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Ascent of Round Bald on 2013-01-02

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Daniel Musser <1846>; Sarah Musser
Date:Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Round Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5800 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dissapointed that most of the BRP was closed for ice and wanting to try out my new snow shoes or last year's crampons, we took the state road that splits Carver Gap from NC - TN border and found the AT parking lot open but very icey. My son, however as it turns out forgot to bring his alpine boots so he could not use his new campons. Great!

It was very cold out 28 degrees F and late in the day so, temperature dropping and all the trails had iced over. We did not have enough microspikes for all so Sarah and Karen took those and Daniel and hoofed it in boots. The trail up this particular segment is easy. Relatively flat class 1 and follows an asphalt paved portion of the AT. It is bald on the top and 5800 feet so excellent views. We all enjoyed this small summit but sun was going to set soon so the ladies encouraged us to bounce over 2 peaks and grab the CHP and they would follow at their own pace.

Sweet! Daniel and took off for Jane and Grassy Bald in a burst.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:288 ft / 87 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
28F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:288 ft / 87 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:Carver Gap Parking Lot, TN  5512 ft / 1680 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    End Trailhead:Saddle with Jane Bald  5620 ft / 1712 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Grassy Bald

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Round Bald2013-01-02 b288 ft / 88 m
2Jane Bald2013-01-02 c180 ft / 55 m
3Grassy Ridge Bald2013-01-02 d410 ft / 125 m
4Grassy Ridge2013-01-02 e70 ft / 21 m
5Grassy Ridge Bald2013-01-02 f110 ft / 34 m
6Jane Bald2013-01-02 g50 ft / 15 m
7Round Bald2013-01-02 h180 ft / 55 m
Total Trip Gain: 1288 ft / 393 m    Total Trip Loss: 1288 ft / 393 m



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