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Ascent of Hightower Bald on 2008-03-23

Climber: Mark Prosser

Others in Party:Bill Tarleton.
Date:Sunday, March 23, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hightower Bald
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:4568 ft / 1392 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made difficult trip to Hightower Bald. Started on Saturday at Blue Ridge Gap at about noon. We originally planned to hike the entire ridge line to Eagle Mountain and overnight somewhere in between. The traverse from the AT to Hightower gap was the most difficult I've ever done. When we reached the gap, we decided to spend the night there and hit the summit of hightower bald the next morning and then return to the AT. On the return trip, we dropped down about 150 feet further into the valley and then traversed. It made the going much easier. There was a rough trail from Hightower gap to the bald. I would still recommend carrying a GPS.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Trailhead:hightower gap  
Descent Statistics
    Trailhead:AT at Blur Ridge GAp  
Ascent Part of Trip: Hightower Bald

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Rich Knob2008-03-22
2Hightower Bald2008-03-23



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