Ascent of Mount Mitchell on 2009-01-31

Climber: Matt Perry

Others in Party:10 other PHOC members
Date:Saturday, January 31, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount Mitchell
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6684 ft / 2037 m

Ascent Trip Report

Led 11 people for my third annual late January climb from the Black Mt Campground (trail 190) up to Mitchell. The new tower was open and well used. Came down Camp Alice Trail to the horse trail and back to Mitchell trail down. Took the side trail (190-A) on the way down.

Best view from the summit I've ever had. Visibility was forever; the 50mph wind overnight helped clear out the air.

Not as much ice on the trail as 2008, but a lot of thin ice on stream at the uphill junction of 190 & 190-A. A couple of wet feet there.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3684 ft / 1123 m
    Elevation Loss:3684 ft / 1123 m
    Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Frigid, Breezy, Clear
Clear & cold (19 deg @ summit)
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3684 ft / 1123 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Mt Mitchell Trail
    Trailhead:Black Mt Campground  3000 ft / 914 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3684 ft / 1123 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Camp Alice/Mt Mitchell Trail
    Trailhead:Black Mt Campground  3000 ft / 914 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 15 Minutes

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