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Ascent of Ball 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:Ball Mountain
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:3640 ft / 1109 m

Ascent Trip Report

Coming down from Springer Mountain, I headed down the Benton MacKaye trail. When My USGS map and GPS showed I was not following the trail shown on the USGS map I abandoned the trail and started to bushwhack. I should have stayed on trail, as it turns out, the trail has simply been relocated a bit. After a short stint of being torn up by blackberry, I intersected back on the Benton MacKaye trail and was no longer being ripped up. The trail does not take you to the summit, you have to head up another short bushwhack. There is no view. Simply another peakbagger destination. I chose not go back and loop along the Benton MacKaye trail. I simply bushwhacked back to the gravel road and then headed swiftly back to the car parked at the AT parking lot and then set my sights on one more easy peak nearby.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Total Elevation Loss:354 ft / 107 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Benton MacKaye to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  3560 ft / 1085 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:354 ft / 107 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 324 ft / 99 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:bushwhack to parking
    End Trailhead:saddle between peaks  3316 ft / 1010 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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