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Ascent of Luftee Knob on 2009-03-07

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Saturday, March 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Luftee Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6234 ft / 1900 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the hardest bushwhack thus far on my trip. I went a slightly different route then the Carolina Mountain Club and I think it was a bit easier. I started on the southeast ridge but a little farther east than the CMC. It seemed to be clear here all the way to the top of the ridge. Then I just traveled west along the ridge following the faint manway. There are some dense spots but usually you can find a path around. I tried coming down the route as described by the CMC but never really saw a good path so I gave up and came down the same way I went up.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail, Balsam Mountain Trl
    Trailhead:Mount Chapman  
    Time Up:3 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Newfound-AT-Cosby

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Ambler2009-03-06
2Masa Knob2009-03-06
32009-03-07
4Mount Sequoyah2009-03-07
5Mount Chapman2009-03-07
6Luftee Knob2009-03-07
7Thermo Knob2009-03-07
8Marks Knob2009-03-07
9Tricorner Knob2009-03-07
10Mount Guyot2009-03-08
11Old Black2009-03-08



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