Posts tagged “rocks

VHTRC Boyer’s Furnace Fat Ass Forty

A 42 mile run in the Massanuttens with the VHTRC on a lovely late December day with temperatures in the 60’s…ahhh. Life is good.

“Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach.”  -John Muir

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Sunrise in Fort Valley

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Early climb to Woodstock Tower

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Super clear views as far as the eye could see

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Gourmet aid station!

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A lovely stretch of trail with many Massanutten rocks

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Late afternoon views

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The final push through the river trail at Veach Gap


Sugarloaf Mountain – A Monadnock

I love the word monadnock. In case you weren’t enamored with geology in college like I was, here’s the definition:

monadnock or inselberg is an isolated rock hill, knob, ridge, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain. (Wikipedia) 

Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland is a monadnock covered with a multitude of technical, rocky, steep and challenging trails. Enjoy!

Lots of rocks...lots of climbing

Lots of rocks…lots of climbing (are you sure we aren’t in the Massanuttens?!)

Cool rock formations

Cool rock formations

Nice views from the top

Nice views from the top


Bel Monte 50K

Beautiful view from the trail

Beautiful view from the trail

The first creek crossing at the falls.

The first creek crossing at the falls.

Just loved this tree in a sea of green rocks.

Just loved this tree in a sea of green rocks.

Sunrise at the first overlook - made the climb worth every step.

Sunrise at the first overlook – made the climb worth every step.

Lots of rocks to run on.

Rocks. Lots of them. Actually had a lot of fun running on this stretch of trail!


VHTRC Elizabeth’s Furnace 50K – Massanutten Mountains

A fun day in the mountains with the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club!

And the rocks begin...

And the rocks begin…

One of many stream crossings

One of many stream crossings

Climbing on the ridge - that resembled a stegasaurus' back

Climbing on the ridge – that resembled a stegasaurus’ back

The views from the top are always worth the work it takes to get there.

The views from the top are always worth the work it takes to get there.


Old Rag

Rock Scramble on Old Rag

Bouldering over Old Rag

 

Running down Old Rag

Running down Old Rag – a perfect blue sky winter day

 


Laurel Highlands Ultra

Here is a slideshow of beautiful trail from the 33rd annual Laurel Highlands Ultra in Pennsylvania. This 70.5 mile trail race was challenging, rocky, gorgeous, technical, rooty, fabulous, ferny, magical, frustrating, rocky, hilly, spectacular, and FUN. I took a few photos on trail – enjoy!

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A Monadnock in Maryland – Sugarloaf Mountain

An amazing spring day for a run on the trails


Bull Run – Occoquan Trail

Winter View

Rocks

CFA – July 23, 2007

On Saturday, July 23, approximately 75 runners gathered in a parking lot near Luray, VA to do the Catherines Fat Ass 50K. Jeff gave a race briefing – “there are only 3 hills” and we were off to run through the Massanutten Mountains. There was a 21 mile option that some people (me) chose to do instead since it was another smoking hot summer day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started out with a steep, but beautiful uphill climb that kept going…and going…and going…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…but the view from the top was amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful creek along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The icy pops mid-race were a fabulous surprise from Jack and his son on the way into Pitt Spring – WOWZERS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saw several of these gorgeous moths on the purple trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best. Aid. Station. Ever. – Ice cold washcloths, watermelon with lime, and lots of smiles and encouragement. These guys rocked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love the interesting rock formations on the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the final descent, a series of fun, rocky switchbacks.


Rocks

These colorful rocks caught my eye while running at Fountainhead Park.


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