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Ascent of Mount Guyot on 2009-03-08

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Sunday, March 8, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Guyot
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6621 ft / 2018 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was by far the hardest bushwhack I've done. You start this hike between the summit and fast summit of the mountain. There is a not-so-obvious path leading to the top of the ridge and it's tagged with orange ribbons along the way. It's easy to lose the ribbons so just make your way up. Once you get to the top of the ridge the fun begins. There's an endless supply of blackberry thickets and Fraser Fir blowdowns...literally. It's constant almost the entire way to the summit. Just before the summit you come to an area where every tree is dead and 90% of them are down, blocking your path. It doesn't seem possible but there is a path through them. There is a small clearing with a few trees that has some rocks along with a survery marker that marks the summit. I noticed on the way back that if you start heading northeast after the dense blowdowns it's MUCH easier. You can avoid all the blackberries and more blowdowns. Hiking this route will take you real close from where you started off the AT.

About .1 of a mile north on the AT there is a small clearing on your left with a 1-foot diameter rock marking another path (on the right) to the summit. This path appears to lead to the false summit and I'm assuming it follows the ridge to the true summit. If this is the case, I would avoid this route since hiking along the top of the ridge is only suitable for masochists.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:Tricorner Shelter  
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Newfound-AT-Cosby

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Ambler2009-03-06
2Masa Knob2009-03-06
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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