Old Rag Mountain Climber's Log

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Nice Axe!

Nice Axe! - Jun 14, 2009 7:12 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

Nice surprise  Sucess!

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!

thejknight

thejknight - May 4, 2009 11:03 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2009

Wet fun  Sucess!

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.

Hotoven

Hotoven - Apr 16, 2009 11:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2001

Fun Hike As A Kid  Sucess!

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!

gkaufman

gkaufman - Mar 30, 2009 10:25 am Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2009

Slippery Scramble  Sucess!

Summited Old Rag first on my way to Robertson Mountain. The wet rocks made for some interesting scrambling especially on the crux.

gkaufman

gkaufman - Feb 9, 2009 12:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008

Old Rag... a league all its own  Sucess!

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.

jamesmh

jamesmh - Nov 30, 2008 11:02 am

Generally 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.

Koba

Koba - Oct 20, 2008 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008

Holy crowds  Sucess!

Didn't see a single person coming from Skyland down the Old Rag Fireroad until the base of Old Rag, holy freakin' crowds!

silversummit

silversummit - Sep 14, 2008 11:52 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2004

Climbed twice!  Sucess!

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!

eruselow

eruselow - Jul 13, 2008 7:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008

Best hike in the Southeast  Sucess!

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).

Sam Page

Sam Page - Apr 21, 2008 9:45 pm

2x  Sucess!

I scampered up here in the late 1990s. It is a rare scramble in the vicinity of DC.

R2Creatives

R2Creatives - Apr 21, 2008 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2008

First Hike with my Daughter  Sucess!

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.

Bluebell08

Bluebell08 - Apr 16, 2008 12:57 am Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008

Great fun  Sucess!

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.

bc44caesar

bc44caesar - Mar 16, 2008 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2008

Multiple  Sucess!

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.

taxinvestor

taxinvestor - Feb 27, 2008 9:12 pm Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2008

Snowy  Sucess!

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.

ssfitz

ssfitz - Jan 15, 2008 8:38 am Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2007

Best trail around  Sucess!

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.

YEM

YEM - Jan 14, 2008 1:39 am

Best 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.

eric-griz

eric-griz - Dec 1, 2007 5:16 pm

Fun 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.

Judd97

Judd97 - Nov 18, 2007 8:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2006

Loads of Fun  Sucess!

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!

JonW

JonW - Nov 16, 2007 4:21 pm

Best 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.

tioga

tioga - Oct 8, 2007 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008

Fun Climb  Sucess!

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.

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