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Ascent of Roan High Knob on 2011-02-05

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Saturday, February 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Roan High Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6285 ft / 1915 m

Ascent Trip Report

Carver's Gap is a high pass lying on the North Carolina - Tenessee border, normally ploughed from both sides even in the winter. Upon reaching Carver's Gap from the south (Carolina) side, there is some room to park on the left. The AT leaves the road a few metres down towards Tenessee at the end of the parking area. The path climbs gradually through the woods and reaches a junction. I took the downhill path (left), which is not the AT nor the way to the summit but instead brings you shortly to a metalled road which can be followed uphill past Roan High Knob to Tollhouse Gap. In Feb 11 this was well covered with old hard snow and made for good snowshoeing.

From the Gap I picked up the AT and doubled back towards the summit. THe AT actually bypasses the summit but a short spur trail leads up to the very basic Roan HIgh Knob Shelter with the summit rocks a few meters behind. On descent I went back to the supr junction and took the AT directly back to Carver's Gap. The trail makes sweeping zizags and was barely shorter than the route of ascent. Views are limited on the whole route by the trees but best from one or two points on the road to Tollhouse Gap (the main reason for using that route).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:904 ft / 275 m
    Elevation Loss:904 ft / 275 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Fabulous!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:904 ft / 275 m
    Extra Loss:98 ft / 29 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Via forest road to Toll House Gap
    Trailhead:Carver's Gap  5479 ft / 1669 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:806 ft / 246 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:Carver's Gap  5479 ft / 1669 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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