Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2017-05-21

Climber: Steve Moffitt

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Stayed the previous night at the Double Spring Gap Shelter. I was the first person out at about 06:30. The weather had changed and it was now cold and rainy with gusty winds. I was warned by a SOBO (south bound) hiker the day before that Clingmans Dome was a circus. I arrived on top at about 08:00 on a Sunday and nobody was there. I went up on the observation tower, but there was really nothing to see because the visibility was about 50 meters. I looked at the photos and descriptions of what I would see on a nice day, but didn't stay long as I was getting chilled. The trail from here to Newfound Gap was mostly standing water. I did meet 2 people working on the trail a few miles from Clingmans Dome (that's some dedication). When I got to Newfound Gap, I hitched into Gatlinburg to resupply and take a day off.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Part of Trip: Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Ramrock Mountain2017-05-07 
 Blood Mountain2017-05-08 
 Levelland Mountain2017-05-09 
 Wolf Laurel Top2017-05-09 
 Cowrock Mountain2017-05-09 
 Poor Mountain2017-05-09 
 Sheep Rock Top2017-05-09 
 Blue Mountain2017-05-10 
 Rocky Mountain2017-05-10 
 Tray Mountain2017-05-10 
 As Knob2017-05-12 
 Standing Indian2017-05-13 
 Albert Mountain2017-05-14 
 Siler Bald2017-05-16 
 Wayah Bald2017-05-16 
 Rocky Bald2017-05-17 
 Wesser Bald2017-05-17 
 Cheoah Bald2017-05-18 
 Doe Knob2017-05-19 
 Rocky Top2017-05-20 
 Thunderhead Mountain2017-05-20 
 Silers Bald2017-05-21 
 Clingmans Dome2017-05-21 
 Mount Collins2017-05-21 
 Laurel Top2017-05-23 
 Charlies Bunion2017-05-23 
 Mount Cammerer2017-05-24 
 West Wildcat Top2017-05-25 
 Max Patch Mountain2017-05-25 
 Bluff Mountain2017-05-25 
 Big Firescald Knob2017-05-28 
 Little Bald2017-05-29 
 Big Bald2017-05-29 
 High Rocks2017-05-29 
 Beauty Spot2017-05-31 
 Unaka Mountain2017-05-31 
 Round Bald2017-06-01 
 Jane Bald2017-06-01 
 Little Hump Mountain2017-06-02 
 Hump Mountain2017-06-02 
 Bear Mountain2017-06-05 
 Mount Rogers2017-06-11 
 McAfee Knob2017-06-20 
 Bluff Mountain2017-06-24 
 Three Ridges2017-06-27 
 Humpback Rocks2017-06-28 
 Turk Mountain2017-06-30 
 High Point2017-07-26 
 Mount Bushnell2017-08-05 
 Mount Greylock2017-08-11 
 Mount Williams2017-08-12 
 Glastenbury Mountain2017-08-15 
 Stratton Mountain2017-08-15 
 Bromley Mountain2017-08-19 
 Styles Peak2017-08-19 
 Killington Peak2017-08-21 
 Smarts Mountain2017-08-27 
 Mount Cube2017-08-27 
 Mount Moosilauke2017-08-28 
 South Kinsman Mountain2017-08-29 
 North Kinsman Mountain2017-08-29 
 Mount Lincoln2017-08-31 
 Mount Lafayette2017-08-31 
 Mount Garfield2017-08-31 
 South Twin2017-09-01 
 Mount Guyot2017-09-01 
 Zealand Mountain2017-09-01 
 Mount Webster2017-09-02 
 Mount Jackson2017-09-02 
 Mount Pierce2017-09-02 
 Mount Washington2017-09-02 
 Wildcat Mountain2017-09-05 
 South Carter Mountain2017-09-06 
 Middle Carter Mountain2017-09-06 
 North Carter Mountain2017-09-06 
 Mount Moriah2017-09-06 
 Mount Success2017-09-07 
 Goose Eye Mountain2017-09-08 
 Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak2017-09-08 
 Goose Eye Mountain-North Peak2017-09-08 
 Mahoosuc Arm2017-09-08 
 Old Speck2017-09-08 
 Saddleback Mountain2017-09-13 
 Saddleback Mountain-The Horn2017-09-13 
 Bigelow Mountain2017-09-15 
 Avery Peak2017-09-15 
1Springer Mountain2017-05-05 

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