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Ascent of Mount Rogers on 2006-04-12

Climber: Doug Urban

Others in Party:Mary Urban
Date:Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to Damascus, VA from Asheville, NC and had breakfast. Climbed from Massie Gap trailhead. Saw some ponies right away. Walked north up to the AT. Hiked AT up Wilburn Ridge to Thomas Knob shelter. USFS helicopter flew over and dropped several fire fighters off in front of us. Talked to one and was told that they were going to do a controlled burn. "You will have to turn around." I told him that I wasn't going to turn around, I came to summit. He let me go and said that I might have to stay on top for awhile. We continued on to the Mt. Rogers Spur Trail and reached the summit and had lunch. Hiked down through the burned area. Very smoky. Saw more ponies on the way back down. Warm day, but cloudy. One of my favorite hikes of our HP trip. HP #11.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 458 m
    Elevation Loss:1500 ft / 458 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 458 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Rhododendron Trail
    Trailhead:4229 ft / 1288 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1500 ft / 458 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Trailhead:4229 ft / 1288 m



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