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Ascent of Peak 2540 on 2020-05-07

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 2540
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2540 ft / 774 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a gorgeous afternoon for a hike -- sunny, warm, and a light breeze. I parked along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Curry Gap, where a gated forest road leads away from the parkway in both directions. The first part of this hike was the hardest: directly uphill along the southeast ridge of Peak 2540. I more or less followed the ridge crest, more west at first and then more north, to the top. The top is a small, fairly distinct ridgeline marked with rock outcrops. I walked along these and tagged all that had a reasonable chance of being the highpoint, then headed down to the Appalachian Trail, which is only a few meters away to the north. Once on the trail I headed south (generally southwest actually) towards my second goal for the day, Fullhart Knob--East Peak (see separate trip report).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:560 ft / 170 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:southeast ridge
    Trailhead:Blue Ridge Parkway / Salt Pond Rd. jct.  1980 ft / 603 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
beautiful
Ascent Part of Trip: Fullhart Knob East Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 25402020-05-07 a560 ft / 171 m
2Fullhart Knob-East Peak2020-05-07 b755 ft / 230 m
Total Trip Gain: 1315 ft / 401 m    Total Trip Loss: 1315 ft / 401 m



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