Old Rag Mt. is in the Central section of Shenandoah National Park. Near Sperryville, Va. WE will depart from the peninsula (meet behind the Burger King on Rt. 17 in Newport News) at 7:30 pm Fri. night. We will carpool to our destination. This is a moderate hike over mixed terrain we will hike appx. 1.5 miles on Fri. night and camp in the back country. Sat. mornings hike will get us above "treeline" pretty quick and we will hike about 1 mile over, under, around, and through boulders from fist to house size to our rappelling site. I'll teach a 4-5 hour class and after collecting water we will head down to our Sat. night camping site. The rappelling is geared toward beginners and I have been teaching rappelling for over 25 years, and I have all necessary gear.
You will need normal back country gear, tent/tarp, cooking gear/food, sleeping bag/ground pad, etc. There should be enough stoves and water filters that people can share those items, also people can buddy up and share tent weight. Please pack as light as possible in addition to your gear we will need to carry ropes, harnesses, and other assorted gear to rappel. Carry enough water to last until Sat. noon and a mix of clothing for warm to cool weather.
We will need to observe and follow SNP rules, no glass containers, camping in off trail areas, open fires in designated areas only, and there will be a small parking fee ( appx. $8.00) at the trail head.
After the rappelling we will gather water and head downhill to a camping area near Byrd's Nest Shelter there is no overnight camping at the shelter site but we can cook and enjoy a fire there. Sun. morning a 5 mile hike will bring us out to our vehicles
This is a very popular hike in the fall and there are large crowds, it is not a difficult hike if you are in reasonable shape but I do suggest that you pack as light as possible. Hammock camping is not a good option on this trip, no dogs are allowed. Please call or email Rick for additional info.