On April 20, 2013, the Courageous Men’s Group from Salem Fields Community Church hiked to the summit of Old Rag Mountain, in Madison Co., Virginia.Ben, Jeremy’s son, looking back as we navigate from the parking area to the trail head.
The group just prior to the ascent, at the trail head. Front row, left to right — Me, John, Jeremy, Oscar (back row, left to right) Ben, and Brandon (Oscar’s son).
View as we ascended into the rocky portion of the trail.
Jeremy, beginning to think twice about wearing shorts (lol)
John and Oscar, wondering which one of them will have to push my bony old carcass up the hill.
Ben and Brandon, always well ahead and willing to bound across rocks while us old fossils huff and puff behind them.
Further up on the mountain, vistas become clearer, as do the shadows from the few clouds in the otherwise clear sky.
Me, leaning against a rock and catching my breath.
Another break, and chance to both catch my breath, and the group in a candid moment.
Weaving between the boulders near one of the outcroppings.
Looking west, over a spine of hard granite that makes up the Old Rag.
The group, taking another well-earned break, prior to hopping across another outcropping.
Navigating the narrow and twisting gaps between the rocks as we near the summit.
The last stream. Did not take any more pictures, though I wish I had taken a few of us back at the cars, but by then I was beat. Day was beautiful, hike a challenge, and the company of brothers in Christ, priceless.