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Ascent of Bearfence Mountain on 2014-03-11

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bearfence Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3560 ft / 1085 m

Ascent Trip Report

Leave it to Dr. Dickie to turn an easy class 2 hike (mostly a class 1 trail hike except for the last few feet up the rocks at the high point) into a tough class 3 experience! The trail starts with a staircase across the street from the trailhead parking. In a little over 0.1 mi. this intersects with the AT to the right while straight ahead is a blue blazed trail described on an info board below as a rock scramble trail. It was quite a challenge, throwing my sticks ahead of me so I could grab handholds and foot holds to shimmy myself up. After a few hundred yards of this I was semi-exhausted and there was more looming ahead. I looked down and saw the AT main trail at the base of the rocks. Don't get me wrong. It's a beautiful spot, and if you like rock scrambling you may consider this scrambler's heaven. But it was my sixth peak of the day. so I headed back down to the AT intersection and took it to the top. Easssy!!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:461 ft / 140 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:451 ft / 137 m
    Extra Loss:187 ft / 56 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Trailhead:Skyline Dr. TH parking  3296 ft / 1004 m
    Time Up:37 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Time Down:13 Minutes



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