Ascent of Poor Mountain-Southwest Peak on 2020-07-18

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Poor Mountain-Southwest Peak
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed the road up as in previous reports. There'a brief bushwhack at the top, just a short stroll in the trees, really, to get to the rocks SE of the tower enclosure, which I stayed away from. There's another little bump closer to the fence that might also have a claim to be the highpoint, but in either case the summit appears to be outside the gated area. I hiked up on a warm and humid but otherwise pleasant day -- typical Virginia summer weather. Conditions on this peak matched previous reports, but near the top of Poor Mountain (the main summit), pipeline construction has led to changed conditions. The gate there (not for this peak) was open, but I did not attempt Poor Mountain because workers were in the area. I saw no one while climbing this (southwest) peak. I don't mind having to go back for Poor Mountain on another day since this is a pleasant area to visit once you get away from all the antennas.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:460 ft / 139 m
    Total Elevation Loss:460 ft / 139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Partly Cloudy
hot and humid, mainly clear skies
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:455 ft / 138 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 450 ft / 138 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Loss on way in:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:road (Honeysuckle Road)
    Start Trailhead:3310 ft / 1008 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:455 ft / 138 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 450 ft / 138 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:road (Honeysuckle Road extension)
    End Trailhead:3310 ft / 1008 m

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