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Ascent of Bent Arm on 2010-12-19

Climber: Rob Carter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bent Arm
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:4726 ft / 1440 m

Ascent Trip Report

Words can not describe the horror of this ascent. Over a mile of rhodo bashing and briars pulling me backwards. Rhodendrons thick as thieves ripping your exposed flesh. Followed Miry ridge until it turned South and rolled onto the shoulder. This was my marker and I turned around and stayed to the South as I approached the ridgeline. After this, just keep heading NE as best you can through the thickest brush I have ever seen. About three miles took over 6 hours. I knew to continue on this bearing until the terrain gave away. Then turn around and go to the highest point to your left. Snow was knee high. Marginal views in Winter...probably no view w/leaf cover.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:126 ft / 38 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Miry Ridge and SERIOUS Bushwack
    Trailhead:Bushwack Access at Dripping Spgs  4600 ft / 1402 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Bivouac
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:6 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Bent Arm (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Blanket Mountain2010-12-19
2Dripping Spring Mountain2010-12-19
3Bent Arm2010-12-19



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