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SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby meatstick » Fri May 15, 2009 6:43 pm

I'm putting this post here because we actually did do some scouting for trout water. My son & I started a quest yrs ago to climb the highest points in Maryland and adjoining states.
We started with Backbone Mountain in MD, then Negro Mt. in
PA, then Spruce Knob in WV ... DC and DE were no-brainers.
Mt. Rogers in SW Virginia eluded us due to the much longer driving distance. It is also a real hike/climb compared to the
others...approx 8 miles roundtrip, over a broken rock trail that runs thru forests, rock outcroppings, and mountain meadows.
My son had hiking shoes, I had deck shoes ... I ain't real bright. My hip joints, knees, and ankles took a beating ... but I was almost 100% the next day. Sarah, I have vast amounts of respect for your marathon activities.
The trail-head near the parking area in Grayson Highlands SP.
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Not the summit, just a rock behind the parking area.
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John4 about to be bitten by a Wilburn pony. They run wild on the mountain.
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An easy meadow stretch.
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About half way. It's dry and wind blown up there.
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Ponies near a peak. Not "the" peak. There are about 4 peaks like this on the way up.
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The lone shelter at about 3 miles.
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It was very strange to come across a near rainforest area
just prior to the summit. It was 20 degrees cooler there.
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This rock is the summit. Has a USGS survey disk embedded
in it.
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John4 looks shocked that we finally made it. The disk is at the lower right at bottom of sunny patch. Some real chiseler put it there.
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Eureka !!
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The view to the south from the last meadow. Looking toward Mt. Mitchell in NC.
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We stumbled upon a ton of streams ... too many to list. They all had brookies and the lower elevation streams had browns and brookies. We stopped at a church that had a finely manicured 200 yd "lawn" that bordered one stream.
There was a lady flyfishing. I said to my son: "dang it, I told you I should have brought my 3 wt". But I took along "no" tackle because I knew we'd never climb the mountain if I did. I talked to the nice lady ... I think she may have been the ministers wife. She said she'd only been fly fishing for 2 wks. She was casting extremely well. I told her she was "there" and must have had good initial instruction. She said: "my uncle, he's been FF for 30+ yrs".
The water was a bit rolly from recent rains, but fishable. I asked if she'd been seeing fish. "The last 3 evenings I have been wacking the browns... not huge, but 11-13 inches from right here on the church lawn". She went on to tell me that it was a good spot ... and 2 yrs ago one of the parisheners caught a 7+ pound brown from behind the mid-stream rock. She said: "This is the South Fork". The south fork of what I don't know. It was south and east of Marion, VA. We saw one riser while standing there... and some huge crayfish. She was fishing a "big" dry fly, like a Stimulator. I think a bugger or nymph would have cleaned up.

In all a fun 2 days, injury free, and our quest is complete.

Moral: "always pack a 5 wt ... no matter what".
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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby TreyG » Fri May 15, 2009 8:48 pm

Cool stuff Whaler! Thanks for sharing this.

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby Cutter » Fri May 15, 2009 9:57 pm

Johnny,

Remember: pack rod and good boots go everywhere!
The world is your oyster-
So show up with a knife and know how to shuck.

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby Emerson » Sat May 16, 2009 4:36 am

John,
Great pics and story.. :D

Great father son activity!
expelled by el Compressor

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby JHasty » Sat May 16, 2009 7:14 am

>>> Great Story n Pics. A+

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby 9ft4wt » Sun May 17, 2009 7:29 am

Whaler:

Headed to Damascus to fish for five days Memorial Day week. Was already starting to get psyched about the trip. Your pics of Mt. Rogers have sent me over the edge. Can't wait.

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby ttft2 » Sun May 17, 2009 8:36 pm

Thanks for the post. Mt. Rogers is definitely on my list.

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby 9ft4wt » Wed May 20, 2009 8:59 am

Whaler:

South and east of Marion, that must have been the South Fork of the Holston. Were you down around Sugar Grove by chance? The section through the gorge above Buller fish hatchery is a terrific place to toss a fly, and there are some big browns in there.

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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby woody » Wed May 20, 2009 9:18 am

very nice story
Thanks for reminding me to call for a float trip on the Holston
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Re: SW Virginia Mountaineering ...

Postby meatstick » Wed May 20, 2009 11:44 am

9ft4wt, a little WSW of Sugar Grove. Yes, now that I have had a chance to use MapTech
... it is the south fork of Holston.

On the grounds of Riverside Baptist Church.
127 Red Stone Rd, Chilhowie, VA‎ - (276) 646-5960‎

Amazing how you can re-trace your footsteps with a computer.

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