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Ascent of Silers Bald on 2011-07-23

Climber: doc lawler

Date:Saturday, July 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silers Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5607 ft / 1709 m

Ascent Trip Report

4 day backpacking trip which was intended to include Clingman's Dome, but ended including only rain. Plan was Elkmont -> Silers Bald -> Forney Creek -> Mount Collins -> Elkmont. Reached Silers in good weather, camped at Silers, and the next day several inches of rain fell. No views from High Rocks. Camped at #71. Several more inches of rain fell overnight, almost collapsing tarps/tents. Woke up to find Forney Creek running 6"-12" above where it was the night before. Made it across first ford with no major issues, but could not find safe place to cross second ford. Backtracked to Jonas Creek trail and returned to Silers Bald shelter, in yet more rain.
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