eric-grizFun hike!  Sucess!


This has to be one of the most fun hikes in the Mid-Atlantic states. Plus it's usually a good place to see bears.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 5:16 pm

Judd97Loads of Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2006


Climbed this with 3 other good friends. One of the best hikes of my life and the climb that got me into the sport.

Can't wait to go back!
Posted Nov 18, 2007 8:36 pm

JonWBest in VA  Sucess!


Often do this to keep in shape. Probably have done it about a dozen times or so. It fun to make up your own route near the top.
Posted Nov 16, 2007 4:21 pm

tiogaFun Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008


Did it first on Oct. 6, 2007. This was a fun scramble to the top. The views were blocked by fog and haze. Still, a fun hike. Did it a second time with my girlfriend and the views were much better this time.
Posted Oct 8, 2007 6:41 pm

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