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Ascent of Bald Knob on 2019-06-20

Climber: Ariel Jacala

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, June 20, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Knob
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access Notes: See Cole Mountain access notes. To the summit Bald Knob is a hike of 1.4 miles on the AT with 582 feet of elevation gain according to my USGS map. However, there are many more switchbacks that I took and reflected on my actual GPS track than what is on the map with a more plausible distance of 2 miles measured by my GPS. Most of the trail to the summit is under heavy tree cover with only a couple of windows with great views.

The track from the SOTA database downloaded to my GPS shows a more direct ascent

My actual GPX track shows a hike length of 2 miles from Cole Mountain summit to Bald Knob

Activation Notes:
Continuing on from Cole Mountain, I found more switchbacks on the actual trail than what I have downloaded onto my handheld GPS. I traversed more miles on foot – totaling 2 miles by the time I reached Bald Knob summit.
The summit itself is on the AT and tree covered but there are enough open areas to easily set up an antenna.
The AT is very well maintained and the footing was quite secure all the way to the summit. The going did get a steeper as I approached the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1018 ft / 310 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1018 ft / 310 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:768 ft / 234 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 518 ft / 158 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:37.75960, -79.19525  3522 ft / 1073 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:768 ft / 234 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 518 ft / 158 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    End Trailhead:37.7401, -79.2234  3522 ft / 1073 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Bald Knob

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
2Bald Knob2019-06-201018 ft / 310 m
Total Trip Gain: 1018 ft / 310 m    Total Trip Loss: 1018 ft / 310 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ariel Jacala
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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