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Ascent of Mount Rogers on 2016-12-03

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Others in Party:Riley P.
Chad P.
Date:Saturday, December 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

On 12/2/2016, myself and my buddies, Riley and Chad, drove to southern Virginia for a hiking/highpointing trip. First up for the weekend was the Virginia high point, Mt. Rogers. On 12/3, we started the hike from the Massie Gap trailhead.

From the trailhead, we took a path over to a gate, hopped the gate, then took the Rhododendron Gap Trail around the mountainside to the junction with the Appalachian Trail. Leading up to the AT, as well as after it, we saw the many wild ponies that call Mt. Rogers home. They were majestic, and also really cute. Took some pics and then continued up the AT, hopping another gate, and then wove up and around several rocky knobs and outcroppings.

At the 2 mile mark, we entered the first real section of woods on the hike. After passing by and visiting the Thomas Knob shelter, we were out in the open again. Shortly after, we veered onto the Mt. Rogers side trail and took it 0.5 mi to the wooded summit. It was on this section that we saw the first notable sections of snow and ice.

Once on the top, we hung out for a bit, took some video and pics, celebrated with food and Bud Light, then headed back down the way we came. Once back, we dropped the packs, made a quick run to Big Pinnacle, then drove back to the hotel in Marion.

10 down, 40 to go!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1300 ft / 395 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1300 ft / 396 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1079 ft / 328 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Rhododendron Gap Trail, AT, Mt. Rogers side path
    Start Trailhead:Massie Gap  4650 ft / 1417 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1300 ft / 396 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1079 ft / 329 m; Extra: 221 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:221 ft / 67 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Rhododendron Gap Trail, AT, Mt. Rogers side path
    End Trailhead:Massie Gap  4650 ft / 1417 m



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