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Sunrise from the Summit of Old Rag Mountain...with a twist!!

Lets enjoy the sunrise in Old Rag Mountain...but this time we will end it with a big bang!!!

This will be a demanding hike because of the time frame and the pace we will be moving,  please consider your physical strength, this hike is not for the faint of heart.

The Old Rag Mountain hike in the Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the mid-Atlantic region. 
With many spectacular panoramic views, and one of the most challenging rock scrambles in the park, this circuit hike is a favorite of many hikers. it's the only hike we give a 5 star rating to for views. Many hikers also prefer to do this loop counterclockwise, thereby tackling the rock scramble on the Ridge Trail on the downhill. Either way, the rock scramble can be challenging, being both steep, and requiring climbing through cracks in the rock. The best bet to enjoy this great hike is hit summit at 5:00 AM to see and enjoy the Sun rise and to make even more interested we will be back the same way we did come up scramble included, yeap, that's right we won't take the grandma trail (fire road) to came back. 
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And now about the big twist!!

Way this time this popular hike will be different than others hikes I have leaded before? 

Well, aside that we all will do the regular midnight hike up to the summit at a very good speed, enjoy sunrise, hike back down and head back home,  10  lucky ones of us (for now an on know as the "lucky 10") will stay on the summit and expend the rest of the day doing rock climbing, yea, you read right, there is no mistake here, we will stay and rock climb the 100 feet tall rock wall that make the summit itself. 

No, none of you have to do the rock climbing part, there will be group of friends rock climbers amount us that will come with that only purposes. The lucky 10, I do reserved the admission right for that privilege group, the rock climbing part of the trip is reserved ONLY to experience rock climbers but if you have enough time on your hands and want to watch, you are welcome to stick around. 

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Lucky 10 group  stats: 

Summit rock climbing routes ratings:
1.- Pedestal - 5.6
2.- Pure fun - 5.7
3.- Pure fun variation - 5.7
4.- Twin cracks - 5.7
5.- Groovy - 5.9
6.-Beginners crack - 5.4

Star time: 2:00 am.  - If you are not there 10 minutes early, then you already late.   
Pace: Moderate  - No time to smell the flowers that we won't be able to see anyway. 
Gear required:  *Head lamp *Gloves *Wool cap *Extra layers, we don't want you frozen your butt on the summit. 
And bring plenty of water, at least 2 lt.
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Google driving directions: 
https://goo.gl/maps/gqYBC
GPS coordinates: [masked], [masked]
-------------------------------------------------------------------- CARPOOL: Don't forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!
Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.
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  • Darwin

    Hey guy, do you have pictures?
    C'mon, don't keep it as your personal secret treasure, share whit us.

    July 13, 2014

  • Darwin

    Most of my trips happen here, take a look.
    http://www.meetup.com/young-adventurers/

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Chris

    Howdy! It was great hiking alongside your group today (we were from the Baltimore Hiking Meetup Group). I just uploaded a few photos to this event, as a few of you are in the photos I took. Happy trails!

    2 · July 12, 2014

    • Darwin

      Thank you so much Chris, hope we can join forces next time and do some cross-post trips some time. I do go out practically ever single weekend in special in winter time, long distance hikes 20+ miles, backpacking trips, rock climbing amount others.

      1 · July 13, 2014

  • Thomas M.

    Just parked in the back lot. Red vw.

    July 11, 2014

  • Cristina Adelia M.

    does anyone have a contact for tonight...where exactly are we meeting at the vienna metro station?

    July 11, 2014

    • Cristina Adelia M.

      thank you!! see you there. I wil be in a van with 6 other friends...and we will follow the caravan to Shenandoah!

      July 11, 2014

    • Darwin

      Vienna metro..if by mistake you get on the other side of metro station (Fairfax) just walk the tunnel connection

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone need a ride for tonight

    July 11, 2014

    • Manette

      I will need one:)

      July 11, 2014

    • Thomas M.

      I could use one, though I could drive and take two others with me.

      July 11, 2014

  • Scott

    Apparently, I can't post to well :) I won't be able to make the hike. Be safe everyone and see you in the next one!

    July 11, 2014

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - Remember, we will meeting at Vienna metro at mid-night.

    1 · July 9, 2014

  • David

    hi people how are you all? how i wonder, I never been Hiking before is it fun? or what's so good about it how i ponder?

    July 11, 2014

  • Dan

    We'll have to meet you guys at the trail head. See you there.

    July 10, 2014

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - For the ones in located DC-VA-MD north area, lets all pre-meet up Vienna metro Friday midnight so that way we can arrange carpool and ride together to Old Rag parking lot.

    July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am willing to drive. I am in purcellville and have a van. Please message me if you woukd like a ride.

    July 6, 2014

  • Darwin

    CARPOOL: Don't forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!
    Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
    Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.

    July 6, 2014

  • Cristina Adelia M.

    Is anyone able to carpool to the mountain/ is anyone thinking of camping the night before at the base of the trail...or nearby?

    July 6, 2014

    • Cristina Adelia M.

      I am in the tenleytown area !

      July 6, 2014

    • Darwin

      No camping allowed unless you have a permit for such thing.

      July 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds Beautiful. I have not ventured onto the mountains yet of this part of the country. I wish there were a less demanding version of this meetup.

    2 · July 4, 2014

    • Aaron P.

      I wouldn't worry much about difficulty. It's really not that demanding. I just did this hike at night with a friend who had never been hiking before and she had a blast.

      1 · July 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Aaron. I feel more at ease about this hike.

      July 6, 2014

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - This is a very popular event, we may have 20 up to 30 participants...We always do.

    July 2, 2014

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