I had a wonderful time hiking with friends in the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area. What was supposed to be a colorful fall backpacking trip turned into a cold white winteresque one. The first day of hiking took us up Mt. Rogers Trail connecting to the Appalachian Trial. As we gained elevation, the temperature dropped significantly and the wind and precipitation picked up, making for some cold hands and toes, especially during the breaks. A pack of wild ponies greeted us at the spur leading up to the top of Virginia's highest point. Several in the group summited Mt. Rogers. It was then onto Pine Mountain Campground for the night, with a stop at Thomas Knob Shelter for lunch. Our group made it into camp as night approached. Fire, food, and fellowship brought some relief to the bleak dark night. The morning light revealed a blanket of fresh fallen snow. We packed up and descended the mountain bringing relief to cold extremities. Overall, a great trip and several new friends.