Ascent of Norton City High Point on 2012-08-11

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Norton City High Point
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

So, the road alluded to in the report from Mike Schwartz (FR 238C) is now gated for motorized travel, but says that foot travel is welcome. No problem. I quickly made my way down the road 1.2 miles to just before a very overgrown gate on the left. From here, I cut straight up the hill to the ridgeline. This was the worst bushwhacking of the entire trip, but only lasted a few minutes. I would consider that pretty good for east coast highpointing in August. When I arrived at the ridge, I was faced with a dilemma - look for the property boundary up to my left or down to my right. As luck would have it, I took 2 steps to the right and nearly tripped over the cairn and sign. The metal pole that previously held the forest service sign has fallen over but the sign is propped up against the cairn. I took a few pictures and still decided to head a few hundred feet in each direction just to ensure that I really got the HP as the map indicates a small gap between the forest boundary and city boundary. I went down first and then up so that I would be headed in the correct direction to cut back down to the road. I then made a quick retreat along FR 238C to my car.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:220 ft / 67 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:220 ft / 67 m
    Extra Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route:FR 238C to east slope
    Trailhead:3840 ft / 1170 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: VA Peakbagging 2012

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Elliott Knob2012-08-10 a
2Hogback2012-08-10 b
3Chestnut Ridge2012-08-11 a
4South Balsam Beartown2012-08-11 b
5Balsam Beartown Mountain2012-08-11 c
6Big A Mountain2012-08-11 d
7High Knob2012-08-11 e
8Norton City High Point2012-08-11 f
9Camp Rock-South Slope2012-08-11 g
10Camp Rock2012-08-11 h
11Black Mountain2012-08-11 i
12Little Black Mountain-Lee County High Point2012-08-11 j
13The Doubles2012-08-11 k
14Mount Rogers2012-08-12 a
15Whitetop Mountain2012-08-12 b
16Apple Orchard Mountain2012-08-12 c
17Thunder Ridge Wilderness High Point2012-08-12 d
18Rocky Mountain2012-08-12 e
19Pompey Mountain2012-08-12 f
20Mount Pleasant2012-08-12 g

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