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Ascent of Spruce Knob on 2017-05-27

Climber: Brian Molloy

Date:Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Spruce Knob
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:4861 ft / 1481 m

Ascent Trip Report

I have been living in Pittsburgh for two years now and as such I have
been scouting out local places to go and fun things to do, whenever we
move to a new city we come up with a "while we live here bucket list"
and one of the items on my list was to complete the three close by high
points. I did the Pennsylvania high point last
year but since the three local ones were all drive ups there was little
incentive to head out to do them. Then one day while riding my bike
home from work, I thought hey if I can ride my bike up the drive up it
adds a bit of a challenge and so the planning began. I did a quick
google search and found a great resource for this ride. Link Here
and I convinced a friend of mine to go along. It turned out to be a
great way to experience a high point that otherwise didn't have a lot of
appeal. The bonus was that with over 3,000' of climbing on a bike you
really felt like you earned it when you hit the top.
We started out driving around 5:30 am from Pittsburgh and got to the
starting point about 3.5 hours later. The weather wasn't supposed to
be the best that day but the forecast showed highs in the 60's with rain
in the morning that should stop by 6am well before we planned to
start. However, at 9 am the rain was still falling in a steady drizzle
and the temp was more like high 40's. The low temperatures actually
felt nice during the climb though. The first four miles are steep
averaging between 7.6% and 8.3% grade but after that it leveled off a
bit and went into a much more manageable climb.

We hit the summit after a little over an hour and 40 minutes of
climbing, took a few quick photos and hit the descent. By the time we
got to the top the winds had started picking up, the clouds rolled in
and there was no view to speak of so we had little incentive to stay at
the top for long.

The
descent was fast! It was probably the fastest I have ever been on a
bicycle, at several points I hit over 40 mph. As far as high points go,
I absolutely plan on doing more of the drive ups by bike.
you can read more about this to include pictures and a more detailed write up on my blog here
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:7934 ft / 2417 m
    Distance:25.8 mi / 41.5 km
    Trailhead:-3073 ft / -936 m
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:34 Minutes



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