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Ascent of Beartrap Knob in 1991-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Bob Rhodes
Date:October, 1991
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beartrap Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5560 ft / 1694 m

Ascent Trip Report

Backpacking trip in the Middle Prong Wilderness. Left From Haywood Gap and cirled around the wilderness enjoying the stream and camping on the bald knobs for views. Very relaxed pace of 16 miles. Accent of Beartrap knob with pack was from the Middle Prong below after first night spent on Green Knob. Approach of Beartrap Knob from campsite 2 by Grassy Ridge Branch and Haywood Gap stream at near EL 3,981.

Descended and hiked along the Haywood gap Stream to return bottom at 4662. Then ascended up to Haywood gap to return to vehicle at 5225 (5225-4662=563 extra ascent)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2142 ft / 652 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1461 ft / 445 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:class 1 & 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:cloudy and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1579 ft / 481 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Bushwhacked east side
    Start Trailhead:Middle Prong Creek   3981 ft / 1213 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1461 ft / 445 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 898 ft / 274 m; Extra: 563 ft / 171m
    Gain on way out:563 ft / 171 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:SE
    End Trailhead:Bottom by Haywood Gap Stream  4662 ft / 1420 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Middle Prong Wilderness (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
2Green Knob1991-10 b655 ft / 200 m
3Beartrap Knob1991-10 c2142 ft / 653 m
Total Trip Gain: 2797 ft / 853 m    Total Trip Loss: 3360 ft / 1024 m



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