Ascent of Johns Knob on 2010-08-10

Climber: Rob Carter

Date:Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Johns Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:4908 ft / 1495 m

Ascent Trip Report

North on overgrown Benton MacKaye to the meadow below Johns Knob. There is an orange survey marker West of the entrance to the meadow with a trail that seems to lead only that far. Instead I went across the quarry depression and climbed the far side of the meadow through blackberries over my head to gain a span of rocks leading to the treeline. There is a faint game trail that only a goat would love so be careful of the exposure on this route. Then the real work began. This is the hardest bushwack I have ever done. I rarely was able to see the ground. The brush was full of thorns and I was tripping over deadfall and moss the entire way up. At points I was suspended over depressions by the thickness of the brush and had to wigggle back down to the ground. The ridge becomes rocky and a small hillock has a rock that is the highest point. At least the blackberries were in season. Coming down was harder then ascending. I could have used a pair of leather gauntlets to protect my hands and forearms.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:427 ft / 130 m
    Elevation Loss:428 ft / 130 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:427 ft / 130 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Benton MacKaye and Scramble
    Trailhead:Mud Gap Trailhead  4481 ft / 1365 m
    Time Up:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:428 ft / 130 m
    Route:Benton MacKaye and Scramble
    Trailhead:Mud Gap Trailhead  4480 ft / 1365 m
    Time Down:25 Minutes

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