Ascent of Mount Collins on 2010-06-01

Climber: Jamie Bakken

Date:Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Collins
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6188 ft / 1886 m

Ascent Trip Report

I reached the summit of Mt. Collins on my way up to Clingmans Dome from Newfound Gap. It was part of an aggresive 14 mile round-trip only 1 day removed from a difficult 10 miler on the Appalachian Trail to the top of Mt. Rogers, VA. I left Newfound Gap in the early afternoon (about 1:30) with many I saw on the way doubting I could get back before dark. The shelter near Mt. Collins was closed due to aggresive bear activity and the Clingmans Dome road was closed due to construction which made this area less accessible (and more attractive to backpackers seeking solitude!) On my return trip from Clingmans Dome I got some pretty nasty leg cramps near Mt. Collins but still made it back to Newfound Gap just as it was getting dark! (Whew!!!) 14 miles along the AT in just over 7 hours. I was on pace for a little over 6 hours until the leg cramps.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1142 ft / 348 m
    Trailhead:Newfound Gap  5046 ft / 1538 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail

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