Category Archives: Mt Rogers NRA

The Itch

By the fall of 1999, I had been at MRNRA for over a year, and was beginning to feel the urge to move on, but the time wasn’t right. I honestly felt that I had enough experience to start applying … Continue reading

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Lost And Found

One of the most somber tasks of anyone who works in the backcountry is that of finding someone who has become lost. It is the hope and goal of every individual on a search and rescue team to bring back … Continue reading

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Leading A Trail Crew

One of the first trail crews I worked on was with the Appalachian Trail Conference’s Konnarock Crew. Since they were based out of the Mt. Rogers Work Center near Sugar Grove, VA, it was the perfect option to learn some … Continue reading

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Learning A New Set Of Skills

I spent the first couple of months at Mt. Rogers becoming familiar with the trail network. On average, I hiked about 8 to ten miles per day and the route I chose was up to me. It would not be … Continue reading

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A Cabin In The Woods

My first assignment as a full-time volunteer at Mt. Rogers was that of a backcountry ranger. My area was bounded by Elk Garden to the west, Fox Creek and VA 603 to the north, Grayson Highlands State Park to the … Continue reading

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Into The Great Wide Open

Damascus Virgina is a small community just across  the Tennessee state line. There are several trails that go directly through the town limits including the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, Bicycle Route 76, and of course, the Appalachian … Continue reading

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Back Home Again

By the middle of August, 1998 I had hiked from Mt. Katahdin in Maine to Gorham, NH, a distance of about 300 miles. Money was becoming slim so it had come time to go back to the real world, get … Continue reading

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