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Ascent of McDill Point on 2014-12-29

Climber: William Musser

Date:Monday, December 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McDill Point
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:2188 ft / 666 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kind of lost at this point, and not sure where the upper trail that takes you to Hernandez Peak was, I continued west hoping to cross the ridge line trail. What is even more confusing, if you continue to follow the red blazes on the trees marking the wilderness boundary heading west, you eventually hit the upper trail in a place where the trail snakes around in many directions and does not give you a sense which way back to Hernandez. I hiked up and back and forth several times and accidentally found this peak instead of Hernandez.

I was not confident in the ridge trail at this time which would make sense to me later when I saw an updated map and stopped using the outdated USGS. Wish I had my GPS with me. With the sun setting, I made one last attempt at bushwhacking Hernandez before realizing, I was out of time, and needed to come back the way I came while I could still see.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:198 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:198 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Overcast
58F crappy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:198 ft / 60 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 178 ft / 54 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:ravine/creek east of peak  2010 ft / 612 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:178 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:bushwhack
    End Trailhead:ravine/creek east of peak  2010 ft / 612 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Alabama CHPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Troup County High Point2014-12-29 a95 ft / 29 m
2Salem Lookout2014-12-29 b270 ft / 82 m
3Chambers County High Point2014-12-29 c200 ft / 61 m
4Hernandez Peak-South Slope2014-12-29 d440 ft / 134 m
5McDill Point2014-12-29 e198 ft / 60 m
6(Attempt) Hernandez Peak2014-12-29 f460 ft / 140 m
Total Trip Gain: 1663 ft / 506 m    Total Trip Loss: 1388 ft / 423 m



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