Ascent of Grassy Ridge Bald on 2013-01-02
|Others in Party:||Daniel Musser|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 2, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Grassy Ridge Bald|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6160 ft / 1877 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked car at the AT TH parking and started at 3:10PM. It was 28 degrees out and very icy in the parking lot. We summitted this NC HP and 6k peak at 4:10 and was down at 5:10 total trip.
We did this as our first winter NC hike. I wanted to check out and use our new snowshoes and crampons but we lost a pair of microspikes on the way up from FL. Then, my son left his mountaineering boots at home. Ughhh. We decided to traverse the ridge line and enjoy the bald views and snow. The snow was wind whipped and icey and there was a lot of ice in some places. The ladies borrowed the microspikes each and I chose not to use the crampons so I could gauge our safety since Daniel was without anything. The snow was not right for snowshoes.Daniel and moved very quickly on our own and left the ladies back at Round Bald. They made it to Jane Bald. We all met back up at the car.
The steeper incline of Jane Bald has some ice on rock that was tricky but we made it the CHP and back without incident. Went back and purcahsed some extra spikes and we will see how tommorrow goes.
The views off of the AT ridge are superior in this section of TN-NC.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||410 ft / 124 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||110 ft / 33 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, Low Clouds|
| Gain on way in:||410 ft / 124 m|
| Distance:||0.7 mi / 1.1 km|
| Route:||Spur Trail off AT|
| Start Trailhead:||Saddle between Round and Jane Bald 5750 ft / 1752 m|
| Loss on way out:||110 ft / 33 m|
| Distance:||0.3 mi / 0.5 km|
| End Trailhead:||Saddle 6050 ft / 1844 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Grassy Bald|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1288 ft / 393 m Total Trip Loss: 1288 ft / 393 m
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