# Sandy Rumsey

## ...an ordinary person

## Miles Hiked in 2021

36,721 ft of Elevation Gain

In 2020, my total miles hiked was a personal best. It was the year of Covid and I needed the sanity of the woods in order to cope. My total miles hiked were **456.5** miles with **81,706** feet of elevation gain. So, this is the number to beat in 2021.

My husband will be newly retired, so I expect to get in longer hikes during the week. Hopefully, together, we can break this record.

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## 2021 Hiking Log

### Turkey Gut – Stairstep Falls – Long Branch Loop

April 21

- Distance: 4.1 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 633 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wildcat Rock Trail

April 19

- Distance: 3.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1086 ft.
- Difficulty:Moderate

### Frying Pan Tower Trail from Pisgah Inn

April 14

- Distance: 4.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1070 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Pisgah Inn to Summit of Mt. Pisgah

April 13

- Distance: 5.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1165 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

### Wolfpen Walkabout

April 12

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Big Hungry River Dam

April 11

- Distance: .3 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 30 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Long Ridge – Bear Branch – Bishop Branch

April 11

- Distance: 2.5 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 348 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bearwallow – Wildcat Rock Trail

April 8

- Distance: 4.9 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1056 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

### Elk Pasture Gap

April 6

- Distance: 3.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1100 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Green Knob on Mountains to the Sea Trail

April 4

- Distance: 3.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 840 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

### Mt. Pisgah

March 30

- Distance: 3 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 750 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Long Ridge – Bear Branch – Bishop Branch

March 29

- Distance: 3.8 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 594 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### FSR 5098

March 26

- Distance: 5.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 801 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Mt. Hardy Gap Manway to Summit

March 22

- Distance: 2.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 643 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Wolfpen Walkabout

March 21

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Mt. Hardy via Mountains to the Sea Trail

March 20

- Distance: 4.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 810 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

### Four Seasons Trail

March 19

- Distance: 2.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 758 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Sam’s Knob

March 17

- Distance: 2.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 558 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

### Mt. Pisgah

March 15

- Distance: 3 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 750 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

### MTS: Bennet Gap to Green Knob

March 14

- Distance: 2.0 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 656 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Long/Bear Branch Loop

March 13

- Distance: 2.5 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 348 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

March 11

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Elk Pasture Gap

March 10

- Distance: 3.9 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1404 ft.
- Difficulty: Strenuous

### Daniel Ridge Loop

March 9

- Distance: 4.9 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 856 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Elk Pasture Gap (Partial)

March 8

- Distance: 2.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 576 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Middle Prong: MTS to Buckeye Gap Trail

March 6

- Distance: 6.0 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 515 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### John Rock

March 3

- Distance:5.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1066 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bearwallow Trail / Road Loop

March 2

- Distance: 2.5 Miles
- Elevation: 597 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bearwallow Road Walk

February 28

- Distance: 2.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

February 26

- Distance: 1.1 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 100 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

February 25

- Distance: 1.1 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 100 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### FR 5058 to Buckhorn Gap Shelter

February 24

- Distance: 9.5 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1457 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Long Branch to Bear Branch to Bishop Branch Loop

February 21

- Distance: 2.5 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 341 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### BRP at Wagon Road Gap to Green Knob to BRP at Bennet Gap

February 20

- Distance: 5.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1316 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### 5058 – 5098 – Maxell Creek Loop

February 19

- Distance: 2.6 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 492 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bearwallow Road Walk

February 18

- Distance: 2.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

February 16

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### BRP: Wagon Rd Gap to Firetower Rd

February 10

- Distance: 4.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy Road Walk

### Bearwallow Road Walk

February 9

- Distance: 2.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Forest Service Road 5058 to Buckhorn Gap

February 8

- Distance: 8.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1368 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Road Walk

### Wolfpen Walkabout

February 7

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

February 6

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Coon Tree to Bennet Gap Trailhead

February 5

- Distance: 4.6 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1194 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Maxwell Cove – 5098 – 5058 Loop

February 4

- Distance: 2.7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 489 ft.
- Difficulty:Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

February 1

- Distance: .7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 46 ft.
- Difficulty:Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 30

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Maxwell Cove Loop

January 29

- Distance: 3.3 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 722 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bearwallow Road Walk

January 26

- Distance: 2.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Cat Gap Bypass Loop

January 24

- Distance: 4.6 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 807 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bear Branch / Long Ridge Loop

January 22

- Distance: 4.1 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 587 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 20

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 19

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wagon Rd Gap – MLK Day Walk on Parkway

January 18

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 75 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Long Ridge – Turkey Gut Trail Loop

January 17

- Distance: 4.1 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 643 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 15

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Long Ridge Trail

January 14

- Distance: 3.5 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 358 ft.
- Difficulty:Easy Peasy

### Bearwallow to the Meadow

January 12

- Distance: 5.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1109 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 10

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Bennet Gap Trail – Perry Cove Loop

January 9

- Distance: 4.2 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1099 ft.
- Difficulty: Moderate

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 7

- Distance: .7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 60 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 6

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout

January 4

- Distance: 1.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### Wolfpen Walkabout (half)

January 3

- Distance: .7 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 60 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

### MTS: Wagon Rd Gap to Penny’s Rock

January 2

- Distance: 3.4 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 758 ft.
- Difficulty: Easy

## Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

The picture to the left is my favorite picture. It was taken on an overcast spring day on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Although I usually take pictures with my iPhone, I used a Nikon D3200 DSLR for this picture. Not bad for a novice.

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