Category Archives: Local Activities

Local Activities

Hello, Columbia!

Ladies and gentlefolk, the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. That’s right: we now stock Columbia shoes and boots. Columbia is a time-tested brand we love and trust to keep our feet happy on all of our outdoor adventures. To start, we have the Ivo Trail shoes. These beauties have great tread and […]

Overall Run – A Breathtaking Waterfall Hike

Directions Shenandoah National Park. From Skyline Drive Mile marker 22.2 – Matthews Arm Campground parking lot. Trailhead Location The far side of the Matthews Arm Campground overflow parking lot. Follow the trail and bear to the left at the intersections. Trail well blazed and two trail posts along the way at intersections. Difficulty Moderately Strenuous […]

Wildewoman: What it’s like to thru-hike as a woman

women of the trail - killington peak

When a womxn says she’s going to do some monumental task, or when she completes one, she gets asked different questions than a man does. People asked me a lot of questions about my preparation for the trail and my experience on it, and I think men don’t get asked most of those questions. Still, […]

National Trails Day 2019 – Front Royal, Virginia

National Trail Days 2019

What a beautiful day to celebrate National Trails Day! National Trails Day was started by The American Hiking Society in 1993 as an initiative to get people involved with trail upkeep, Leave No Trace practices, and just the joy of hiking in general. The Appalachian Trail Community of Front Royal, Virginia, which River & Peak […]

AT Hiker Food Options and Reality from Rose “Comics” Turner AT ’18

AT Hiker Food

What do you eat out there? While canned foods can still be great for car camping, we’ve come a long way from carrying heavy cans for longer backpacking trips. Throughout most of the Appalachian Trail, I would resupply in various towns every 3-5 days or so. For the most part, there’s no need to carry […]

Simplification – The Art of Carrying Less on the A.T.

Rose Turner’s Thoughts from the Appalachian Trail A thru-hike is an extended meditation on the art of simplification. While the exact contents or weight of your pack are far from being the only determinant in whether you will succeed in your intended thru-hike, the combination of what you carry in your pack, your head, and […]

River and Peak Outfitter is Front Royal’s Exclusive Altra Running Dealer.

Women's Timp 1.5

River and Peak Outfitter is excited to announce that we are the exclusive dealer of Altra Running shoes in Front Royal, VA.  Located just 3.5 miles from the Appalachian Trail road crossing at Highway 522, we can be conveniently found at the north entrance to the Shenandoah National Park.  We carry a complete selection of […]

Hammocks vs Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

The pros and cons directly from Rose ‘Comics’ Turner, who is finishing her thru-hike. I’ve been thru-hiking south on the Appalachian Trail, and have primarily used a hammock system, but have spent roughly a dozen or so nights in the three-wall shelters as well. There are a few other common sleeping systems, but I’d like […]