Thursday, October 28, 2010

Saturday and Sunday
October 23&24, 2010
An Estimated 3,000 Visitors

Still a lot of green for this late in October. On good weather days expect that the parking lot may be full and you will need to pay $10 per car to park in the neighbor's private pasture in addition to the park's entrance fee.
The following wind swept tree has always been a favorite of mine.

Chad and Jeremy fit in a little bit of filming for their climbing mockumentary.

YEE HA the weather was wonderful all weekend. To top it off we had a full moon.

Another wonderful Old Rag sunset.

Sunday sunrise from near Byrds Nest.

Very early morning light from the summit. Despite the record number of visitors there were no major incidents on Saturday or Sunday. ORMS treated a number of cramps and a very deep cut and got in lots of response training and high angle technical practice. As close to a perfect weekend as one could hope for.

The moon had not yet set.

I almost never see walking sticks until Fall and then I see lots. I assume that they come down from high up in the trees as the tempertures drop and leaves start to fall.


  1. How early on Sunday (31st) would you recommend getting to the parking lot? And will the Mountain Patrols be in costume?

  2. Sorry no Halloween plans that I know of this year. We have toyed with the idea at times. Whenever I think I know something about Old Rag I get surprised. Last weekend Sunday never got really busy and it was not busy at all until after after about 9:30. One or two large groups showing up at 8:30 can change all that.

  3. Thanks! I think we are planning to arrive at the parking lot between sunrise and 8:00 AM so it sounds like from what you're reporting we'll be ahead of any crowd. It's the first time my two friends and I have hiked Old Rag so we're really looking forward to it.