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Ascent of Whitetop Mountain on 2015-05-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whitetop Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:5520 ft / 1682 m

Ascent Trip Report

Running out of time for the day and wanting to get this tall CHP with great views and prominence in, I had Karen give me a TH down at the intersection of CR600 and Whitetop Mtn Rd. This can be a complete drive-up for those simply wanting to scratch it off their list but I wanted the additional vertical workout for the day. You can start at Elk Garden TH just down the road and get another 200 feet of vertical and a more steep burn on the legs but we were concerned about the logistics of finding each other since the mapping (aerials and USGS etc) shows inconsistent interpretations of where the AT crosses the road. We thus, elected to have me hike up the gravel tower maintenance road where it would be easy to find me if we got separated.

Karen tired from our 10 mile hike of Mount Rogers earlier, drove up the road and parked up near the summit. I hiked the gravel road of 3.3 miles and nearly 1000 feet of vertical in 45 minutes. The canopy surrounding the road was very pleasant - seemed like a wide trail and did not have cars pass me on the way up so some solitude and the views above the middle parking lot were excellent.

The summit, however, is another anti-climatic big tower in a fence area type highpoints Still, the overall journey was quite pleasant and my ride awaited me at the top....asleep in the rental SUV

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:990 ft / 301 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
56F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:990 ft / 301 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 980 ft / 299 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Whitetop Mtn Rd
    Start Trailhead:intersection fo CR600 and Whitetop Mtn Rd  4540 ft / 1383 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
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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