ORMS FUN DAY
HUNDREDS OF FEET OF CLASS FOUR ROCK REACHING TO THE SKY
AFTER POST PHOTO ADDITIONS
The next five pictures are from Steward Kristan
The next four pictures are from Steward Karen
From the summit looking towards Graves Mountain
Saturn and the Moon from the summit.
The following two pictures are from Steward Dwayne
I heard designs on a reality show WOMEN OF OLD RAG personally I think Andy's Angles would work better.
Another great Old Rag sunset.
THE HEDDLESTON TOOLEY 2010 ORMS ROUTE
The soul of a great route. Alpine Journal's publishers would never agree but I think this one should be in the next edition.
Check out Old Rag Mountain Steward's, Silver Spring Wanderer's, Horizontal Tread's, and Shenandoah Mountain Guides' blogs for even more great pictures and text about the weekend.
Today was an ORMS Fun Day. A reward for all our hours of service on the mountain.
(SHHH! don't tell but our hours of service are usually fun too.)
Like all kids, young and old, we wanted it all. On this day we had a HUGE agenda planned. Well we only got through the first part of the agenda but it was FUN!!! Just the first part of the agenda took us past nightfall. We are hoping to get the rest of the agenda done at some future date.
A SHOUT OUT TO ALL OUR
ACTIVE AND ALUMNI MEMBERS
NOT WITH US ON THIS DAY
WE MISSED YOU ALL AND WE ARE HOPING TO CATCH YOU ON FUTURE FUN DAYS.
FOR THE ALUMNI WHOSE LIFE'S EVENTS KEEP THEM FAR AWAY JUST REMEMBER ONCE AN ORMSER ALWAYS AN ORMSER.
WITHIN OUR WONDERFUL VIRGINIA SHIRE THE ORMS TRIBE IS STILL GUARDING OUR WAPENTAKE CALLED OLD RAG. LISTEN CLOSELY, WOVEN DEEPLY IN THE BACKGROUND OF OLD RAG'S WINDS YOU MAY HEAR THE WHISPERING OF SWORDS AND SHIELDS AT THE WAPENTAKE.
Note: "OUR" is an interesting word, it can reflect a person(s) claim to an object but it can also indicate an objects claim on a person(s). In this case I use the word to indicate the later. Like all of the National Parks, Old Rag is yours too.
For me, the day's kick-off theme song was:
I'M COMING OUT by Diane Ross and The Supremes
It had been a long time since I had listened to this song but it is an awesome upbeat piece of music.
I took the liberty to write a verse that reflects the day's CELEBRATION OF ADVENTURE .
We’re coming out
We want the world to know
Got to let it show
We’re coming out
We want the world to know
We got to let it show
The time has come for us
To break out of the shell
WE HAVE TO SHOUT!
That We’re coming out .
We’ve got to show the world
All that we wanna be
And all our billities
Ther's so much more to us
Somehow, we have to make them
We got it well in hand
And, oh, how we've planned
We’re spreadin' love
There's no need to fear
And we just feel so glad
Everytime we hear:
We’re coming out.
We are always looking for new friends to join our fun and noble cause. Come out with us. If you're interested contact the head of the Old Rag Mountain Stewards, Andy Nichols.
Note: There is a link for the Old Rag Mountain Steward Blog on the right side of my blog. Just go to the web site and follow the links to communicate directly with Andy to join us. Spring Training Weekend 2011 will be upon us before you know it.
The part of the agenda we did get done was climbing the first pitches of what I will call the Heddleston-Tooley 2010 ORMS route up the western slabs of Old Rag. Check out the pictures of a few of the pitches. Many thanks to Chad, Jeremy and anyone else who had a hand in designing this wonderful route and the day's adventure. Chad and Jeremy along with Ben's help put in a very artful day of setting and removing fixed lines while guiding/teaching/training/ their nine ORMS friends how to self belay or ascend on the fixed lines.
Starting on Middle Sunset ledge. We went past Frigid Air (Trad 5.8) and then down around and over to:
Once a long time ago Old Rag was 30,000 feet tall. At around 1.3 Billion years of age its pretty short now but it is still a real mountain.
A class five move and arguably the crux of the days climb.
Arriving on Old Rag Summit after dark (with some rain it could have been an epic) we put in a quick call to Rudy's to make sure our pizza's would be waiting.
SOME CONSUMER ADVICE
Rudy's is a great hiker friendly pizzeria just a short block from Route 211 in the center of downtown Sperryville. For the B&B or wine tasting crowd the following link should provide some ideas. http://sperryville.com/. If you are both a very busy professional short on time and a hiker/adventure seeker/ nature lover/ climber of any skill level, staying at a great B&B and hiring the Shenandoah Mountain Guides http://www.teamlinkinc.com/shenandoah/index.htm to put together a personally tailored day in the mountains is a high powered way to a great experience.
At Rudy's Jesse performed an acrobatic move in order to get the day's whole band of explorers on film.
One of the day's highlights was watching falcons harass a raven. We feel lucky when we see one falcon on this day there was a flock of free flying falcons.