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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2010 at 12:13 AM

I hiked the Old Rag Mountain trail in Shenandoah National Park (Virginia) with some buddies on Saturday. The last quarter mile or so to the summit is all jumping from rock to rock, squeezing through crevices, finding hand-holds to haul yourself onto a ledge, shimmying over boulders, etc. It was a blast... and a very hunter-gather-ish.

Anyone else have suggestions for this type of activity?

http://i40.tinypic.com/1zxwldf.jpg

(I'm not stuck, it just looks that way; but the passage is very narrow!)

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on May 13, 2010
at 06:31 PM

@ gilliebean: ha! My two hiking partners were both in Vibrams. I have a pair, but I didn't think my feet were strong enough yet to handle something like this. Next time!

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on May 13, 2010
at 03:48 PM

What are ya doing with those boats on yer feet! Git some minimalist shoes to play in! ;)

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on May 11, 2010
at 08:23 PM

That looks like fun, I'm jealous. Florida can really suck sometimes as far as terrain variety goes.

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on November 21, 2010
at 05:24 PM

You could try actual hunting. Small game hunting with a shotgun is an interesting combination of walking over varied terrain, with possibly even a bit of scrambling, plus, depending on gun, you're carrying the eqivalent of a 6-8lb barbell, not to mention whatever you've got in your pack (which amounts to a weighted vest).

If you want more scramble, try hunting for mountain goat or Dall sheep.

Plus, it's a great mental workout; instead of processing highly mediated abstract symbolic information delivered via monitor or printed page, you're trying to process a ton of sensory information incoming from a broader range of senses, from your entire environment as opposed to a screen or book right in front of you. And you're trying to ferret out fast, agile, incredibly well-camouflaged animals with much better sensor suites than your own.

And if you bag something, wild game is to pasture-fed organic free-range meat as pasture-fed organic free-range meat is to factory farmed CAFO meat.

Why play at doing something hunter-gatherish when you can actually hunt? In other words, if you're going paleo, why not just go the whole hog and actually do what you were evolved to do instead of just approximating it?

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on May 13, 2010
at 05:19 PM

The trails around Letchworth State Park in Mount Morris, New York (south of Rochester).

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on May 13, 2010
at 03:28 PM

Big Bend area of Texas. it's a desert, but with islands of green mountains. There is almost every type of terrain you can imagine. Some trails are far more difficult than others....

I enjoy the boulder hopping and hiking in the Chisos Mountains.

Check out this site for more information: http://www.visitbigbend.com

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on May 11, 2010
at 10:47 PM

Mahoosuc Notch in Maine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahoosuc_Notch

The Appalachian Trail has plenty of rock dancing stretches, actually. That one is just the best known and the toughest.

PA has an awesome "knife edge" ridge I remember swinging off using a tree. Oh, and Blackstack Cliffs on the AT in NC is awesome!

There's also a great rock scramble on the west ridge of Massanutten in northern VA. Look for the bit on the map that says "experienced hikers only" (not on the AT)

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on May 11, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Smith Rocks near Redmond, Oregon.

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on May 11, 2010
at 03:55 AM

Ah Glenn, you bring back memories of my (relative) youth. I haven't hiked Old Rag in over 20 years.

If you're a fan of the movie "Last of the Mohicans" you can explore some of the filming locations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, such as Chimney Rock, Dupont State Forest, and Linville Falls ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Mohicans_(1992_film)#Locations ). At Chimney Rock Park you can explore cliffs and crevices similar to Old Rag Mountain. The Dupont State Forest has over 90 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, and 4 of the waterfalls used in the movie. When the weather is dry, you can hike up the face of Bridal Veil falls, then cross the river by walking through a rock cavity behind the falls.

The Flatirons and Front Range of the Rockies, just outside of Boulder, CO ( http://www.visitingboulder.com/hiking-in-boulder.php ), are wonderful places for scampering hikes over, around and through rocks and boulders.

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on May 11, 2010
at 12:51 AM

I highly recommend Seneca Rocks in West Virginia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_Rocks

and Enchanted Rock in central Texas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enchanted_Rock

There's assorted good camping, swimming, hiking, climbing sites near both - in addition to the big rocks themselves.

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on November 21, 2010
at 04:13 PM

Scrambling, rock hopping and fell running are popular throughout the UK, especially Scotland and the Lake District of England.

Scrambling along Jack's Rake in October was amazing. For views like this.

Going back in the spring to do Striding Edge for the first time. Maybe in the snow.

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