Ascent of Black Balsam Knob on 2012-08-05

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
Anna Stinson
Tanya Stinson
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Black Balsam Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6214 ft / 1894 m

Ascent Trip Report

First of four SB6K peaks climbed on this date from the parking lot at the end of FR 816. Ascended via Art Loeb Spur Trail (eroded, and a bit weedy this time of year) to Art Loeb Trail and then to summit. The summit area is quite open and provided great views. A memorial plaque in honor of Art Loeb is attached to a rock near the summit. Apparently the Art Loeb Trail has been rerouted, since some maps show it bypassing the summit to the west, and a trail could be seen going in that direction. If the Art Loeb Trail is not currently the one going over the summit, then the Art Loeb memorial is not on the Art Loeb Trail. From the top, we continued north on (what I assume is) the Art Loeb Trail towards Tennent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:434 ft / 132 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:434 ft / 132 m
    Start Trailhead:5780 ft / 1761 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Four SB6K peaks in the Great Balsams (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Black Balsam Knob2012-08-05434 ft / 132 m
2Tennent Mountain2012-08-05155 ft / 47 m
3Grassy Cove Top2012-08-05350 ft / 107 m
4Shining Rock2012-08-05260 ft / 79 m
Total Trip Gain: 1199 ft / 365 m

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