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Ascent of Dripping Spring Mountain on 2010-12-19

Climber: Rob Carter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dripping Spring Mountain
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:4801 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

The route to the summit is not the rocky manway so many claim to take to the top. The true summit is about 400 yards further down the ridge line. Although the trail starts a slow descent, it is obvious that the ridge line gains elevation. (It is also easier to determine with a GPS!) A moderate bushwack led to a a narrow summit ridge with serious exposure to the NE. Waist high snow and a wind ladden cornice may have added to my assessment of the exposure. Tight rhodos on the crest with an obvious hump. X marks the spot
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:396 ft / 120 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Miry Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Jakes Gap  4405 ft / 1342 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Bivouac
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Bent Arm (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Blanket Mountain2010-12-192209 ft / 673 m
2Dripping Spring Mountain2010-12-19396 ft / 121 m
3Bent Arm2010-12-19126 ft / 38 m
Total Trip Gain: 2731 ft / 832 m    Total Trip Loss: 2731 ft / 832 m



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