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Ascent of Chimney Tops on 2011-04-15

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, April 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chimney Tops
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:4800 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bad day to do Chimney Tops. Winds were 20 knots gusting to over 35 knots and were forecast to increase. I went as hard as I could and got up and back in an hour and a half, but 20 minutes of that was climbing the final 50 feet on the exposed Anakeesta shale. Winds were ripping and I climbed up hand over hand to get to the top. At the top, the winds died down a bit and I could get a few photos and a short video. On the way down, it was pretty intimidating to see a large fir moving 30 degrees with the roots actually lifting a foot off the ground. I hope that tree is still up there.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 547 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Chimney Tops Trail
    Trailhead:Chimney Tops Trailhead  3400 ft / 1036 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
High Wind Advisories for the Smoky's
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:30 Minutes



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