Ascent of The Priest on 2007-07-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Ultra marathoner
David Horton
Date:Saturday, July 21, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Priest
    Elevation:4063 ft / 1238 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day #64 ultramarathoner & ironman
Been off/on w Mike the last 4 days, left ahead of him, plan is to meet in Waynesboro.
My plan (on advice) was to follow old AT up the famous Mau-Har Gorge instead of going over the top of the Three Ridges !!! big mistake !!!. From the Mau-Har T junctionu north of the Tye river, the Mau-Har goes up 300ft, down 500ft, up again 1000ft all on very steep/rocky/poorly maintained trail. The worst part was the huge boulders encountered up the gorge, scramble/on all fours. The Mau-Har rejoins AT at Maupin shelter. Few miles further, after going over Reeds Gap South Peak, the AT rejoins the BRP, which I decided to follow for an enjoyable 4 miles, get out of the tunnel for a change of scenery .... open good views, few cars.
Except for the Mau-Har gorge the T was easy/moderate moved at a good pace all day, very few stops because of the day's long destination.
19:00 hrs arrived shelter, very tired after a long day but happy due to the people I met. I do not like to get in late, had to rush my errands. Shortly after, Jay & his 3 dogs arrived, they are out for a few days ..... a quiet, divorced, big chested 46 yr old. He is a 5 time Ironman w over 20 Triathlons. He was hit by a car & wears a leg brace. Works w the mentally retarded, a real nice guy

!!!!! The big excitement of the day was twice meeting David Horton, considered the Godfather of Ultramarathoners !!!! He's run all over the USA, done the AT in 67 days (an average of abt 32 mpd), has a book out on the Mount Washington Road Race which he has won a number of times, will try and get it.
He was running the AT on his favorite training route, he lives locally. He started at the Tye river, sb on the AT to the summit of The Priest (+3100') then back down to the river and nb over the Three Ridges summit (+3000'), back down sb via the old AT (Mau-Har) to the start (Tye river) ..... abt 23 miles w over 6100ft of climbing. All in a morning !!! amazing !!! and these are his daily daily training runs !!!. The more senior Ultramarathoner was with Dave Cristie plus one another young guy, it was Cristie who told me about Horton.
I first met them on his way up to The Priest & again later on his way down the Mau-Har gorge. I'll report today's encounters to my son who is into Triathlons.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:223 ft / 68 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:223 ft / 68 m
    Distance:25 mi / 40.2 km
    Route:AT day #64 nb-the priest shelt/paul wolfe shelter
    Trailhead:the priest shelter  3840 ft / 1170 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:AT nb to meadow mountain
    Trailhead:paul c wolfe shelter  

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