Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 14&15 2012

Saturday and Sunday April 14&15, 2012

A blowdown that was only partially blocking the lower Ridge Trail right at a switch back.   Notice the double blaze which indicates an acute turn in a trail.

The view late Saturday afternoon from the first false summit.


Corydalis semipervirens (Pale Corydalis).


 
video

Late afternoon Sunday near Byrds Nest Shelter.


Sunset shots from near Byrds Nest Shelter


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 8, 2012 Spring Flowers


SATURDAY APRIL 8, 2012

Ranger Chelsea is new to working Old Rag's contact station.
A Pink Dogwood
Domestic Azaleas
along the road to the Ridge Trail trail head.

Blooming Lilacs are butterfly magnets.



Fiddlehead


Trillium
The signature flower for Shenandoah Nation Park



Mertensia virginica
(Virginia Bluebells)
Next two picutures

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

March 31 & April 1, 2012

Saturday March 31, 2012



The following pictures are of a Spring meeting ORMS had at the Blue Ridge Center of Environmental Stewardship.





Talking among ourselves.


Talking with some of our guests.


Games and socializing after dinner.


SUNDAY RESCUE

When not volunteering for ORMS I like to volunteer for PATC Trail Patrol.    On Sunday I was able to provide a little bit of help with an extraction of a rock climber who had broken his leg on a climb on Old Rag's Skyline (aka PATC) Wall.    The following pictures and links detail the incident:




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhhRajRxoyI



http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/04/after-overnight-delay-injured-hiker-rescued-from-old-rag-mountain-in-shenandoah-park-74437.html


After helping with the incident I returned to the summit area to provide outreach and interpretation for Old Rag visitors until just before dark.