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Ascent of South Marshall on 2017-03-26

Climber: John Kriz

Date:Sunday, March 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Marshall
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3212 ft / 979 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike is in the northern most section of Shenandoah National Park and ascends Compton Peak where there is a unique rock formation called Columnar Jointing. I’ve included some links below describing the formation. The hike to visit the formation is 2.4 miles round trip and has 835 feet of elevation gain to hike. The parking is very good at mile marker 10.5 and the hike well worth it just to visit the rock formation. The hike guide can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/upload/Compton-Gap-Trail-Map.pdf
We ended up hiking all the way to Gravel Springs Hut to stay the night. In doing so, we summited South and North Marshall Peaks. There were three section hikers there working on their 1000+ miles and also a Scout troop doing some training hikes for a larger hike later in the year. I’ll just post a link to the video of the shelter from the other day (Friday) as it looks exactly the same as then… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68do2KuxCjs
On the way back, we decided to track down a spring that is listed in some of the guides on Hogwallow Flat. We blew right by it on our way in and wished we had seen it because it was hot and we drank up all our water. The water at Ginger Spring at Tom Floyd Wayside Shelter is also pretty sad, so this spring may be one that people are counting on finding! After paying close attention along the way, we found a suspicious looking rock pile that did turn out to be the spring. The spring is at the end of the video for those interested in just that part.
Hogwallow Spring coordinates: N38° 47.042' W78° 11.629'
Compton Spring Coordinates: N38° 48.966' W78° 10.632'
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columnar_jointing
https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/greenstone.htm
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Windy, White-out
Foggy
Ascent Part of Trip: Compton to Gravel Springs (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Compton Peak2017-03-26 
2North Marshall2017-03-26 
3South Marshall2017-03-26 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by John Kriz
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