RATC 120 #6-Rice Fields 21sh mile section

RATC 120 #6 was the Rice Fields section, between Pocahontas Rd/460-Pearisburg to Stony Creek/Cherokee Flats. It was a 17 mile and almost 4000 foot climb trek. We staged cars, at both ends and did a point to point.

This section is actually maintained by Virginia Tech and is in the middle of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club section. Fletch kept asking me about this, as he is extremely knowledgeable about tthe AT. I figured it was part of the 120, but it is not. My 120 challenge is now around a 140 challenge…RATC plus at least some of the VT section. From Bland to Black Horse is around 140.

This was one of the coldest long runs, that I have ever been on. This trek is on a ridge, for 12sh miles. It was super cold, already, but a big time windchill, on the ridge, added a ton. Had to be single digits, counting the ridge windchill. I left my beanie on for the first 12 miles or so. That is unheard head always gets hot. My hands were really cold also. I did wear shorts and, as usual, my legs never got cold.

The group was Emily, Rachel, Fletch, Huck and myself.

The climbing was deceiving. It did not seem like we were climbing as much, as what my watch was saying, in the early miles.

Highlights were the long Ridgeline, the Rice Fields shelter and the Swamp Branch shelter.

Great section and many thanka to Emily, Rachel and Fleth for arranging it.

We all went out to eat at Bluegrass BBQ in Pembroke, after. What a treat that was. Food and atmosphere is fantastic.

RATC 120 #5-Stony Creek to 42

Another fantastic day and trek, on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club 120 challenge. This one was a 19sh mile section, in the Pearisburg/Giles County area.

I was blessed to have been able to run adventure with Emily, Rachel, Fletch and Huck-Emily and Jeremy’s dog. Jeremy was not able to run this one, but was kind enough to shuttle us. Thanks Jeremy!

This is us, at the Stony Creek start:

We climbed around 1300 feet, in the first 2 miles and around 1700, in the first 5 miles. We topped out at Wind Rock, at mile 5. Snow was on the ground, at around 3000 feet.

We had a big descent after Wind Rock, then another big climb to Kelly Knob.

Highlights of this trek are as follows:

Wind Rock-a great peak lookout view at over 4100 feet:

Bailey Gap Shelter:

Lone Pike Peak-over 4000 feet – no picture

War Spur Shelter:

Mountain Lake Wilderness area:

Kelly Knob lookout view-3730 feet (foggy/cloudy views):

Laurel Creek Shelter:

Open fields, near the end-42: Emily took this photo of Huck running back to her

Finish at 42:

I have around 76 miles completed, on the challenge. I have around 44 to go. Rice Fields section is next.