Ascent of Mount Guyot on 2007-06-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:met "tiebeck"
Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Guyot
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6621 ft / 2018 m

Ascent Trip Report

DAY # 23 ---- barefooted "tiebeck" ----

Starting yesterday, the AT north of Newfound gap, has a lot of ridge walking with rocky sections and great views....... nothing like the south side of the Smokies, limited views.
I found out after leaving Tricorner shelter this morning, that I left my poles behind. I wasn't about to go back.......I was hoping that someone would carry them ahead to me. It didn't turn out that way.

...... A few miles after leaving the shelter the AT goes over Guyot's West ridge to the north side of the summit, from here I bushwacked to the summit, really rough & dense, blowdown, thorns. Should have turned around, took well over an hour (big mistake, I should not have done it). I didn't properly question yesterday's source of information (the guy told me it was easy) not enough questions on the obstacles/difficulties/time.
...... I was fortunate to find the herd path off of the AT to Old Black, starting on the west ridge of the summit. The rough path offers a short easy climb to the summit, marked with a small cairn.
...... Inadu Knob and Ross knob are both just off the AT and too easy to pass-by, both short herd-path/bushwacks.
...... Cosby Knob is another story. A bushwack from the west ridge to Cosby was another rough/tough, even though short, bushwack. I keep telling myself to ignore the tough bushwacks, but once you started its tough to turn around, especially if one is a peakbagger.
...... And finally after going over Sunup Knob and Cammerer Ridge I left the AT and took a left on the Cammarer side trail (.6 mi) to Cammerer summit's tower, back the same way to the AT.
Like yesterday I didn't enjoy today's off-trail bushwacks to Guyot and Cosby Knob, too rushed and tiring.

I sat on top of an open rock on the AT for a long break, after descending from Mount Cammerer, with super views of the valley below. After a bit TWO EAGLES hovered over my head the whole time ....... they put on a real show ....... they kept going around in circles, 40-50 ft above me, beautiful, it made my day.

Overnighted at Standing Bear Farm hostel, an old backwoods homestead built in 1920, Davenport gap/Pigeon river/I40/Waterville TN. A real neat place.

Met sb'er "Tiebeck", old army vet, WALKING BAREFOOTED, hopes to set a Guiness world record !!! Last year he did Katahdin/VA & had to stop cause of back problems. He stops in all towns looking for publicity from the local media ! ! ! I note here that while at the hostel he always wore his flip-flops ! ! ! Also according to my information, a number of people have done the AT barefooted ...... so I don't know what kind of record he's looking at.

A long day, getting in much too late for my liking (just after 18h00 hours).....should not have done Guyot and Cosby. Feeling tired but OK, had to rush dinner.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1256 ft / 383 m
    Elevation Loss:5221 ft / 1592 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:806 ft / 246 m
    Distance:18.1 mi / 29.1 km
    Route:AT nb-tricorner shelter/davenport gap hostel
    Trailhead:tricorner shelter  5815 ft / 1772 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5221 ft / 1592 m
    Extra Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Route:AT nb
    Trailhead:davenport gap,standing bear farm, waterville TN  1850 ft / 563 m

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