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Ascent of Pine Mountain on 2015-05-22

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, May 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pine Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:5526 ft / 1684 m

Ascent Trip Report

Pine Mountain is the second rocky pinnacle knob along the Wilburn ridge if you elect to hike the Wilburn Ridge trail to the summit of Mount Rogers. There are many places where the AT white blazes or the many horse trails cris cross so stay with the light blue blaze in in a blue blaze if you want the more scenic and undulating adventure.

We passes some AT hikers that had elected off the AT to enjoy the ridge and then were to go back on the white blaze they were saying they were at mile 500 about 20% of their journey. We met several interesting couples doing the AT from Springer Mountain heading north to Baxter SP.

The temperature was finally into the 40s and the wind was not as bad by now and at the top of the second knob there was some sweet walls of rock to scramble. The trail does not go to the top of the knob, but you can pick one of many nice walls to play on or find a side trail to the summit. The views from the top are quite nice. Then we kept heading along the Wilburn Ridge with one more knob to to go before collecting our prize the state HP and what would be my 32nd state HP

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:121 ft / 36 m
    Total Elevation Loss:121 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some 3 opportu
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy
44F windy sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:121 ft / 36 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 106 ft / 32 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:Wilburn Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  5420 ft / 1652 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:106 ft / 32 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Wilburn Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  5420 ft / 1652 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Rogers Day

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Wilburn Ridge2015-05-22 a930 ft / 283 m
2Pine Mountain2015-05-22 b121 ft / 37 m
3Thomas Knob2015-05-22 c125 ft / 38 m
4Mount Rogers2015-05-22 d399 ft / 122 m
5Thomas Knob-notch2015-05-22 e130 ft / 40 m
6Pine Mountain2015-05-22 f116 ft / 35 m
7Wilburn Ridge2015-05-22 g120 ft / 37 m
8Whitetop Mountain2015-05-22 h990 ft / 302 m
9Buzzard Rock2015-05-22 i700 ft / 213 m
Total Trip Gain: 3631 ft / 1107 m    Total Trip Loss: 2651 ft / 808 m



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