Ascent of Balsam Beartown Mountain on 2012-05-05

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Ken Oeser
Rickey Shortt
John Hamann
Charles Zerphey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Beartown Mountain
    Elevation:4710 ft / 1435 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed the 2006 route of Mike Schwartz through the Moore Brothers Farm. This is private and posted land, but you should be able to get permission if you ask around in Burkes Garden. Respect private property.

The hike crosses wide-open pastures with great views for the first 2.3 miles to the swag, and then climbs steeply through open woods onto the summit ridge. We found the RM under the trees, but the actual BM remains hidden.

We had our own chapter meeting of the COHP Century Club on the summit, with a total of well over 1800 COHPs represented. As best as I can tell, the Tazewell COHP was the 776th for Ken Oeser, 576th for Charlie Zerphey (as he completed the VA COHP list), and 211th for John Hamann. It was a repeat climb but a new route for Rick Shortt, who has 177.

Bringing up the rear in more ways than one, this was my 106th COHP and 28th in Virginia.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1670 ft / 508 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1670 ft / 508 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1630 ft / 496 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1590 ft / 485 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Pastures, then ridgeline
    Start Trailhead:Litz Lane  3120 ft / 950 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1630 ft / 496 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1590 ft / 485 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    End Trailhead:Litz Lane  3120 ft / 950 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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