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Ascent of Springer Mountain on 2018-05-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Springer Mountain
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:3782 ft / 1152 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road up to the standard parking lot for the AT hikers was freshly graded so a very nice ride up to park. I had little time and it was supposed to rain later so I busted up the white AT and easily found the summit. There was only one view off this 1000k prominence peak but there was too much overcast for good views. There are some interesting markers on the summit for the start of the AT journey. One is from the 1934. On the way down, I headed down the Benton MacKaye Trail hoping to grab another extra credit peak. The trail does NOT follow the USGS trail (it has been moved), not realizing that, I headed off on a bushwhack at the marker sign of Benton MacKaye and ended up finding the trail later on down slope. See TR for Ball Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:452 ft / 137 m
    Total Elevation Loss:312 ft / 95 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Overcast
humid 75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:402 ft / 122 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:AT parking lot for Springer  3380 ft / 1030 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:312 ft / 95 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 262 ft / 80 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:AT to Benton Mackaye Trail
    End Trailhead:3520 ft / 1072 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Atlanta-7

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Rottenwood Creek Hill 9352018-05-22 a370 ft / 113 m
2West Palisades CRNRA HP 10202018-05-22 b275 ft / 84 m
3Mount Wilkinson2018-05-22 c285 ft / 87 m
4Springer Mountain2018-05-24 a452 ft / 138 m
5Ball Mountain2018-05-24 b110 ft / 34 m
6Rich Mountain2018-05-24 c219 ft / 67 m
7Mount Oglethorpe2018-05-24 d718 ft / 219 m
10Sanderlin Mountain2018-05-24 e100 ft / 30 m
Total Trip Gain: 2529 ft / 772 m    Total Trip Loss: 2164 ft / 660 m



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