After an unexpected change of plans to do the White Oak Canyon to Stony Man Mt to Old Rag loop, I decided to do a sunrise hike of Old Rag after a wonderful day of drinking IPAs.
I also wanted to do a shake down hike before I heading to Iceland to backpack the Laugavegurinn trail and test out some of the Peak Design camera equipment that conveniently came in right before I left.
I arrived at the Old Rag lot around 1700 and obtained my backcounty permit (The Old Rag station is the only one outside of Skyline Drive to obtain a backcountry permit)
I decided to head upstream the Nicholson Hollow Trail and find a camping spot.
As soon as I left the private property boundary and entered back into SNP I eyed some friendly trees right off the trail and I set up camp for the night.
The hike up was pretty easy going. I finally caught a breeze when I hit 2800' and then the fun started. Old Rag is pretty techincal during the day with the rock scrambling and having to shimmy down and up crevices and with a pack and in the dark, it was even more challenging.
Peak Design Capture was very solid and worked well with the Leash and Clutch