Pretty Local, Pretty Easy

Kurt gives the highlights of his September hikes. more »

Sep 28, 2014 12:00 AM Kurts Hikes

Hiking to 22 Jump Street

Well, there are urban hikes and then there are urban hikes. Our usuals – the six or so miles total to and from Tanglewood Mall or downtown Roanoke from our house – are pretty tame and manageable. more »

Jun 15, 2014 12:00 AM Kurts Hikes

May/June Hikes Ketchup

The weeks that go fastest by my experience are those where you don't carry out your daily self-commitments AND those where you don't carry out that other self-pledge: to write up the weekend hikes before they get moldy and semi-blurry with time . . . more »

Jun 5, 2014 12:00 AM Kurts Hikes

Eastern Continental Divide

Appalachian Trail from Va. 621 south to crest of Sinking Creek Mountain and back. 7.4 miles. more »

Apr 5, 2014 12:00 AM Kurts Hikes

Big Ol' Hikes Ketchup

Yes, to the one person – no names, but the initials are my brother Eric – yes, we have been keeping up the hikes oddity if not the hikes recording. Just for the rekkid, brief synopses of the walks of those weeks: more »

Dec 7, 2013 12:00 AM Kurts Hikes

About this Blog

Since Valentine's Day 2004, Blue Ridge Country Editor in Chief Kurt Rheinheimer and his wife Gail have hiked at least once almost every weekend. Of those 500-plus weekends, they have missed 14, virtually all due to occasional balkiness from Kurt's old-man knees or achilles. For the first two years (Valentine's Day 2004 through Valentine's Day 2006) they didn't miss a single week, and they have a longer streak now, which Kurt is too superstitious to talk about. They celebrated their 10th anniversary of hiking with a February 2014 trip to hike the trails of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They completed the 550 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in the summer of 2008, and have walked more than 4,300 miles total, mostly in Virginia but including hikes in West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Oregon and ... New Zealand! This blog is an ongoing chronicle of those hikes. We hope you enjoy these tales from the trail, and we encourage you to get out there and experience the beautiful Blue Ridge for yourself - happy hiking!

Feedback? Suggestions? They are always appreciated. Feel free to contact us: krheinheimer@leisurepublishing.com

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