Ascent of Mount Guyot on 2007-12-29

Climber: Terry Wheeler

Others in Party:J. Mlynarek
Date:Saturday, December 29, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Guyot
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6621 ft / 2018 m

Ascent Trip Report

Guyot is the highest peak in the east without a trail or road going to the summit. So this is one bushwhack that just seems like it has to be done. It's a tough slog, although no worse than some of the bushwhacks in the northeast. We left the AT just north of the summit, where the trail crests at about 6300'. From there it's only 300 vertical feet up the steep slope through blackberries, blowdowns, rotten logs, deep moss and dense new growth of conifers. But the forest opens up near the summit, which is marked by a tiny cairn with a USGS benchmark cemented to one of the stones.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:701 ft / 213 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:701 ft / 213 m
    Route:Appalachian Trail / bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Old Black  5920 ft / 1804 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    End Trailhead:Tricorner Knob  

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