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Ascent of Stone Mountain on 2013-11-23

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
William Musser -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stone Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2305 ft / 702 m

Ascent Trip Report

Daniel and I ran up the mountain as quickly as we could as we had just driven 9 hours from FL. As soon as we made camp with our 1968 restored Serro Scotty Serro 13 foot trailer, Karen dropped us off at the lower parking area. It was approaching dark so we left the TH at about 4:10 PM and was down by around 5:30 PM so we got to watch the sunset. The hike from the lower parking area is 805 feet of gain made in short order as it climbs the rounded edge of the rock formation aided by much fixed stone and wood steps.

Once atop, we hiked around the batholith ledges for awhile enjoying the sunset and taking photos. We hiked down the roudned edge as far as the warning signs allowed. With all the regain lost during the exploring the top and hiking up on the ledges we picked up another 0.3 of a mile and some extra 100 feet or so on the way down. The puppy performed well on the steps and the large ledges. We would try it again from the opposite side in a few days and take Karen with us.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:905 ft / 275 m
    Total Elevation Loss:905 ft / 275 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
30F conld front coming in
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:805 ft / 245 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:East Loop of Stone Mtn. Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lower Parking  1500 ft / 457 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:905 ft / 275 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 805 ft / 245 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:East Loop of Stone Mtn. Trail
    End Trailhead:Lower Parking  1500 ft / 457 m



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