Originally Posted by eflat7
I hear crickets in this thread!! Ha!
Well I never figured there would be that many people that would want to hazard Roan Mountain in the Winter since it is over 6000' and has such high winds and low temperatures. Frankly, it's not that easy and that does make folks shy away. It is definitely not for everyone.
However, it does present a challenge to a hangers gear and ability to use it properly. Most likely we will be close enough to some shelter if needed. The Roan Highlands also offer some of the most scenic vistas on the entire AT. (Roan usually makes most thru hikers top ten most memorable list.)
So you'll have to ask yourself, "Is Mt Rogers not cold enough, high enough or windy enough?" If you answer is "no" or "I don't know", Roan may be the ticket for you.
Now that the scary commentary has been made, this is basically going to be a smaller group hang than Rogers for those crazy enough to want to spend a couple of days up on a mountain to talk about hammocks and consume extremely high calorie food. ( This does not differ from my normal Winter backpacking with the exception that while I do normally eat extremely high calorie food, I am usually talking to myself about hammocks.