The boys used the backpacks they got for their last birthdays. They each carried their own sleeping bags, food, snacks, water, headlamp, and a change of underwear and socks. The first day all of our hiking was going up. Here they are taking a break about 3 miles in.
Paul pointed to our final destination for the day - another 3 miles or so from this meadow, on Mount Rogers. This is the highest mountain in Virginia.
Cort did get a little tired with so much climbing. He has the shortest legs of the bunch, plus he has asthma, so it's genuinely more difficult for him. Paul took one for the team in carrying Cort's pack in addition to his own for a while.
We made it to the top and set up camp at one of the most beautiful spots around. The view was phenomenal.
Stay tuned....next post I'm going to show you pictures of what makes Mount Rogers so unique compared to other parts of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Plus, on Friday, I'll be posting a special bloopers edition that will be sure to amuse.
Have a safe and fun Fourth!