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Ascent of Peak 3480 on 2020-03-05

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Thursday, March 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 3480
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3480 ft / 1060 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked on the Blue Ridge Parkway just above a road sign and hiked more or less directly up the northwest slope. On the way up, I stayed just south of a drainage that has lots of boulders in it, then followed the relatively flat summit ridge east to the summit. The summit area itself is rather flat. I descended on the other side of the drainage from the one I'd ascended, just for variety, though it was still essentially an "out and back" hike. The entire route that I took is wooded and within the Parkway boundaries. I rated this as a bushwhack, but it's fairly open forest, just a little steep.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:320 ft / 97 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:northwest slope
    Trailhead:Blue Ridge Parkway  3160 ft / 963 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Tye River Gap area peaks

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 34802020-03-05320 ft / 98 m
2Bald Mountain2020-03-05335 ft / 102 m
Total Trip Gain: 655 ft / 200 m    Total Trip Loss: 655 ft / 200 m



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