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Ascent of Ingles Mountain on 2012-03-07

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ingles Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2353 ft / 717 m

Ascent Trip Report

From exit 105 on I-81 I took rt. 232 to Rock Rd, per Fred Lobdell's directions, but I had a hair brained scheme for shortening the hike. About 500 yards past the dirt road that Fred noted, and I eventually took, there's a Lovely Mount Drive and my map shows a Mary Alice Lane off Lovely Mount that dead ends within about 500 feet of the highpoint with less than half the elevation gain of the other route. I drove up and down Lovely Mount without finding it and stopped a local resident to ask for directions. It turns out that Mary Alice Lane is a private gated road (I've seen a lot of more of these in the South on this high pointing trip compared to Pa. and NM where I hang out the most).

The local resident, however, was fascinated with my quest for the Radford highpoint. He knew where it was, but had never been up it. My search inspired him to want to try it, and he insisted on giving me his phone number and asked me to call him to tell him how I made out. He then described how to find the dirt track that goes past a cemetery to a water tank at the base of the mountain, and as a backup he gave me the home phone # of the man who owns Mary Alice Lane. I went back down the hill, and found the dirt road off Rock Rd. that I had missed first time by. It's easy to miss because it looks more like the driveway of the house it runs by than anything else. Look for the old cemetery off to the left. It's about 150 feet west of Smith Avenue.

The hike up from the water tank was surprisingly steep--about 325 feet elevation gain in 0.31 mi. e.g about a 20% grade.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:339 ft / 104 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:339 ft / 104 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:bush whack
    Trailhead:near water tank  2014 ft / 613 m
    Time Up:11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Time Down:8 Minutes



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