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Ascent of Mount Le Conte on 2010-04-21

Climber: Ed Wandall

Others in Party:Katie (The Great Explorer)
Date:Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Le Conte
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:6593 ft / 2009 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lovely day for a hike. Wanted to meet the resupply Llama's at LeConte Lodge, so we left at 7am since I didn't know how long it would take Katie to get up. Very interesting hike. Katie didn't like the exposure and the rocks were all wet from the rain the previous day. Katie found an orange newt on the way in to Arch Rock. Took a break at Alum Cave and watched Peregrine Falcons swooping about. From Alum, things got a bit more challenging with the rock steps. Fogged in from 5000 feet and above. Katie transformed into a "BALL OF RAGE" after the second steep, wet rock steps. I would ask: "How are you?" She would reply: "I am a Ball of Rage, thanks." Got to the lodge at 12:30. I went ahead and bagged the summit and Myrtle, with no views due to fog. Got Cliff Top, but not West Point...I remembered there were 3 highpoints, but thought Myrtle was one of them. Katie got to see her Llama's and even got to feed them, so she was happy. However, BOR (Ball of Rage) reappeared on the way back down. Very proud of Katie, as this was a tough day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2793 ft / 851 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:Alum Cave Trail
    Trailhead:3800 ft / 1158 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: LeConte

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Le Conte2010-04-21
2Mount Le Conte-Cliff Top2010-04-21



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