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Ascent of Craggy Dome on 2012-04-22

Climber: William Sanderson

Date:Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craggy Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow. This summit was well earned. 13 members of the Meetup group went on this hike. We ferried two vehicles up to the Graybeard OL and left my truck at the visitor center. Started hiking at Craggy Visitor Center in a total white-out but no wind or rain. Split off from the shelter trail and descended to Douglas Falls. Lots of water and the wildflowers were exceptional. Wind picked up and rain began as we climbed back up toward the Parkway. Rejoined the MTS trail and went east, coming out at the Graybeard Overlook. By now the temp had dropped and it was sleeting. Two of us hiked an in-and-out to Craggy Dome from the parking lot at Graybeard OL. Wind was 30+ and the sleet stung like bees. Awesome April weather.
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