Ascent of Brasstown Bald on 2007-04-08

Climber: G. Ringle

Date:Sunday, April 8, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brasstown Bald
    Elevation:4784 ft / 1458 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had been looking forward to this challenge since I learned of its existence. To me, part of the peak bagging experience, at least in the Appalachians, is that the ascent seem like an accomplishment. Not simply a drive to within 6/10 mile to the summit and then strolling to the top. This is one of those peaks that can be bagged in this manner. However, I chose to tackle the 6.1 mile trail from Trackrock Gap to the summit.

It was a pretty cold Easter morning. After the initial 1 1/2 - 2 mile brutal climb, the trail runs along a ridge top for most of the way. I could see rime ice on the top of Brasstown and Chimneytop. Basically, you are climbing four mountains to get to Brasstown. One stretch near Blue Bluff is pretty difficult, followed by the great views you get from the summit of Chimneytop. I saw absolutely no one in the 8.5 hours that it took to complete this in and out trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2564 ft / 781 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.2 mi / 19.6 km
    Route:Arkaquah Trail
    Trailhead:Trackrock Gap  2220 ft / 676 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Arkaqua Trail

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Chimneytop Mountain2007-04-082083 ft / 635 m
2Brasstown Bald2007-04-082564 ft / 782 m
Total Trip Gain: 4647 ft / 1417 m    Total Trip Loss: 4647 ft / 1417 m

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