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Ascent of Mount Mingus on 2011-05-05

Climber: Rob Carter

Date:Thursday, May 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Mingus
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:5802 ft / 1768 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fairly straightforward with a faint trail to the first false summit. Heavy bushwacking to the second false summit with lots of crawling under blowdowns and climbing over multiple hemlock skeletons. Hands and knees for about half a mile to get under the branching along the ridgetop. A significant drop in elevation prior to ataining the third false summit which was slight less vegetative. The final climb to the true summit was almost a couple hundred feet of steep ascent which actually made the bushwack easier as you were looking up under the undergrowth. Descent was via West slope dropping down to Road Prong Trail so as to ascend Sugarland Mountain. In hindsight, this climb would have been easier heading up from the Chimney Top and Road Prong trail junction. Take a GPS to assist routefinding and finding the actual coordinates. You do not want to be crawling around this summit looking for the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:679 ft / 206 m
    Total Elevation Loss:679 ft / 206 m
    Grade/Class:Southern BW 5
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:679 ft / 206 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 522 ft / 159 m; Extra: 157 ft / 47m
    Loss on way in:157 ft / 47 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:AT to bushwack
    Start Trailhead:Indian Gap  5280 ft / 1609 m
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:522 ft / 159 m
    Route:AT to bushwack
    End Trailhead:Indian Gap  5280 ft / 1609 m



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