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Ascent of Whites Peak on 2020-03-28

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whites Peak
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2896 ft / 882 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking is available at either Whites Gap or a bit further south at the Whites Gap Overlook, which is where I parked. On the west side of the Parkway at Whites Gap, a forest road heads downhill. I followed that to the curve marked with BM 2451 at Chestnut Sag. From there the rest of the way is a bushwhack, although there's a faint trail much of the way... animal, or old use trail? Headed west to the subpeak that's south of the main peak, then due north. It seems to be easiest to stay more or less right on the ridgeline. Nice rocky summit with an obvious benchmark and some views this time of year (leaves aren't out yet).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:952 ft / 289 m
    Extra Gain:310 ft / 94 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Fire road, SE and S ridge
    Trailhead:Whites Gap Overlook  2564 ft / 781 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy
Some haze. Warm!
Ascent Part of Trip: Whites Peak + (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Whites Peak2020-03-28952 ft / 290 m
2Peak 27802020-03-28190 ft / 58 m
Total Trip Gain: 1142 ft / 348 m    Total Trip Loss: 1142 ft / 348 m



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