Two Miles Up - The Priest , Three Ridges, & The Priest In A Day, VA
Having long been intrigued by big elevation gains, this was a much anticipated hike to one of my favorite areas of Virginia to attempt to break my own personal record for cumulative elevation gain in one day. The idea was to start in the Tye River Valley and hike up The Priest, backtrack down and then hike the loop over Three Ridges on the other side of the valley, then repeat The Priest again. It was a cool, cloudy day when my buddy Dave and I hit the trail before 5am and succeeded at this effort. It wasn't easy but I was in better shape than I expected at the end of our 15 1/2 hour, 10,700 gain (over two miles up!), 32 1/2 mile epic hike.
Mar 25, 2012