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Ascent to Greenbrier Pinnacle Ridge-Lookout Tower Base on 2010-09-04

Climber: Rob Carter

Date:Saturday, September 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Point Reached:Greenbrier Pinnacle Ridge - Lookout Tower Base
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:4597 ft / 1401 m
    Remaining Elevation:203 ft / 62 m (7% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Had only meant to find the manway as I was a little bushed from an earlier climb. Found the entrance and went up aways and then a little further. It was a beautiful day, the grade was moderate, the manway was well defined (but FULL of spiders), and before long the rhodos ended and I entered a hardwood cove and met a couple of small bears. Not surprising as I had seen berry scat most of the way up the trail. The boot path is well worn, but the laurels and rhodendrons are encroaching over the trail. Still, the trail is very evident. Lots of blowdowns, some which are huge, will slow your efforts. If I had more light (it was a late afternoon start) I would have bushwacked the extra mile to the summit. The bushwack looks doable but will be a tough nut through the rhodos. I will look the next time up at possibly heading NE at the switchback at 3800' instead of heading back West for a mile or so. This would take almost 4-5 miles off the RT. The bad news would be heading 1200' up the slope at 45* for half a mile, but I like the trade-off on the ascent, and would follow the trail back down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2547 ft / 777 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Manway
    Trailhead:Ramsey Cascades TH  2050 ft / 624 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes



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