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Ascent of Bald Face Mountain on 2020-09-18

Climber: Mike Stinson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, September 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Face Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a foggy morning in the mountains. I bushwhacked east from the Bald Face Mountain Overlook to intersect the AT, followed that northeast to the summit area, then bushwhacked east to find the actual summit. The summit is not distinct; the top of the mountain is rather flat. The true summit appears to be east of the point currently marked on Peakbagger and close to (or on) the county line as marked on the USGS topo. Bushwhacked back down, staying on the AT a little longer before heading back towards the overlook, but this was not a better route than the one I took up. Depending on which path you choose, some small cliffs might get in the way, and today there were plenty of nettles... glad I had on long pants.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:258 ft / 78 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:southwest slope
    Trailhead:Bald Face Mountain Overlook  3342 ft / 1018 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Low Clouds
foggy, damp
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes



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