Alleghenies Adventure: Day 1

Autumn is in full “bloom” in the Alleghenies! Day one of the Choose-Your-Adventure Sweepstakes featured a tour of State College, Pa., a neat college town, before an afternoon hike on Tussey Mountain, where moss, ferns, and waxy-leaf mountain laurels framed a rocky trail leading to a ridgeline. Winners Andy and Pam Wright of Hudson, Wis., along with Stephen Regenold of GearJunkie.com, followed local Appalachian Outdoors guides from a trailhead under gray clouds toward the miles-long horizontal summit ridge of Tussey Mountain. On top, the sun came out. Views dropped left and right as the crew hiked the knife-edge for the afternoon. A few photos from the day below.

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Rocks, moss, and autumn leaves made for a sublime hike on Tussey Mountain

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Jean-Luc Serriere, one of the guides from Appalachian Outdoors

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Pam Wright leads on the ridgeline

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Picking our route on the spine of Tussey Mountain

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Andy Wright at an overlook; State College, Pa., far below

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Stephen Regenold, Pam and Andy Wright

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Jean-Luc Serriere in a tunnel of waxy leaves; whitewater stream in background

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Pam and Andy Wright

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Forest Boundary, back near the trailhead and the car

Stay Tuned: Tomorrow the “Choose-Your-Alleghenies-Adventure” trip goes fly-fishing with the Spruce Creek Fly Co.!

Posted by Leah Malec - 11/06/2009 11:33 AM

Looks like fun! Looking forward to seeing Stephen fly fish tomorrow!

Posted by Mary Lynch - 11/06/2009 08:29 PM

Great contest!

Posted by Carolyn R - 11/07/2009 07:37 AM

What a fun fall hike. How many miles did you hike?

Posted by Ian - Trail Voice - 11/08/2009 06:07 PM

Good old State College, Pennsylvania. There’s some great mountain biking in that forest too

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 11/09/2009 01:01 PM

We hiked just a few miles. Had an afternoon to explore the mountain. Hiked on trail and off, including a scramble on talus and then a walk on the sharp backbone ridge of Tussey Mountain.

Posted by Jerry Cleveland - 11/09/2009 10:13 PM

This looks like a terriffic area for hiking. Vegetation is definitely diferent than Minnesota.

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