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The manners of mountaineers are commonly savage, but they are rather produced by their situation than derived from their ancestors.” 


Samuel Johnson, eighteenth-century English arbiter of style and taste




“Slug mode is when you lay in the tent with nothin’ to do, maybe not even a book to read, maybe not even nothin’ to eat.  I can do it pretty well.” 


Kitty Calhoun, notable female climber


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News, Special Events, and Links


Excitement is  happening now! 


Our Covid mitigation plan received approval from the US Forest Service May 1, so we are actively booking Rock Climbing, Paddling, and Hiking trips ("open air") for the spring, summer, and fall.  Weekdays are open as well as weekends, and trails tend to a little less crowded.  We are temporarily suspending Wild Caving, since that is considered "enclosed space."  Click HERE to view a 2 min. video-clip on how we will be Covid-mitigating this season.  Hope to see you soon!


US Forest Service and Shenandoah Ntl. Park campgrounds and picnic areas are currently closed, but most private campgrounds are now reopening.  Give us a call - we have the up-to-date list and contact info!    


Special events coming up: 


·       PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor course (Indoor) at Old Dominion Univ. in Virginia Beach, VA June 25-26; $275; go to https://apps.ideal-logic.com/pcia?key=3D9L-YFFKH_K9KH-5PTF_11040bc7  to register or contact lester@wildguyde.com or 540-433-1637 for details.

·       PCIA Top Rope Climbing Instructor (Outdoor) course at Hidden Rocks in the George Washington Ntl. Forest; date TBA;  $450 for the course, and then $150 for the certification exam day; go to https://apps.ideal-logic.com/pcia?key=3D9L-YFFKH_K9KH-5PTF_ac70aeea  to register, or contact lester@wildguyde.com or 540-433-1637 for details.


Contact some of our fine friends for . . .


Lodging in the Harrisonburg Area:


·       Contact Vicki at the Waynesboro North 340 Campground for year-round camping with all the amenities at www.waynesboron340campground.com (540-943-9573)


·       Old Massanutten Lodge at www.oldmassanuttenlodge.com (540-269-8800)


·       Call Monica and John at Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA Campground (year-round camping, with hot showers) at www.koa.com/where/va/46140 (540-896-8929 or 800-562-5406)


·       Call Marjorie, Duke, Tina or Paula at Shenandoah Valley Campground in Verona (April 1 – Nov. 6; pool, mini-golf, fishing, river fun, and more) at www.CampingisFun.com (800-310-2580)


·       Hone Quarry (year-round), Todd Lake (opens May 15), and North River Campgrounds in the George Washington National Forest, west of Harrisonburg (seasonal, limited amenities, CHEAP!)


·        Camp Horizons (540-896-7600) or Camp Brethren Woods (540-269-2741) for cabin and bunkhouse lodging in the Shenandoah Valley


·        Natural Chimneys Regional Park Campground (April 1 - Oct. 30) at   540-245-5727 (office) or 540-350-2510 (park phone - seasonal)



    Victorian Inn and Riverfront Cottage Lodging in Luray, Virginia:


·        The Woodruff Collection of Victorian Inns www.woodruffinns.com (540-743-1722)


     Family and Group Lodging Near Franklin, Smoke Hole, and Seneca Rocks in West Virginia:


·        Call Roger at LTD Vacation Rental Cabins www.ltdvacation.com (410-442-1117)


·        Thorn Spring 4H Camp (call John at 304-358-7737) for group lodging (campground and heated bunkhouse) near Franklin WV


·        Brandywine (May 1 - Dec. 15) and Seneca Shadows USFS Campgrounds near Brandywine WV and Seneca Rocks WV, respectively (seasonal and inexpensive)


·        NROCKS, near Circleville, WV, home of the Via Ferrata and Treetop Canopy Tour (lodge, cabins, and group camping) www.nrocks.com   (877-435-4842)


·        Thompson's Motel (304-358-2331) and the Franklin Inn/Fox's Pizza Den (304-358-2118) in Franklin WV (inexpensive motel lodging; NO websites)


     Outdoor Gear:


·        Vince and friends at Walkabout Outfitter on Court Square in Harrisonburg, VA   (540-434-9900)

·       Gigi, Jack, Elyse, and Toby the Dog at Appalachian Outdoors Adventures in Luray, VA (540-743-7400)


·       Kristy and crew at Wilderness Adventure in Staunton, VA at www.wildernessadv.com  (540-885-3200)


·       Chuck and friends at Rockfish Gap Outfitters in Waynesboro, VA at

          www.rockfishgapoutfitters.com (540-943-1461)


·        Our friends in Charlottesville at Great Outdoor Provision Company on Barracks Rd.  https://greatoutdoorprovision.com  (434-995-5669)


·        Canoe, kayak, and tube rentals on the South Fork with Rodney and crew at Shenandoah River Adventures at www.shenandoahriveradventures.com         (1-888-309-7222)


     Other things to do:


·       Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce  in Harrisonburg, VA at www.HRChamber.org (540-434-3862)


·       Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitors' Services in Harrisonburg, VA at www.visitharrisonburgva.com  (540-432-8940)


·       Shenandoah Valley Travel Association in New Market VA at www.VisitShenandoah.org (540-740-3132)


·        Luray Visitors' Center and Page County Chamber of Commerce in Luray, VA (540-743-3915)


·        Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing for rainy days in Richmond VA, visit Jay and Neil and staff at www.peakexperiences.com (804-897-6800)



     Environmental Care Connections:


·        Friends of Shenandoah Mountain, proposing federal protections for Shenandoah Mountain and its related drainage basins www.friendsofshenandoahmountain.org


·        WILD VIRGINA, advocating for natural protections in the George Washington National Forest  www.wildvirginia.org  (434-971-1553)


·        The Access Fund, advocating for environmental care and continued access to America’s climbing areas  www.accessfund.org  (888-8ME-MBER)


·       The Shenandoah National Park Trust, the official philanthropic partner of Shenandoah National Park www.snptrust.org/