Ascent to Mount Guyot-Appalachian Trail on the shoulder of Mt. Guyot on 2009-12-31

Climber: George Beckmann

Date:Thursday, December 31, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Guyot - Appalachian Trail on the shoulder of Mt. Guyot
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m
    Remaining Elevation:621 ft / 190 m (13% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

We started our attempt at the Cosby campground in extreme eastern tennessee. The first 5.3 miles were very steep but fairly easy. We started to see snow near the top of snake den ridge trail. Once we got to the AT we waited for the rest of our group and rested for awhile and ate. The next 3.7 miles were very difficult through up to two feet of untracked snow. It was extremely slow going as I led most of the way and found the uphill sections completely exhausting. We were concerned that some of our party might need help reaching the shelter before nightfall so we scrapped our plan to summit Guyot. Also, we were completely exhausted mentally and physically from trudging through the snow. I plan to return next spring or summer to summit Guyot. The last 3.7 would have been easy if not for the snow.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Snake den ridge to the AT
    Trailhead:Cosby campground  2000 ft / 609 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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