Ascent of Spaniards Knob on 2015-01-24

Climber: John Chambers

Date:Saturday, January 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spaniards Knob
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

After leaving horsetrough, I followed the AT over to Red Clay gap to the west of Spaniard. The beginning of that spur was covered with Laurel, so I stayed on the AT until I passed the gulley coming off the saddle on that west spur. I headed straight up the reentrant to the saddle, then followed the spur up from there. Not a bad walk. Some scrub and blueberry thickets, but no laurel and no briars.

From that northwest summit, I walked across the saddle to the southeast summit. I think they are both 4000 ft, so I don't know which is official. The view was better from the southeast summit.

I then went down the east spur of that southeast summit. That first 100 feet down is an awful tangle of briars. After that it is a nice rock covered downhill ridge until it smooths out near the AT.

Sometime between Horsetrough and Spaniard, the sun came out. The wind still would come and go at times, but by the time I came down spaniard, most of the rime ice had melted.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:910 ft / 277 m
    Total Elevation Loss:910 ft / 277 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:690 ft / 210 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 470 ft / 144 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:AT/bushwhack west spur
    Start Trailhead:Chattahoochee Gap  3530 ft / 1075 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:690 ft / 210 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 470 ft / 144 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:AT/north spur from east peak
    End Trailhead:Chattahoochee Gap  3530 ft / 1075 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Horsetrough-Spaniard

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Horsetrough Mountain2015-01-241816 ft / 554 m
2Spaniards Knob2015-01-24910 ft / 277 m
3Brookshire Top2015-01-24356 ft / 109 m
Total Trip Gain: 3082 ft / 940 m    Total Trip Loss: 3072 ft / 936 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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