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Ascent of Mount Le Conte on 2009-03-21

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Nichole
Renny
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Le Conte
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:6593 ft / 2009 m

Ascent Trip Report

We ascended via the Alum cave trail starting at approximately 8:30 a.m. It was cold, but rather beautiful. Along the way we encountered lots of ice, but nothing requiring additional gear. There were icicles, ice "curly crystals" that formed from seepage, and icy patches on rocks. Clear weather provided excellent views, and it became warm enough at noon to relax and nap in the sun. Spent an hour or so moseying around the top, then descended via the Rainbow Falls trail, which seemed to take a long time, but we got there.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2717 ft / 828 m
    Elevation Loss:3930 ft / 1198 m
    Distance:15.6 mi / 25.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2717 ft / 828 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Route:Alum Cave trail
    Trailhead:Alum Cave TH  3876 ft / 1181 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 33 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3930 ft / 1198 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:Rainbow Falls trail
    Trailhead:Rainbow Falls TH  2663 ft / 811 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 14 Minutes



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