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Ascent of Bald Rock Mountain on 2015-01-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Rock Mountain
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:1594 ft / 485 m

Ascent Trip Report

A tough/steep bushwack of sorts .... 1.6 miles, 2:00 hours RT.

I approached from the northwest, using the route in Bill Jacobs and John Mitchler TRs, which still apply today. This report attempts to update/add detail to the hike.

We drove Rocky Road to the fork and went left (after first going right with no results) to the 3 houses at 100+ yards. The Power Line to the summit ridge is behind (east) of the house to the left. There was no answer at the door, so I went to the house on the right with a whole bunch of colorful chickens running around. Bill, who allowed us to park in his driveway, was somewhat surprised with my plan to climb to the ridge, "The climb is steep and rough, it's a wall of rocks at the top."
I responded, "I sure does look steep, at my age I take it really slow with lots of granny-breaks."

From the driveway I went east 30 yards to the Power line right-of-way, which climbs southeast to the ridge at an estimated .6 miles. A grass track follows the Power Line right-of-way for the first 300+ yards where the real climbing begins. Then a rough/steep herd path for another 200+ yards to where a drainage trench crosses the right-of-way. From here on its really rough/difficult, the right-of-way is full of dense brush full of thorny vines, large rocks and some dead fall .... no fun, at spots I had to break the vines with my hands in order to move forth.
After about 50 yards I went left inside the woods for the rest of the way to the ridge .... fairly open with patches of underbrush and dead fall but the floor is a field of moss-covered rocks, not easy, poor footing but easier than the right-of-way..
The last 50 yards is an exceptional steep scramble on all fours around huge boulders.

Once on the ridge it's easy, I turned right (southwest), a path is on the craggy sharp/rocky ridge.
AREA 2 is at 100 yards (20 yards west of the old Lookout Tower).
AREA 1 is at another 200 yards, I saw the 2 BMs which were not legible.

This summit area is full of Towers, I counted 9 through the fog.

I ascended the .6 miles to the ridge in 1h10 and descended in 30 minutes, with a total RT time of 2h00 hours. I came out without a slip and no scratches. Luckily I was dressed for the thorny wack.
It was a lousy misty day with some sprinkle of rain.

"WE DARE DEFEND OUR RIGHTS" ...... this Alabama state motto was inspired by a poem written by Sir William Jones with one of the stanzas being:
"WHAT CONSTITUTES A STATE ? ........
MEN WHO THEIR DUTIES KNOW,
BUT KNOW THEIR RIGHTS,
AND KNOWING, DARE MAINTAIN."

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:844 ft / 256 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:wack seb from rocky road
    Trailhead:rocky road  800 ft / 243 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes



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