Five days and counting until the kickoff for the Training Hike Season for Everest. San Diego/Poway, California, Saturday April 6th.
In preparation for same, and with an eye toward not embarrassing myself, I'm hiking like a madwoman. Saturday my friend Don and I headed to the Shenandoah to see what we could find. After many wrong turns (one of them a little scary), we got to the top of the White Oak Trail. Snow everywhere! The idea was to hike down the the trail head then go back up.
I made it, but barely. About 4 hours or so. Easy first 1/2, but the "hike down then go back up" part was tricky -- the "up" was literally all up. For about 2 hours. Up, I said.
The snow was difficult -- lots more slogging, being very careful about my footing. Should have brought my crampons! (Only half kidding.) Anyway, here are some nice pics from a great hike. The photo of the waterfall doesn't do it justice. We were on a ledge well above the fall (I'm terrible at judging distance, but it was pretty high). This shot was from that ledge looking down at the fall. It was magnificent!