Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pisgah Running and Camping Weekend

After Hannah had been recently asking when we were going to go backpacking again, an opportunity presented itself for us to camp and then run sans backpack.  And let me just say, car camping and then running from the camp site makes for a really enjoyable experience (I don't think we will be giving up backpacking though).
Yum, pasta
Haily and Damian set up the Pisgah Running and Camping Weekend for all to enjoy and a solid crew assembled for the weekend's fun.   Hannah and I decided to meet Matt and Lily (check out Matt's report) at their home in Marion and follow them down to Brevard to the camp site.  We set up camp and soon we were dinning on some pasta and salad while enjoying some Dale's Pale Ale (apparently the beer of choice in this group).  Camp fire stories and smores were shared afterward before we all retired to our tents for the night, all of us wishing we were in the castle that Terry had set up for his family. 
The crew, Sultan style

Climbing up Clawhammer Rd

We awoke to gobbling turkey's and we all hoped that the rain would hold off long enough for us to enjoy some views on the run.  Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, but we were running anyway.  We all ran together up Clawhammer Rd before we began to separate and Damian, Hannah, I ran together for most of the run.  It was somewhat disappointing knowing that we wouldn't be able to see the expansive views from the Black Mtn Trail but Hannah and I had a blast running and conversing with Damian throughout the run in the rain, fog, and thunder.  We definitely will have to head back out there to do the run again in fairer weather. 
Hannah and I nearing the end


With the weather looking to get worse and having evening plans in Boone, Hannah and I had to pack up soon after the run to get back on the road.  We had a great time and a big thanks to Haley and Damian for putting this on.  We had a great time!  Now to look forward to next weekends Linville Gorge Madness Marathon!  Pics by Matt.




  1. Brandon, did you get the GPS data for this run? Curious.

  2. sure did man. as usual the distance was off but the gain said 4000 and that is typically fairly accurate. here is the link: