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Ascent to Beartown Mountain-N ridge on 2012-05-06

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charlie Zerphey
John Hamann
Date:Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Beartown Mountain - N ridge
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Remaining Elevation:189 ft / 58 m (9% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Three members of the COHP Century Club will now attest to Beartown's reputation as one of the toughest COHPs in the Southeast. (We returned 2012-11-11 for a successful ascent via a different route.)

We started near Denison's Chapel around elevation 2840, found an old woods road, and made steady progress to 4400 feet on a ridge on the north side of the mountain--just a couple of hundred feet below the summit plateau. But the undergrowth was so thick that we could not get past 4500, even though we tried several approaches.

If you try Beartown from the north, you'll be wise to avoid the temptation of the old road in the woods and instead stay in the pastures. If we had left the road around 4000 feet and angled to the SW, I think we would have had a better chance.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1860 ft / 566 m
    Elevation Loss:1860 ft / 566 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1860 ft / 566 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Pastures, woods road, N ridge
    Trailhead:Denison Chapel road  2840 ft / 865 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1660 ft / 506 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:Denison Chapel road  2840 ft / 865 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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