Ascent of Blue Mountain-Northampton County High Point on 2013-02-21

Climber: Ethan Myers

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Mountain-Northampton County High Point
    Elevation:1695 ft / 516 m

Ascent Trip Report

Came up via the regular A.T. northbound from Wind Gap. As others have stated turns into quite a steep trail and exposed at times which makes for fun when it also was covered in a sheet of fresh ice not to bad with crampons on except over the unexposed parts on the climb up. After reaching the ridgeline of course a cake walk. Followed service tower to summit area where I stopped for a break. Followed the gravel road Old A.T. which is still blazed on almost all the electrical poles on the road down. Had a service truck pass me by going up and then when it left as I went down the gravel road/Old A.T. path never once stopped me or anything on the way down. Also no trespassing signs on the way down for the road itself just along the sides of the road just stay on the road and you should be fine. Arrived at the final gate and there was an old white blaze on the fence on the left that is browned out a little bit like someone tried and failed to paint over it that I used to get around that. That was the only time I ever saw a no trespassing sign on the trip and that was after getting past the final gate when your in the clear.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:733 ft / 223 m
    Total Elevation Loss:733 ft / 223 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
In the 20's with a windchill in the teens and 1-3 inches of snow on the ground.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:733 ft / 223 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail North Bound
    Start Trailhead:AT Trailhead on PA 512  962 ft / 293 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:733 ft / 223 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Old A.T./gravel road
    End Trailhead:AT Trailhead on PA 512  962 ft / 293 m

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