Ascent of Big Bald on 2014-05-01

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5516 ft / 1681 m

Ascent Trip Report

Reached the Sams Gap TH around 3pm. A large group of "Trail Angels" were set up feeding and providing drinks to AT thru hikers. I talked to one and they said they counted nearly 70 for the day. I wasn't sure how far it was to Big Bald and one of them told me about 4 miles. 4 hour RT. I headed out. Soon found out it was about 12.5 miles RT with 2500 eg thrown in. Hiked the last mile to the car with headlamp.
A group of thru hikers decided that "Railroad" would be an appropriate trail name for me, due to my orthodonture work.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3156 ft / 961 m
    Extra Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Trailhead:Sams Gap  3760 ft / 1146 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear

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