Wonderful Earth Day news for lovers of the Roan Mountain area. Billionaire Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, has made a donation of 7,500 acres of land to add to all the other wonderful land making up that land mass.
Check out the story on WLOS-TV.
Pretty much all of our campers visited Roan Mountain at some point or other...either on a backpacking trip or as a day trip by van. It is a magical mountain. Check out these photos and captions found on the "Only in Your State" online newsletter:
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Sit down when you have a few minutes and watch this video shared with me today by former TMC staffer, Ben Parker.
It's about "our" Roan Mountain and how a chunk of it got its protection from mining back in the early 1970s, about a decade before TrailRidge opened. This is a story I've never heard.
It's told by Jay Leutze who just happened to be a high school classmate of Ben.
Click the link below to view the video.
Check out this little video of photos taken on a Roan Mountain hike by photographer David Dutton.
Many campers and counselors will remember this AT route exactly.
This trail dog "Dee," photographed by David Dutton, was captured hiking on the Appalachian Trail between Carver's Gap and Hump Mountain. That trail sure brings back memories.
Former TrailRidger Davies Hood of the Birmingham area posted this photo of a seasonal brew from Highland Brewing Company on the TrailRidge Facebook page. It reminded him of all of his backpacking trips up over Roan Mountain. I'm not sure whether it was the name Little Hump that reminded him of camp or seasonal spring ale. I'm hoping the former.
How many of you remember some of those hikes from Carver's Gap down to 19-E on the Appalachian Trail? Highland Brewing Company wasn't around then but I'm sure you remember the stop at Bob's Dairyland on the way back to camp. Bob's, by the way, is still in business the last time I drove by.
Just some random thoughts about how TrailRidge came to be and about life at the camp in those first 15 or so years in Buladean.