EcoVenture Day 23 Webcast

Travis Patterson steps in with a selection of his still photographs for day 23 after George Patterson’s video camera takes a swim on day 22. You can see the full Travis Patterson EcoVenture photo journal here. Good News: The team now has a replacement video camera and will be able to complete posts of the […]

EcoVenture Day 21 Webcast

Allan Thomson of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation shows how sample fish seining can give an indication of the current health of the river in a given location. Today’s efforts yield surprisingly good news. httpv://

EcoVenture Day 20 Webcast

The team packs up and embarks for a day on the river. They are joined by Allan Thomson, an environmental educator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and spend the night camped on the grounds of the Dixon family’s riverside home, the site of the largest Chinquapin Oak in Virginia. httpv://

EcoVenture Day 19 Webcast

Day 1 on the river, the team puts in at Port Republic at the northern end of the Shenandoah where the South river joins. Kelley talks about the change of pace from trail to water.

EcoVenture Days 15-16 Webcast

Days 15 and 16 mark the end of the trail portion of the trip and find our heroes leaving Blackrock Hut for a strenuous 13 mile hike to Calf Mountain shelter. They settle in their tents for a cold night hoping it won’t snow. No such luck. The final hike in Shenandoah National Park is […]

EcoVenture Day 14 Webcast

Bob Proudman from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy with a campfireside chat about the beginnings of the National Scenic Trail System and the creation and protection of the AT in particular: “How to protect this thread between the emeralds on this necklace that covers 14 states…?”

EcoVenture Day 13 Webcast

Carl recounts a 7-mile slog through fog and rain to Ivy Creek, and shows off the front page of the Shenandoah Sun (SU’s newspaper).

EcoVenture Day 12

SU’s John Stevens recounts the days’s activities, beginning at Hightop Hut and a steep hike to Smith Roach Gap and meeting up with Steve Bair of the National Park Service for a talk on the history of Shenandoah National Park and the creation of Skyline Drive as the “main vein” along the Blue Ridge. Then […]

EcoVenture Day 11 Webcast

SU’s Kelley Mitchell leads the way up to Hightop Summit, amazing views, and a pinnacle picnic. Back at Hightop Hut, Carl looks forward to a sumptuous repast….

EcoVenture Day 10 Webcast

Downstream executive director and SEV Tech Coordinator Bill Howard summarizes day 10 as “A Walk in the Woods”, in recognition of acoustic guitarist Steve DeVries, who entertained our crew with his tune of the same name, in the cozy confines of Lydia Mountain Cabin. A hike to Bald Face Mountain was highlighted by a procession […]