Ascent of Beech Knob on 2010-09-10

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Friday, September 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Beech Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5019 ft / 1529 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bushwhacking in the summertime just isn't a good idea. The slopes are rather steep, which are to be expected, but the briers were not expected. I tried heading up the south slope. It was somewhat bearable until I got most of the elevation gain done. Then, once on the 'summit ridge' it was a sea of briers. I had on shorts and decided I had had enough, so I turned back. I'll likely try this summit again in the winter or early spring and I'll wear pants this time. Also, I think I'll try another route. From the Pink Beds Overlook on the BRP, I'll walk south on the BRP for a ways and then I'll try to head northwest up the slope to the saddle between Fryingpan and Beech, then head west southwest across the ridge to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:302 ft / 92 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:Cradle of Forestry Overlook on BRP  4717 ft / 1437 m
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:22 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: MST-Grren Knob

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Green Knob2010-09-10725 ft / 221 m
2(Attempt) Beech Knob2010-09-10302 ft / 92 m
3Fryingpan Mountain2010-09-10384 ft / 117 m
4Big Bald2010-09-10317 ft / 97 m
Total Trip Gain: 1728 ft / 527 m    Total Trip Loss: 686 ft / 209 m

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