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Ascent of Rich Mountain Bald on 2019-08-29

Climber: William Sanderson

Date:Thursday, August 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rich Mountain Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5583 ft / 1701 m

Ascent Trip Report

Plan was to ascend from Sugar Creek Gap via the ridgeline, but that entire area was cut/burned several years ago and is now neck-high in briars. I drove back down 4665 and stopped at what appeared to be the closest approach to the summit past the cutover area.
UTM317493mE 3907450mN
Bushwhacked up to the ridge, then proceeded east to the summit. Over 900 feet in elevation gain on this bushwhack...not for the faint of heart. Hoped to locate a trail along the ridge but no luck. Intermittent open walking and wading through laurels, briars, and beech.
Located summit, and someone had left a bit of orange flagging in the tree that seems to be on the peak of the summit. Was planning on continuing on to Charley Bald but the terrain, what I could see of it, seemed really tough and very overgrown, so I opted to wait and approach Charley on another day, from the north.
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