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Ascent of Richland Balsam on 2018-11-05

Climber: Ariel Jacala

Others in Party:Scott Carter
Date:Monday, November 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Richland Balsam
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6410 ft / 1953 m

Ascent Trip Report

On November 5, 2018, I partnered with Scott KW4JM for the first time. I met him at the Haywood Jackson Overlook overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He got there first and was patiently waiting. I was a bit slow and tentative driving on the parkway. The week before, my right tie-rod end failed and lost steering on Interstate 26 towards Charleston. It had since been repaired, but the thought of losing steering again on the twisty Blue Ridge Parkway terrified me.

It was a beautiful fall day but there was a lot of fog on the Parkway which slowed me down even more. The beauty and blaze of the autumn orange on the trees was overwhelming to the senses at times. I finally made it to the trail head at Richland Balsam and Scott and I exchanged pleasantries and soon we were on the trail. It seemed a short hike at the time and not too steep. The smell of the balsam fir was quite distinct and the tree cover was thick with the leaves still on the trees.

Scott found a small opening and I found my own small opening near a bench very conveniently placed for me. My first chaser on this summit was Dean K2JB along with 19 others – who are now becoming more familiar.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:396 ft / 120 m
    Total Elevation Loss:396 ft / 120 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:396 ft / 120 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Upper trail
    Start Trailhead:35.35951, -82.98682  6014 ft / 1833 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:396 ft / 120 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    End Trailhead:35.35951, -82.98682  6014 ft / 1833 m
    Time:45 Minutes



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