Ascent of Mount Davis on 2010-11-17

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:SOLO
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Davis
    Elevation:3213 ft / 979 m

Ascent Trip Report

Third peak of the day. Well at least HP of the day. It was very cold and windy and nobody did the state HP the day i was out there. I drove up to see the main parking, HP and tower area and still nobody. I did not want to do a "drive up" highpointing when there was good elevation and excercise to be i went down road to the YMCA camp and found a friendly groundskeeper who told me i could park at their horse stables and follow their property to the top.

I took his advise and followed the t-bar up hill to a steep plateau of trees and then kept bearing N till I ran into the last part of the paved road (S. Wolf Rock Rd) to the parking lot. The bushwacking was class 1 and 2 in steeper areas. At the tower the wind was 25mph constant with gusts up to 35-40 and made the tower climb a bit un-nerving and it tried to push you off the ladder. 39 degrees out. The front was still moving through so the visibility was not great. No rain at least - just cloudy and gray out. I was too cold to stay up and look around. Retraced steps and then on the Maryland HP.

I looked around the stones, plackards, and other things and found no sign in log. Bummer. The tower is over 50 above the ground.
Not a particuarly spectacular state HP but at least i had 3 HPs done this morning already, was over 1000 feet of vertical (in terms of excercise) and this "peak" gives me #13 on the state HP list and nearly completes my "Martin Luther King - I have a dream list"

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:557 ft / 169 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
39F windy and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:557 ft / 169 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 507 ft / 155 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:BM to T bar to Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:YMCA horse stables  2706 ft / 824 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:same  
Ascent Part of Trip: PA-MA Highpoints

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Laurel Hill2010-11-17 a234 ft / 71 m
2Laurel Hill-Radio Tower2010-11-17 b320 ft / 98 m
3Mount Davis2010-11-17 c557 ft / 170 m
4Backbone Mountain2010-11-17 d730 ft / 223 m
Total Trip Gain: 1841 ft / 562 m    Total Trip Loss: 820 ft / 250 m

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