This is a first for any of the contests here.
Starting and finishing at Anderson E. Shumate Memorial Bridge at 1548 ft to the Angel's Rest at 3633 ft
The map indicates the elevation change and surrounding areas. The actual trail varies from the highlighted area. There are many more switchbacks than what is marked. Any further trips to the Angel's Rest will be made coming from the west and walking up one of the fire roads and then along the ridge line.
Boots - Danner acadia, hiking socks, polyester base, cargo pants, insulated sweatshirt (Burnt orange in color), gloves -Blackhawk SOLAG, baseball hat, spyderco delica w/ wave feature, Glock 23 in a Crossbreed IWB holster,
Backpack - :
1. fire starting kit - matches, bic lighter, petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls.
2. MREs - Chicken chunks with salsa and Mexican rice. and a Mountain House meal.
3. Rain Jacket - Rolled up on top of backpack.
4. SOG SEAL Pup - in kydex sheath.
5. Towel - small hand towel.
6. Toiletry bag - TP, trowel,
7. First Aid Kit - sam splint, band aids, alcohol prep pad, emt shears, 4" israeli bandage, tape.
8. Kitchen cook set - SS pot, knife/spoon/fork set, Vargo lightweight stove, Vargo Triad denatured alcohol/tablet fuel stove, Syringe (for priming stove),
9. 32 oz. Nalgene bottle, and an old 16oz water bottle for denatured alcohol.
10. Extra Pair of socks, and wool half-finger gloves, safety whistle, 25' 550 cord wrapped and attached to a carabiner, Tritium illuminated lensatic compass,
11. AP Trail topo map of area.
12. head lamp.
13. Glock 22 mag.
Most of the gear carried was unnecessary, but could have been necessary if an overnight would have been needed. No tent/tarp or sleeping bag was packed though. The weight was fine, unfortunately I did not weigh it prior to leaving. The backpack has previously had issues with the MOLLE straps on the bottom interfering with the IWB holster. More irritation than anything else though. So I took the waist belt and looped it through the straps to get them both out of the way.
The boots were being tested and broken in, which performed well overall with no problem and only a couple of warm spots.
From the parking area at Rt. 100 near Bluff City I walked to Pearis Cemetery.
An MRE was eaten early on at the cemetery. Most of the water up to this point was carried in a water bottle that was left in the vehicle. Chicken with salsa and mexican rice. The problem came with all of it fitting too snugly in the MRE heater provided. The original plan was to rehydrate a Mountain House meal once up on the Angel's Rest. Due to a lack of time in the schedule, this was omitted.
Then along AP Trail to New River (460 connection), and back to cross the Pearis Cemetery trail towards Bluff City and points beyond.
The trail continues across the bridge then goes under the bridges and up Peters Mountain and across it's ridge north.
Starting up from Bluff City towards Pearisburg, VA and the Angel's Rest. At the start of this area the trail goes along Route 100 for maybe 50 yards or so then slips into a wooded Pine area between residences in some places.
This is looking out from the Pearis Cemetery area towards Bluff City and Rt. 100.
This is looking back on the Pearis Cemetery Area with Rt. 100 between.
The wind was bad in this area but it started off being around 50 degrees. The further i climbed the colder it became. There was hail/sleet for a period of the climb, but it had stopped by the time I reached the top. As the wind picked up the widow-makers in the forest started letting themselves be known through creaks and branches falling. So I moved through these areas as quickly as possible.
At or near the Rest along the top of the Mountain.
The hail/sleet accumulation and looking back down the trail.
This is a partial view from looking out over the Rest. It is a right to left progression.
After that it was time for a break in which I drank half the water left and decided if I did not leave now I would be traveling a long way down the trail in the dark.
So these are now the pics of the trip back out the way I came.
There were not many opportunities to fill up on water on the way up. This area held the only pools between the river and the Rest at the top.
By now it was too dark to take any more pictures and the head lamp was out. This is the Cross Ave that cuts the trail partway up the mountain.
Still a ways to go before I reached my vehicle though.
All in all a good day trip.