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Ascent of Rabun Bald on 2012-06-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rabun Bald
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:4696 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 4 drive up County HPs finally a hike. We parked at Beegum Gap and ascended the Bartram Trail. It is steep in places but a well maintained class 1+ trail. At the top there is a 20 foot stone tower that affords great views of all the surrounding mountains and wilderness. One of the better views in GA. Nice CHP and hike. Great tower with lots of room and we had it to ourselves. Then Karen and I went off to climb another peak on the GA 4k list and headed down the south ridge line.

Geology and Flora Notes: Found many interesting rocks loaded with micas (large flakes of muscovite and smaller flakes of biotite). Some were granitic igneous and others metamorphic shistz. The igneous rocks were very black with biotite and other dark minerals like hornblende. 1.2 miles to summit with small camp site with many rocks at 0.7 miles of peak.

Left car: 10:43 AM
Summitted: 11:27
68F
Left Summitt 11:42
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1066 ft / 324 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1016 ft / 309 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1+ steep
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
beautiful weather and 68F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1066 ft / 324 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1046 ft / 319 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Bartram Tr
    Start Trailhead:Beegum Gap  3650 ft / 1112 m
    Time:44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:996 ft / 303 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Batram Tr
    End Trailhead:Saltrock Gap  3700 ft / 1127 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Rabun

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Rabun Bald2012-06-03 b1066 ft / 325 m
2Flat Top2012-06-03 c414 ft / 126 m
3Flint Knob East2012-06-03 d700 ft / 213 m
4Rabun Bald2012-06-03 e416 ft / 127 m
5Chimneytop Mountain2012-06-03 f1143 ft / 348 m
6Brasstown Bald2012-06-03 g424 ft / 129 m
Total Trip Gain: 4163 ft / 1268 m    Total Trip Loss: 4163 ft / 1268 m



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