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Ascent of Ridgepole Mountain on 2007-05-24

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, May 24, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ridgepole Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5043 ft / 1537 m

Ascent Trip Report

DAY #11 ----- HIKERS CREED ------
A long tough day, got in at 18h00 hours much too late for me...... should not have done the side hikes. Shortly after leaving I took a rough herd path sb to the summit of Ridgepole mountain (where the AT goes over the north ridge), followed by a short hike up to Pinnacle mountain (via a good path on the southside, past bigspring gap). Uneventfull day.

I shared the shelter with power hiker JD Drift, who arrived at 18h30, after a 26 mile day. He talked about his light-weight gear, in particular his DUAL STOVE, alcohol & solid fuel (heet alcohol & esbit tablets), and his no stick pots (saves a lot of clean up time). I'll look for these items when I get to wesser,NOC & hot springs.

HIKERS CREED from the shelter's trail register:
"ON MY HONOR I WILL TRY TO KEEP MY FEET ON THE TRAIL AND MY SPIRITS HIGH, NO MATTER HOW TOUGH THE TRAIL MAY SEEM"
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:743 ft / 227 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:743 ft / 227 m
    Distance:19.6 mi / 31.5 km
    Route:AT day #11 nb-carter gap/siler bald shelters
    Trailhead:carter gap shelter  4300 ft / 1310 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:AT nb
    Trailhead:siler bald shelter  



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