Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2013-05-03

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

I tried to do Mt.Mitchell twice before in March and bad weather closed the roads. I assumed it wouldn't be such a problem in May, but as I entered white out fog around 4000 feet and 15 miles away on the Parkway, I feared I'd find it closed again. I did make it up, but spent little time there, just a quick scamper up the ramped path. No views, 41 degrees and wind chill at least 20 degrees colder than that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:84 ft / 25 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, White-out
41 degrees w. gale force winds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:84 ft / 25 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Start Trailhead:6600 ft / 2011 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km

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