Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2010-04-01

Climber: Lester Long

Date:Thursday, April 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

On April 1, I climbed Mount Mitchell (elevation: 6,684 feet) in western North Carolina. Mt. Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi and third tallest east of the Rockies. The trip was rather insane. I left New York at 9pm Wednesday night, arriving at the base of the mountain at 10am Thursday morning. I ascended Mt. Mitchell in roughly 4 hours, with the descent only taking about 2 hours. Total climb was 6 miles. Immediately upon descent I drove home, arriving home 8am Friday morning. Thus I didn’t sleep the day before or the day after the climb.

All told, the trip took 34 hours and I drove 1520 miles. This was my first solo climb. The varied changes in weather and temperature were challenging. It was 80 degrees at the base, 40 on the top, and 30 in the tree-heavy middle. In many areas, I walked on very slushy and slippery snow about 3 feet high that repeatedly fully collapsed, which is difficult and tiring to escape. There were also points where the snow was coupled with gnats and 80 degree burning sun.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 6 Hours 0 Minutes

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