Ascent of Cooks Wall on 2018-12-19

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cooks Wall
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2380 ft / 725 m

Ascent Trip Report

My 3rd Peak in the HRSP Peak Challenge.

After summiting Moores Knob and Huckleberry Ridge on the west side of the Park, I descended sharply into a saddle where the Lake Trail and the Cooks Wall connector Trail parted ways. Swallowing an orange goo package and Gatorade, I ascended steeply to the southern ridge of the Park. Turning west, I reached the craggy rock outcropping of Cooks Wall just to the left of the trail.

Great views, but watch your step as the outcrop is sharp and steep and the drop off precipitous. Just me and a bald eagle to celebrate. On the way down, I stood toe to toe with 2 does who seemed less scared of me than I of them. They snorted and walked off. I was clearly in their territory and not vice versa. Just another reminder of the animal hierarchy in this part of the State.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Maintained Trail, Bushwhack  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy

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