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Ascent of Horn Knoll on 2014-09-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, September 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Horn Knoll
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:1700 ft / 518 m

Ascent Trip Report

After completing another simple county highpoint even with my deliberate attempt to get as much distance and gain as possible for a decent workout, my thirst for being outdoors was not adequately quenched, so on the way back to the car I passed (once again) the new tower with newly cut paths up to the top. I noticed that the actual peak of this knoll was off to the side away from the tower on a ridge of open wooded solitude. Spotting some large sedimentary boulders I was desperate to select a bushwhack route that would deliberately require me to scamper-climb to explore the top. Bored after a long road hike to get the CHP, I picked a path that meandered me up and through a few fine rocky formations I could find to reward myself with some easy and far too short lived scrambling. Living far away from mountains with any real rock drives me to play on rock as much today as when I was a kid. The amount of stone, however, was disappointingly far less than I was hoping, and all too quickly I was back to just walking up a nice wooded ridge up to the obvious knoll's peak which was at least punctuated with a large oak tree with a large horizontal branch.

Hardly worth the effort, it was at least another 140 feet of vertical gain with some stone so I rushed down and back to the car deciding to next explore the feature on the USGS map called "The Pinnacle" hoping to find something more worthy. I moved the car back towards Porter's Gap until I found a place to park my rental car and was not disappointed with the next feature I explored (see TR for The Pinnacle).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:165 ft / 49 m
    Total Elevation Loss:225 ft / 68 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some easy 3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
67F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:bushwhack through boulders
    Start Trailhead:CR 600-1 adjacent to point 1700  1560 ft / 475 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:225 ft / 68 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 200 ft / 61 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:bushwhack
    End Trailhead:CR 600-1 at 1,500 feet  1500 ft / 457 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Talladega

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Horn Mountain2014-09-22 a769 ft / 234 m
2Horn Knoll2014-09-22 b165 ft / 50 m
3The Pinnacle2014-09-22 c353 ft / 108 m
Total Trip Gain: 1287 ft / 392 m    Total Trip Loss: 1287 ft / 393 m



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