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Ascent of Big Tom on 2009-10-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Solo
Date:Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Tom
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6560 ft / 1999 m

Ascent Trip Report

Descided there was still enough time to sprint over to Big Tom and still get back to the car with Karen in time for dinner but had to leave her behind sunning herself on a rock overlooking the Valley off of Mount Craig. I jogged the peak and back in only a few minutes. The trail far less used than the trail to Craig - thus, was a fun run with lots of natural obstacles in the way. The summit has far less views than Craig. Each peak along this ridge appears to have a marker paying tribute to the person it was named after. Touched the plaque and raced back to Craig.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:430 ft / 130 m
    Total Elevation Loss:430 ft / 130 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Wonderful day sunny and cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:390 ft / 118 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 350 ft / 107 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Deep Gap Trail
    Start Trailhead:6210 ft / 1892 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:390 ft / 118 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 350 ft / 107 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:6210 ft / 1892 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Mitchell

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Hallback2009-10-07 c249 ft / 76 m
2Mount Mitchell2009-10-07 d754 ft / 230 m
3Mount Craig2009-10-07 e377 ft / 115 m
4Big Tom2009-10-07 f430 ft / 131 m
5Mount Craig2009-10-07 g497 ft / 151 m
6Mount Mitchell-TH jctn. Old Mt.Mitchell Tr.2009-10-07 h570 ft / 174 m
Total Trip Gain: 2877 ft / 877 m    Total Trip Loss: 2877 ft / 876 m



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