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Ascent of Shining Rock on 2012-08-05

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shining Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Shining Rock Gap, took the Old Butt Knob Trail a short distance then bushwhacked alongside the wall of exposed whitish stone towards the top. After a little ways ran out of trail and ended up bushwhacking through some mountain laurel towards the top. Not recommended; instead, stay on the trail longer than we did, watching for a small open area with a side trail leading away (on the left when ascending from the gap) where the trail turns towards the east after ascending for some ways. Follow this fairly obvious trail towards the top. We descended this way and returned to the parking area where we'd started via the Ivestor Gap Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:260 ft / 79 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Start Trailhead:5740 ft / 1749 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Four SB6K peaks in the Great Balsams (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
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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