Posts tagged “winter

MMT Training Runs – MLK Weekend

The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club puts on several excellent training runs for the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 race held in May. The Martin Luther King weekend was the first of the fat ass events. It was a warm, cold, sunny, snowy, foggy weekend to run!

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Sunrise in the Massanutten Mountains – MMT Training Run #1

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Orange trail – before the snow – Waterfall 50K

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Orange trail- after the snow – Waterfall 50K

Winter TWOT

The Wild Oak Trail is my very favorite trail. The way she wears winter is magical.

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View from Little Bald

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A snowy day on Little Bald

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And even more snow on Big Bald

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At the top of Little Bald

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We could have used snowshoes.

The Wild Oak Trail (aka TWOT)

A wonderfully wintery day on the TWOT trail. 28 miles, 8100 feet of climbing…happy, happy trails.

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My favorite spot – on the climb up Little Bald

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The view from Big Bald

Snow trails descending Big Bald

Snow trails descending Big Bald

Vicki’s Death March 2014

A VHTRC Fat Ass run on Black Friday every year. This year was a blue sky, sunshine, SNOWY adventure.

White Oak Canyon

White Oak Canyon

Big Meadows Horse Trail

Big Meadows Horse Trail



A snowy Skyline Drive

A snowy Skyline Drive

View near Hawksbill

View near Hawksbill


Maryland Heights



Pass Mountain Trail – Shenandoah National Park

A snowy run during the Polar Vortex. Animal tracks, deer beds and lots of snow made for an interesting and fun climb up the mountain and a fast, ski-like descent back down!

Trail on the climb up Pass Mountain

Trail on the climb up Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain summit

Pass Mountain summit

VHTRC Cat 8 – Massanutten Mountains

Virginia Happy Trails Running Club MMT training run – a cold and snowy run in the Massanuttens. Beautiful views, frosty temperatures, good friends on trail…a fun day!

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Bird Knob

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winter trail


January TWOT

The Wild Oak Trail…a 27 mile loop with 8000 feet of climbing. My favorite trail to play on.

Scenes from a wet, cold, windy and fun January day.

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Magical moss

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Winter trail

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Little Bald trailhead

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Gorgeous sunset – our reward after a foggy, wet and windy day on trail

Snow Run on the Appalachian Trail

An early January trail run to Thornton Gap and Shenandoah National Park on the Appalachian Trail.

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Snowy trail sunrise

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Whipped cream snowdrifts

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Winter creek


New Year’s Eve Sunset Trail Run – Shenandoah National Park

On the last day of 2013 I was lucky enough to run a favorite mountain trail, with someone I adore, and chase sunset through the mountains. A climb up Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock with a breathtaking sunset, a champagne toast and a fun, dark descent back to the car to a delicious picnic of ahi tuna and veggies was a spectacular way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here’s to a fabulous 2014 full of mountains, trails, miles, friends, laughter, adventure, love, happiness and possibility!

Sunset from Mary's Rock

Sunset from Mary’s Rock