Ascent of Mount Rogers on 2016-10-08

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Maried
Date:Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at the trailhead in Grayson Highlands around 11 am, somewhat uncertain whether we would make the attempt as the edge of hurricane Matthew was causing lots of precipitation and winds. But we hurriedly donned rain gear and began the odyssey. We were greeted by wild ponies, who were perhaps maybe not that wild because they blocked the trail, and did not seem afraid. Gingerly stepping around we continued on up the Rhododendron trail until it connected with the Appalachian trail. The rain was not severe, just kind of a constant mist, with bursts of wind to keep Maried's poncho flapping, and fortunately temperature was not overly cold. The trail wound up through lots of rocks and meadows, which were very beautiful. The ponies appear to keep the grass closely cropped, it almost looked like a golf green in many places. At about mile 3.5 the trail passes a shelter that was full of backpackers getting out of the rain. I was surprised with how many people were on the trail despite the rain, hadn't really expected that. We eventually reached the top, a wooded area with a tower of rocks marking the high point. Nobody there at first. We paused briefly to enjoy a refreshment of excellent mixed nuts, and a second couple came up. They had never heard of highpointing, but were curious about it. Don't know if they are converted, Rogers was their first. Headed down and were met by more rain and wind, but fortunately not all that cold, so enjoyable, even though we got soaked to the skin.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1069 ft / 325 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Trailhead:Grayson Highlands  4660 ft / 1420 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 1 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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