DEEP SNOW AND A LITTLE MORE COMING
Note1: Not the 10 to 15 feet some would consider deep but deep for Virginia.
Note2: Out of prudent safety concerns, the organizations I volunteer for have suspended my volunteer activities on Old Rag until conditions improve.
Until it is prudent for volunteer activities to resume, I may still be recreating on Old Rag on some days but I will not be patrolling. If you are going to be on Old Rag in these conditions assume that you will need to self-rescue if you get hurt. This does not mean that I or others will not help, just that it is best to plan for the possibility that there will be no help available.
From Peola Mills Road
If you might be someone looking for low angle rocks to practice third or fourth class slide climbing than comparing snow pictures with non-snow pictures may help.
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From Nethers Road
Contact Station In Snow
In the next picture notice that you can not get into the parking lot unless you want to shovel for a couple hours. Assume that you may need to shovel out the door of a porta pottie if you want to use it. The doors are fragile so do not try to force them to clear the snow but rather make sure you shovel enough so the door can swing freely.
The upper lot was plowed but only had room for around six cars. I helped chip ice off the road in order to create tire tracks so that a car in front of me could get up to the upper lot. The road had one lane plowed but the packed snow and ice from snow melt was causing their wheels to spin uselessly until we chipped tire tracks through the ice to the pavement. I also ended up helping another party shovel out a parking space so they would not be blocking anyone in. If you have a squared off steel spade, snow shovel or ice chipper it is good to bring them along as a precaution.
There were numerous blow downs across the trail. The next picture shows one of the largest ones.
A couple hikers low on the Ridge Trail going up. They did an up and back to the first false summit.
A couple hikers coming down in the middle of the switch backs. They had done an up and back to the summit.