Ascent of Grassy Ridge Bald on 2013-01-02

Climber: William Musser

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 Report

Parked 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
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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