Ascent of Jenkins Knob on 2020-09-12

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Saturday, September 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Jenkins Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5565 ft / 1696 m

Ascent Trip Report

Attempted this peak en route to the Double Spring Gap Shelter from Derrick Knob. The off trail 'whack was easy at first. Not to far off the trail there's a large area that's fenced in via a metal fence. Not sure why.

I found what appeared to be the highest point, but was forced to stop just six feet or so from it due to the fact that it was covered in a mass of thorny weeds. I had no intention of scratching a cornea trying to bag it so I turned back.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:685 ft / 208 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:685 ft / 208 m
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:Derrick Knob Shelter  4880 ft / 1487 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Derrick Knob Out n Back (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cold Spring Knob2020-09-110 ft / 0 m
2Hemlock Knob2020-09-110 ft / 0 m
3Mount Davis2020-09-110 ft / 0 m
4Silers Bald2020-09-12727 ft / 222 m
5(Attempt) Jenkins Knob2020-09-12685 ft / 209 m
6Mount Buckley2020-09-131055 ft / 322 m
7Clingmans Dome2020-09-131138 ft / 347 m
Total Trip Gain: 3605 ft / 1100 m

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