Hikes Large and Small: Top o’ the Sod and, to the Mall

Kurt's roundup of August 2014 hikes. more »

Sep 19, 2014 Kurts Hikes

Easy Old Faves

Kurt's July 2014 hikes. more »

Jul 27, 2014 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 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 Kurts Hikes

Graffiti at a Favorite Spot

Hike: May 5, 2014 Appalachian Trail from Daleville to Carvins Cove viewpoint and back. 5.6 miles. more »

May 13, 2014 Kurts Hikes (1 Comments)

Easy April Walks, Mostly

Easy hikes during the month of April. more »

Apr 26, 2014 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 Kurts Hikes

Back in the Virginia Mountains

Well, the non-St. John March hikes, and may this collective set get me back to better timeliness in write-ups for the countless millions who await them. more »

Mar 30, 2014 Kurts Hikes

The Hikes of St. John Island

You could be one of the luckiest guys there is if you had a girl who would walk with you – rain, snow, cold, wind – weekend after weekend, season after season, for 10 years. more »

Mar 4, 2014 Kurts Hikes

February 2014 Hikes, Well, at Least Till St. John

Time to catch up on many hikes taken but not recorded, with a hope to get back to weekly posts if I do get caught up. more »

Feb 23, 2014 Kurts Hikes (1 Comments)

Shelter From the Storm

Our January 2014 hikes were all made in some deference to the weather. more »

Feb 3, 2014 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 Kurts Hikes

Fall Hikes: Urban, Preserves, Appalachian Trail

Three fall hikes. more »

Oct 20, 2013 Kurts Hikes (1 Comments)

No Bear, But Good Beef

Appalachian Trail from Daleville to Carvins Cove overlook and back 5.6 miles. more »

Oct 17, 2013 Kurts Hikes

Overnighters and Day Hikers

Apple Orchard Falls-AT-Cornelius Creek trails loop. 7.2; Cornelius Creek Trail to Forest Road and back. 4.6 more »

Sep 15, 2013 Kurts Hikes

She's Friendly. And She's Tired

Appalachian Trail to McAfee Knob and back (FR on the way down) 7.8 miles more »

Sep 8, 2013 Kurts Hikes

Getting Out the Umbrellas

Sharp Top Mountain ascent and descent; Harkening Hill partial ascent and descent. About 5 miles more »

Aug 31, 2013 Kurts Hikes

Mill Mountain Quick Walk

The catch-at-the-end-of-the-weekend was the nearby, convenient, easy, pretty Mill Mountain Star Trail, which we can reach in 10 minutes and climb in about 45. more »

Aug 25, 2013 Kurts Hikes

Flat Top, Flat Beach, Flat Greenway

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Aug 18, 2013 Kurts Hikes

Not Too Much Heat, Not Too Much Distance

Hikes: July 13, 20, 28, 2013 more »

Jul 28, 2013 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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