South Slope. Asheville.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mount Pisgah Trail

“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.”
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Above is my video from today's hike to the top of Mount Pisgah.  It's a 1.5 mile (one way) hike to the 5.721-foot summit. 
More on the Mount Pisgah Trail here.

photos below are property of Mark Schmidt

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Looks like a beautiful hike. I love how you get excited about bear warnings! And I love that I hiked one of the two areas where there were bear warnings. Did I tell you we saw fresh bear tracks on the trail when I did the Shining Rock hike?

I'll have to put this on my bucket list of hikes when I come back to Asheville.