Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Get inspired!


I saw a poster for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour while we were at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports last month, and immediately put the dates on my calendar. I really didn't know what the festival was, but I figured if it was films about mountains and adventure and stuff, I was in. I am not a fan of winter weather - the cold, the dark, the grey - and February is officially the worst month. Besides that, I've been kinda hunkered down for the past 6-8 weeks, working long hours, and Continue Reading

Big Schloss Hike – Virginia

Image of rock outcropping at the end of Big Schloss trail

Big Schloss is a gem of a hike in the George Washington National Forest. It's a moderately difficult hike at 4.4 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain. We did this hike on April 24th. I woke up super early and on a whim, started poking around Google maps to check out the peaks near us. The name caught my eye and I started looking it up on some of the trail review sites. I woke Jimmy up, we packed a lunch, and drove the pretty mountain roads to the hike. You park at the Wolf Gap Continue Reading

Bears Den Hike on the Appalachian Trail

Image: view of the Shenandoah Valley at Bears Den on the Appalachian Trail

I turned 30 last week, and to celebrate, Jimmy and I went on our first hike since we've moved up to the farm. My friend Genevieve's fiancee Sean is a local dude, and he told us about a hike called Bears Den which is about 20 miles outside Winchester down Rt 7. It was a gorgeous drive out past lots of pastoral views and plenty of cows. We even spotted a few other places to check out like Watermelon Park, and had a great little detour into Berryville. The hike is a short one (no more than 30 Continue Reading

Camping in False Cape State Park

False Cape State Park

There goes Jimmy, heading down the beach at the isolated False Cape State Park, which in fact, is the least visited park in the state. False Cape is a mile-wide barrier spit in Virginia Beach sandwiched between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. There's a reason False Cape isn't the most popular park around. It's isolated. The park is on the other side of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and the only way to access it is by hiking 4.5 miles down the beach from Sandbridge, or by the Back Bay interior Continue Reading

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls

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