Ascent to Rough Butt Bald-Activation Zone for SOTA on 2019-02-14

Climber: Ariel Jacala

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2019
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Rough Butt Bald - Activation Zone for SOTA
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5892 ft / 1795 m

Ascent Trip Report

I proceeded to Rough Butt Bald just a few kilometers from Black Balsam on the BRP to a pullout at Bearpen Gap. I re-read the description that Patrick KI4SVM had written and found the MST on the north side of the parking area. I followed Patrick’s suggestion to approach it from the left. There were some large fallen trees on the left side and I had to skirt them by either wandering to the open areas on the right covered in briars and to left into the steep side of the ridge. After much zigzagging up the ridge, I entered the “activation zone” which is the area 25m of vertical or less from the summit proper. I did not go into the very summit. There were thorny areas on the way there and I did not need to do it for the SOTA activation to be valid. I made my required radio contacts and proceeded back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:323 ft / 98 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Trailhead:35.32133, -82.96521  5569 ft / 1697 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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