BREAKING NEWS: Youngest member (RKW) of Expedition 12-01 summits Maryland's highest peak unassisted, Official time of summit 1427 (2:27pm)! Youngest climber of 2012 and possibly EVER to climb the peak unassisted at four (4) years old! ----January 14th, 2012, Near Silver Lake, Maryland, Hoye Crest, Backbone Mountain: Dadventure Expedition and Science Club's first expedition of 2012 resulted in great success today with the youngest of the two-explorer group reaching the summit first. Thigh deep snow and 15 degree weather gave the climb an additional edge of adventure. Congratulations to Expedition 12-01! NOTE: This is also RKW's first lifetime summit.
Coming from Spruce Knob, found the trailhead on 219 in the late afternoon and quickly but carefully managed the slippery logging road in the rain. Unfortunately no view at all due to rain and clouds. HP #17.
Dy found the worst walking stick ever.
Four of five made it on the way to WDC.
Nice day for a hike. Had the summit and the trail to ourselves.
My home state and my 3rd SHP.
After the exhausting summit of Spruce Knob caught Backbone on the way back to camp in Harpers Ferry.
WV-MD-PA in five hours
Routefinding was a little tricky due to the snow cover, which had bent most of the small trees to the ground, covering the trail. I didn't see another soul, but did hear some gunshots in the distance. Other than that, the only sound was snow dropping from tree branches. This was a fun little hike with great winter scenery. HP37
Parked on 219S and hurried up the mountain before dusk but I think I took the long way because it took almost 40 minutes and I was hoofing across the ridge forever. I'm not a fan of the mountain but the peak was respectable. Then I went the wrong way on the way back and came out the developed area and came out by the smallest church. It was pitch black by the time I made it back but I'm in double digits now.
Rainy ugly day, late in the evening, it was pretty dark at the top and very dark when I got to the bottom and I was soaked. Bagged the highpoint though.
Short Hike. Was able to do it during a break in the rain.
Climbed again in April of '09. The summit had been manicured quite a bit since '96. Better views and easier to find. Definitely check out the "smallest" church nearby!
With lesdubois, Elisabeth, and Sam.
Tagged BBM on my way N from spruce Knob day before. It's funny who you'll meet on the trail.....
After reading some of the previous posts, I was paying very close attention for the roadsigns. Luckily I spotted a small white "Maryland Highpoint" sign up a tree. This was a really nice little hike after driving nonstop from Mt. Davis, PA. Enjoyed lunch at the picnic table at the summit, signed the logbook and on my way. Despite the fact that it was a beautiful fall day, I had the whole place to myself going up and coming down.
Nice hike, road sign with "HP" on back must have been replaced it is no longer there. Trail pretty well marked. 2nd HP for the day also did spruce knob (for the 2nd time this year) and Mt. davis.
Nice hike for a sister and brother who were always going to do it but never did...until 6-10-2010. Must have passed this place more times than I can count in my 50+ years. If you put off something long enough, you don't have to do it. So my sister and I decided to go. Fairly easy hike even for someone as old as me and not in peak shape. Except for the pile of rotting deer carcasses near the entrance, it was great. It was my first high point I didn't just drive by and say..."I have to climb there one day."
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.