|Group gathered at Wintergreen sign - Old Appalachian Trail|
December 21, 2019 Furnace Mountain, Black Rock HikeBarbara Martin led 9 other hikers, Dave Eidtman, Mike Hammer, Jocelyn Prostko, Nancy Handley, Anna Castle, John Brandt, Marie Moss, Karen Ballen and Barbara Wilson on a Winter Solstice hike up to Black Rocks from Madison Run Road. On the way back we spied a young possum in a tree, which evoked a lot of oohs and ahs and how cute! Gorgeous views were the order of the day along with sharp changes in temperature. Towards the top the wind picked up and our lunch break at Black Rock was a short one. On the way back down the wind calmed and we enjoyed pleasant winter temps. A very jolly group of hikers! Thank you Jocelyn for some great photos.
For a day that started out cold and wet, the PATC's Charlottesville Chapter did pretty well rounding up trail workers to head out to St. Mary's Wilderness and work deep into the wilderness reclaiming the Cellar Mtn Trail. The PATC worked with the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) and Wild Virginia to reclaim the Cellar Mountain Trail, which was lost to years of unchecked vegetation growth. PATC participants included John Brandt, John Shannon, Marit Anderson, Mark Perschel, and Jeff Monroe. The group continued trail work that had been undertaken previously, and progressed to the end of the trail! It isn’t yet perfect, but it is much more open than it was before the effort started. PATC-Charlottesville hopes to have a group hike out here in the Spring of 2020.