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Ascent of Balsam Beartown Mountain on 2021-11-20

Climber: Powen Ru

Date:Saturday, November 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Balsam Beartown Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:4710 ft / 1435 m

Ascent Trip Report

- 727 has pavement up to 3240, the last half mile to Walker Gap is passable by any car if dry.
- followed AT to 1st USFS road switch, did not find leaf-buried AT on ascent, followed the forest road till the south of Chestnut Knob, XC to the shelter.
- followed a faint trail behind the privy, had to imagine a path between NF signs (at left) and private posted (at right), till a fence shows up at right.
- followed the fence till a right-angle point (my first ever pb waypoint). I kept my original direction till I found I was heading too much NW, turned back to go with the fence, followed the ridge to get down to Heninger Gap.
- met a hunter near the hut and a white truck, followed the farm/forest road till it getting very faint.
- aimed to a minor saddle to reach another farm/forest road, met another hunter coming from the private property behind the red gate.
- climbed South over Balsam Beartown, then down to the upstream of Roaring Fork.
- after crossed the creek, followed a broad but steep gully to reach SE ridge, met the third hunter of the day.
- followed the moderate SE ridge to higher ground and found a RM on a big flat rock before the summit.
- did not find the main BM, carefully locate the BM location, placed a flat rock on a tree with Y-shape branches.
- after re-tracing back to Heninger Gap, decided to followed a farm road at NE side of Chestnut Knob.
- moments after I left the main farm road to take a grass-covered spur toward Chestnut Ridge, I saw a white truck coming up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3380 ft / 1029 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3380 ft / 1029 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Mud/Swamp, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2308 ft / 703 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1230 ft / 375 m; Extra: 1078 ft / 328m
    Loss on way in:1078 ft / 328 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Walker Gap  3480 ft / 1060 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2302 ft / 701 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1230 ft / 375 m; Extra: 1072 ft / 326m
    Gain on way out:1072 ft / 326 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:SE ridge
    End Trailhead:Walker Gap  3480 ft / 1060 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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