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Ascent of Big Flat Mountain on 2014-03-11

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Flat Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3389 ft / 1032 m

Ascent Trip Report

I assumed the campground would still be closed for the winter, and it was another warm (semi-clear) afternoon (the sixth in a row on this peakbagging expedition!) after our grueling winter in Pittsburgh, so I eagerly parked at the AT th. parking west of Big Flat and walked up the trail. Except for a few slicks spots with some still remaining ice, an easy walk. Met an aged Appalachian Trail through hiker on my way down. Didn't ask his age but he looked older than my 66. We exchanged tales of bad backs and stubborn prostates, but he looked exceedingly vigorous and cheerful to me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:587 ft / 178 m
    Total Elevation Loss:76 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:555 ft / 169 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 511 ft / 155 m; Extra: 44 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:44 ft / 13 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Ap. TH parking  2878 ft / 877 m
    Time:39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:32 ft / 9 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 13388 ft / 4079 m; Extra: 32 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:32 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Time:31 Minutes



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