Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2012-06-21

Climber: Steve Fentner

Date:Thursday, June 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Very intense climb. Few level areas, always heading up. Trail was easy to follow/negotiate. Steep in sections on the way down. Took Higgins Bald loop on the way back. There was nothing to see. Occasional shower at summit from passing clouds. Concession and Gift Shop on summit. Used a lot of water and G2. Only stream was near top end of Higgins Bald loop, so carry extra. Summit views are well worth the effort.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3640 ft / 1110 m
    Elevation Loss:3640 ft / 1110 m
    Distance:11.4 mi / 18.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Hazy Hot Humid Pasing Shower at Summit
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3640 ft / 1110 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Mount Mitchell Trail (Blu)
    Trailhead:Black Mountain Campground  3044 ft / 927 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3640 ft / 1110 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Mount Mitchell Trail (Blu)
    Trailhead:Black Mountain Campground  3044 ft / 927 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 50 Minutes

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