Ascent of South Mountain on 2012-01-08

Climber: Shannon Dillmore

Date:Sunday, January 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2090 ft / 637 m

Ascent Trip Report

This one was confusing - game land maps showed some parking areas that might have offered an approach, but they didn't appear where the map stated. I parked just on the McDowell county side of the McDowell/Rutherford border. There was a parking area with a locked gate, which I thought might have been the entrance to the game lands, but it appears it is an abandoned housing development - as I later saw trees with boundary markers. The bushwhack to the summit was completely miserable with brush and thorns. The Rutherford side of the ridge had been clear cut near the summit, which provided nice views if the ugly landscape of broken stumps in the foreground could be ignored.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:888 ft / 271 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:888 ft / 271 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.5 km
    Trailhead:1202 ft / 366 m
Descent Statistics

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