Ascent of Chestnut Bald on 2012-08-07

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chestnut Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived at the saddle between Chestnut Bald and Silvermine Bald via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from the west. Near the west end of the saddle, found a faint trail that headed towards the top. Followed this a ways until it faded, then bushwhacked our way to the top. Bushwhack was not as severe as some reports have suggested it might be, but the summit area is fairly heavily vegetated and deciding where the top is can be interesting. Returned to trail and headed over Silvermine Bald and down to FR 816 in the rain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:590 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 3 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Overcast
thunder, rain began after returning to trail from summit bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:590 ft / 179 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 580 ft / 176 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Start Trailhead:5420 ft / 1652 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Sam Knob & Chestnut Bald

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sam Knob2012-08-07350 ft / 107 m
2Chestnut Bald2012-08-07590 ft / 180 m
Total Trip Gain: 940 ft / 287 m    Total Trip Loss: 140 ft / 43 m

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