Saturday, June 15, 2013

Coming Up Soon--The Girls Adventure Weekend

For the past couple of years, my good friends (and fellow adventure racers) Chris, Caroline and I have been taking an Annual Girls Adventure Weekend, which we affectionately call AGAW.  AGAW 2012 was our best one yet--we went to Canaan Valley, West Virginia which is an adventure lovers paradise--and spent 3 glorious days climbing, hiking and mt biking.

On our first day, we went to Nelson Rocks Preserve, which is the home of the Via Ferrata.

The Via Ferrata--or Iron Road-- is an amazingly cool, fixed route climb.

It consists of scaling sheer rock faces,

and crossing one of the highest pedestrian suspension bridges in North America.

We ultimately reached the summit,

where we were treated to amazing views of the Allegheny Mountains.

While there, we stayed in a cabin at Canaan Valley State Park, which has dozens of "tame" deer that literally eat right out of your hands.

On the second day of AGAW, we started off the day with a 4 mile hike at the State Park and then went mountain biking on the Camp 70 trails which are located at the Canaan Valley Institute.

The mountain biking was great with just the right mix of rocks, roots and hills.

On our third and final day, we went hiking in Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, a rocky, high altitude plateau that looks and feels more like the tundra, than it does West Virginia. 

Fortunately, we were lucky to be there to witness the Sods' peak Fall colors.

Needless to say, we had a total blast!  In fact, we had so much fun that I am organizing another Girls Adventure Weekend and am bringing 11 athletic women friends to Canaan this upcoming weekend.  We'll be climbing, mt biking, hiking, slacklining, doing yoga and even caving this time around.  I'm so excited, I can hardly wait! 

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