|The Bridge and The Gang (Nice Vaganova 3rd, George!)|
|The Shaky Ride Up Rocky Gap Road|
|Snowy Spring Mountains from Approach Trail|
The elusive, 7000’ Bridge Mountain is now in the books. After two weather cancellations in as many months, the third day of May dawned delightfully crisp and unbelievably clear.
|Starting Down the Bench|
|Easy Does It!|
|Climbing the Crack|
|Another Exposed Climb out of the Bridge Well|
All systems were go as 14 hikers piled into four all-terrain SUV’s for the 70-minute ride to the top of Rocky Gap Road. Never mind the Class 3 terrain encountered on the hike, the biggest challenge of the day may very well have been the 4.6-mile drive up the treacherous, pockmarked Rocky Gap Road. Tough go, for sure.
It’s always exciting to get a newbie on the Bridge climb. We had five today. Yum-yum. When the steep, exposed route was finally pointed out from below, five hearts beat a little faster and a few seeds of doubt crept in.
|Circling Around the Hidden Forest|
|Relaxing Lakeside on the Summit|
|Using the Bridge for Descent|
The day wasn’t all sweat and toil as László was constantly positioning us all over the damn mountain for pictures. It felt more like a photo shoot for GQ or Vogue than it did an AtBF hike. Lots of posing and pearly whites.
|Down the Crack|
|Finishing the Crack Descent|
|Crossing the Bench (Crack - Top Left)|
|Starting Bench Climb (Fern Canyon in Background)|
Vitals: 6.6 miles, 2930’ vertical, 4.5 hours
|Steep Sandstone Climb up Bench|
|One More Selfie/Group Shot at Fern Canyon Overlook|
|Passing the Old Sign on the Way Back|