Ascent of Mount Sterling on 2008-12-06

Climber: Mike Ehrhardt

Others in Party:Matthew Patty
Date:Saturday, December 6, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sterling
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5842 ft / 1780 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started hike from Big Creek campground/trail head to Walnut Bottom,
Campsite 37 (5.1 miles). Then, on to Gunter Fork looping left to follow Sterling Ridge to Campsite 38 (fire tower). Then, descended Baxter Creek Trail.

* Make sure to replenish water supply somewhere between Laurel Gap and Pretty Hollow Gap; otherwise at the end of the day when you are exhausted you will have to hike .25 mi down Baxter Creek Trail for water. No significant water source between Pretty Hollow Gap and summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2762 ft / 842 m
    Elevation Loss:4107 ft / 1252 m
    Distance:19.4 mi / 31.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Windy, Low Clouds
Frigid and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2762 ft / 842 m
    Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Route:Gunter Fork/Mt. Sterling Ridge
    Trailhead:Lower Walnut Bottom  3080 ft / 938 m
    Time Up:8 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4107 ft / 1252 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Baxter Creek Trail
    Trailhead:Big Creek Campground  1735 ft / 528 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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