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Ascent of Fullhart Knob-East Peak on 2020-05-07

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fullhart Knob-East Peak
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:2670 ft / 813 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Peak 2540 and reaching the Appalachian Trail just north of its summit, I headed south (more southwest, actually) towards this peak. It was a gorgeous hike and the trail is in good shape. I scared a young bear off the trail ahead of me at one point. A little more than halfway there, the trail meets an old road and follows the roadbed the rest of the way. When the trail reaches Fullhart Knob (East) it nearly circles the top, east, north, and then west, as can be seen on a map. I followed the trail/roadbed rather than bushwhacking directly to the summit, and after bushwhacking down (i.e. more or less due east from the summit) I think that was the right move.

What I didn't realize is that the AT shelter shown on some maps as being near the top of this mountain is actually on the top. I bushwhacked over from the trail before realizing this and surprised a rather crusty-looking fellow who was hanging around the shelter when I suddenly materialized in the clearing near the shelter without coming down the trail. He looked at me and said, "where'd you come from?" I didn't linger on top because, frankly, I didn't like his looks. You can see where an old structure -- perhaps a tower -- once stood near the shelter. The shelter itself is only a few feet from the high ground. After the bushwhack east to regain the Appalachain Trail, I hiked back to the highpoint north of the summit of Peak 2540, then crossed that peak and retraced my steps back down to where I'd parked.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:755 ft / 229 m
    Total Elevation Loss:755 ft / 229 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:725 ft / 220 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 145 ft / 44 m; Extra: 580 ft / 176m
    Loss on way in:580 ft / 176 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail, short bushwhack from west
    Start Trailhead:2525 ft / 769 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:175 ft / 53 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 145 ft / 44 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail, short bushwhack from west
    End Trailhead:2525 ft / 769 m
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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