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Ascent of Mount Gibbes on 2021-03-20

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Saturday, March 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Gibbes
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6520 ft / 1987 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the visitor center (Stepps Gap) and headed south on the upper of the two gated gravel roads. The road climbs steadily to the saddle between Gibbes and Clingmans Peak. At the saddle take a hard left and walk the grassy jeep track. You will reach a small tower and two dilapidated buildings. Walk between the buildings and you can pick up a social trail that carries you to the rock fin of the summit. No views due to dense evergreens. I carried on from there toward Clingmans.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:467 ft / 142 m
    Total Elevation Loss:15 ft / 4 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:467 ft / 142 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 452 ft / 138 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Stepps Gap  6068 ft / 1849 m
    Time:19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Potato (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Gibbes2021-03-20 b467 ft / 142 m
2Clingmans Peak2021-03-20 c 
3Potato Knob2021-03-20 d80 ft / 24 m
4Blackstock Knob2021-03-20 e959 ft / 292 m
Total Trip Gain: 1506 ft / 458 m    Total Trip Loss: 1506 ft / 459 m



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