Ascent of Rich Mountain on 2009-01-14

Climber: Ryan Courtney

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rich Mountain
    Elevation:2666 ft / 812 m

Ascent Trip Report

Points 1 and 2: I measured the gravel road 5.6 miles from US259. An interesting note on this one - if you go in the way Jerry Brekhus did per his TR, you do not pass any posted signs. If you climb up from the road to the point farthest west, then take the overgrown road to the "more substantial communication equipment", the first notice you would see is on the fence surrounding the FAA radar. There is a scenic overlook just east of the FAA gravel road where I parked.

Points 3 and 4: I noticed the rock outcrops at about mile 8.3-8.5 from 259. There is another scenic overlook at mile 8.6. I parked there and followed the signed Dwarf Oak Trail, which wound through the forest and up to the ridge. By using this trail and then walking over rock, you may be able to avoid the thorns entirely. I did not avoid them - and they are no fun: sturdy, thick, damaging thorns. I wore jeans and they shredded right through them. I had many fairly deep scratches in my legs and on my arms and actually had thorn tips in a couple of fingers for the rest of the trip. Nasty!

Points 5 and 6: More thorns. I did not entirely avoid them at this location either.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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