Ascent of Big Cataloochee Mountain on 2009-05-16

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Cataloochee Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6155 ft / 1876 m

Ascent Trip Report

This bushwhack wasn't too bad. About 100' past a rocky stream head straight up the mountain. After a ways you may see some orange ribbons marking the way but you don't have to follow them since it's rather straightforward and not too dense. There's more than one marked way up and the way farthest east seems to be easiest to follow (it's a bit more well-worn). The summit (or where most people think the summit is) is marked by several ribbons/tags. It's a .5 mile bushwhack that climbs 500'.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:695 ft / 212 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:695 ft / 212 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Balsam Mountain Trl, Mt. Sterling Ridge, manway
    Trailhead:Laurel Gap Shelter  5460 ft / 1664 m
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Cataloochee

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ledge Bald2009-05-16
2Balsam High Top2009-05-16
3Big Cataloochee Mountain2009-05-16
4Big Butt2009-05-16

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