Ascent of Grassy Ridge Bald on 2012-08-23

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Todd Callaghan
Date:Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Ridge Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6160 ft / 1877 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Roan Mountain we descended to Carvers Gap (5,512’) and headed out for the longest run of the day. It was sunny but we were nearly surrounded by rain showers. Our goal was Grassy Ridge Bald which was the high point on the ridge and the entire run would be on a grassy bald (a wide open area with spectacular views). We kept a steady pace on this run and maybe upped the tempo a bit after we heard some grumbles of thunder and saw a lightning strike in the distance. The view was fantastic and the footy was mostly great. We crossed over Round Bald (5,826’) and Jane Bald (5,807’) on the way to Grassy Ridge Bald (6,160’). The two hundred foot drop/climb between Round Bald and Jane Bald seemed tougher on the way back. We completed the round trip in 56:25 (29:41/26:44) and got back to the car before any real rain fell. That concluded our peak bagging for day one and we headed to Linville Falls for some pizza and sleep. Grassy Bald is the 7th highest county high point in NC and the 9th highest county hp on the AT.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:648 ft / 197 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:Carvers Gap  5512 ft / 1680 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:26 Minutes

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