Ascent of Clingmans Dome in 1957-07

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Others in Party:parents
Date:July, 1957
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-Tennessee/North Carolina
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

My family took one of first long summer vacations in 1957, driving from Morristown, N.J. to Gatlinburg, Tenn. My parents were impressed by the concept of Clingmans Dome as the highest peak in the area, but the reality of it was a bit underwhelming: drive to a crowded parking lot; walk up a short path; views no better than those available at many other nearby locations.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:329 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:329 ft / 100 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:6314 ft / 1924 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km

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