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Ascent of Wade Mountain on 2011-01-06

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:SOLO
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Wade Mountain
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:1540 ft / 469 m

Ascent Trip Report

Business trip to Hunstville. Meeting started at 10:00 AM. Got up at 5AM packed took crampons in case it was icey (rained day before and was supposed ot get down to 26F) but once again I was not able to use them (not needed). Made the trail at 6AM was too dark to start so I put on boots ate quick breakfast and left at daybreak in the overcast fog around 6:30 AM was down by 8:15. Back at the hotel and showered/shaved arrived in the office by 9AM

Hike was uneventful. Not many views despite the prominence and only from power easement. White Oak, red oak, some maples and lots of juniper-cedars. Saw lots of big Alabama deer once again startling them and them flashing thier flags. One noisy barred owl.

Summit no views and I overshot the summit and descended around 40 feet beyond before confirming I had topped out. The trail is not steep and meanders giving some extra gain in 5 to 10 foot bumps estimated at 80 feet each way.

Trail was very muddy and I still have not been able to get the clay out of my nice new alpine boots.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:960 ft / 292 m
    Total Elevation Loss:960 ft / 292 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
31F at start around 37F at end
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:840 ft / 256 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 760 ft / 232 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Devil's Racetrack to Mount Wade Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot Nature Conservency Mount Wade Conserva  780 ft / 237 m
    Time:60 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:880 ft / 268 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 760 ft / 232 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:parking  780 ft / 237 m
    Time:40 Minutes



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