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Ascent of White Knoll South on 2012-09-29

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Saturday, September 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Knoll South
    Location:USA-Pennsylvania
    Elevation:2580 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

Previous chp'ers took a jeep track south (slightly west of the gated track to 2580) a bit from White Knoll Rd. and then bushwhacked from there (a difficult bushwhack even with the short drive in). I found that route more aggressively posted than it must have been in the past and abandoned that option. I also tried to bushwhack from the other point on the White Knoll and abandoned that because of the extremely thick thorn bushes. I hike a great deal in Pa. and this was not a surprise--often I just barrel through thorn bushes using my hiking poles a bit like machetes, but these were really evil (might be better when they die back in winter).

So I headed out onto the country roads looking for another option. South of the hp I found Swartz Hollow Rd. off Lehman Hollow Rd. A few hundred yards in an ATV track headed left towards my destination. I parked about 0.7 mi. (and 450 feet below) from the hp coordinates by GPS. The track headed a bit more northerly than the northwest I needed, but in about 2/3 of a mile of walking I gained a little elevation and narrowed the distance by about half. I then bushwhacked downhill to a stream and then back up to a road leaving me about 300 feet down and about a quarter mile from my destination but with a very steep and heavily overgrown slope in the way. The slope was crisscrossed by a variety of roads and ATV tracks. At least one of the roads looked well traveled--if someone can figure out where it starts they might find an easier route up. I use these tracks where I could and bushwhacked where I couldn't. The bushwhacking was difficult but not nearly as bad as the one I had abandoned from the north. Once on the ridge these tracks run very close to the hp. This proved to be a long arduous route of over 3 mi. round trip with over 700 feet elevation gain and considerable bushwhacking mixed in with a bit of trail and road walking. But if you find the thorn thickets on the other route difficult as I did, this is an alternative.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:715 ft / 217 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:595 ft / 181 m
    Extra Loss:113 ft / 34 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Trailhead:Swartz Hollow  2098 ft / 639 m
    Time Up:58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Time Down:45 Minutes



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