Not exactly certain when I did this climb but my guess would be at about age 12. I remember the Sign at the summit and thinking that the hike was pretty easy by even my young standards.
Finished this nice little climb as my third state high point this morning. About to leave in 5 minutes or so for #4, Spruce Knob! Lots more to go and enjoying every minute of it!
Hiked in the fog, which was probably a good thing since I didn't see the mining operations to the east that I could hear. Sixth highpoint on this trip, starting with Mount Sunflower.
Against our better judgement my friend and I completed the trip through 3 1/2 feet of snow, with my denim gaiters and artic tennis shoes, to make the summit. Cold day but beautiful views.
Hiked through deep powder from the road in WV. Saw a few deer on the way up and lots of tracks.
Followed Alpinist and his wife from MT. Davis to Backbone mountain. nice hike. the drive was awesome. Signed my first climbers log on a mountain. Cloudy but you could get a small glimpse of a view. good times.
A nice little climb up to the top. Got this on the way home for Thanksgiving. Beautiful weather too!
Grossed out by a hunter's dismantled deer carcass, but a nice HP, although we were a little scared since it was the first day of deer season.
Drove down from Pittsburgh with Sarah for a trifecta highpoint weekend. We hit Mt Davis and Backbone Mountain on Oct 23rd with fellow SPer xDoogiex. Sarah and I then hit Spruce Knob the following morning. We timed the autumn color change perfectly. Sadly, it was foggy on the 23rd and our visibility was pretty limited. Happily, we woke up the next morning to clear skies and were able to enjoy beautiful views on Spruce Knob.
Fun little hike. Somewhat hard to find, but managed to see the little "Maryland Highpoint" sign way up in the trees. Very appropriate name for a spiny little backbone on the high point of the hill.
Easy hike, wet and damp out. No view. But another highpoint down!
And the marker on the rocky path at the summit is not for the Mason-Dixon line.
For Pete's sake, I got really tired from this puny hike. Errk! But it was a nice hike, the view was pretty, and the early morning smells were quite pleasant.
View from the top is rare for an eastern highpoint without an observation tower. Thanks to whoever cut those trees down!
Well, no!! But evidently the first ascent documented on Summitpost.org! My daughter Vanessa and I hiked to the summit while on our 3-state (PA, MD, WV) highpoint trip in May, 1987. Maryland/Backbone Mountain was our 20th highpoint in first 21 months of our quest which ended in 2009 after I reached my 49 state high points. .
Dodged raindrops on the way up but the sun broke at the top rewarding us with beautiful views. The nearby state line monument was an interesting side trip.
I got the idea to climb the highest fifty points in the US so I decided to find a list online and lo and behold! Highpointing is a hobby! Sweet. I drug my girlfriend to the top of Backbone days later, and she was making fun of me the whole time until she saw the mailbox with the certificates and logbook inside. Now she's into it too!
Justin Boyle HP #8, Luis Matallana HP #9
5 of 6 HPs for the weekend.
It is easier finding the trailhead (on the left) while traveling southbound on US 219. We missed it going northbound and had to turn around.
Found the trailhead on the side of 219 past the little church. Started out following the red blaze markings on the trees which mark the National forest boundary, Luckily ended up on the right trail, the red 'HP' markers. About a foot of snow on the ground but a great hike! Backbone was my 2nd of 3 highpoints for the day.
After spending a few weekends at Deep Creek Lake, I started looking for some new places to hike and stumbled across a webpage about highpointing. It peaked my interest and the rest is history. Backbone Mountain was my first highpoint. My 7 year old daugther also made this summit with me.