The Blue Ridge Berserkers
Posted by Hagen on Jul 31, 2012
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City or Place: Shenandoah NP, Washington and Jefferson NF, and elsewhere in the region.
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Categories: Hiking, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Social
Partner Status: Want Partners
We're a small group of old-school backpackers and hikers in our 30's and 40's in northern and central Virginia. Most of us have 20-30+ years of backpacking/camping/orienteering/scouting experience. I'm putting a top-rope system together, as we're looking to expand past scrambling and bouldering to break into top rope rock and ice climbing, as well as winter rope team work on steeper routes to train for bigger objectives.
All of us are or have been involved with medieval reenactment of one form or another, and we have a rugged viking theme we run off of. There's no medieval garb or anything silly like that, just the viking attitude of adventure, courage and honor, as well as evening revelry. We have fun with it! We do recommend you carry a viking saxe, it's a very handy utility knife that can chop wood as well. No proper viking explorer should be without one!
We are always looking to meet like-minded outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels to join us. It doesn't matter if it's just for one hike or you're interested in joining the team. Come out and play with us! I will post up our future outings.
"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail."
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