Monday, February 20, 2012

Dolly Sods Wilderness

I'm going to keep this entry short on words and just let the pictures speak for themselves.  The Dolly Sods backcountry is a beautiful place, and if you haven't visited you should be planning your first trip there soon.

As incredible as the scenery is, the Sods can be an unforgiving place.  Winds there can be brutal, and 50-60 mph gusts are common.  Additionally, don't expect to take a hike without having to walk through at least a few swampy mud holes.  This past December a group of friends and I were hiking through the backcountry and we ended up knee deep in a bog, which from a distance looked like nothing more than a mossy meadow.  Waterproof footwear is a must!  Most importantly, bring a GPS or compass if you plan to leave the roads.  The trails are not well marked and the woods can be so thick that it's difficult to see more than 10-20 yards in front of you in places.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Snow, Snow, Snow!!!

Well, winter finally showed up this past weekend and we were lucky to find ourselves in the thick of it!  We headed up to Canaan Valley Friday evening as the snow started to fall, and by the time we got to our cabin that night there was already a decent amount of the white stuff piling up.

Saturday morning we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed straight for Timberline Resort.  The snow was still coming down hard, and visibility was limited to say the least.  We spent most of the day skiing in near white out conditions.

We're really looking forward to our next trip!