Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2007-08-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Gene
training for pct
Julia doing her daily runs on the trail
Date:Saturday, August 4, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Elevation:2205 ft / 672 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day #73 ... US522, Chester Gap/Rod Hollow Shelter
Back on the AT last evening from Gerry Coutu's funeral in Welland, ON, stayed at Blue Ridge Motel as the other was full.
I dropped Enterprise car off at dealer, they gave me a ride to TH on US522. A good easy/mod TRAIL most of the day, odd rocky section, moved at a good pace, feeling strong.
I made 2 notable side trips ... to Blue Mountain (Fauquier COHP with towers) and to Blue Ridge-Paris Benchmark (Clarke COHP's with 2 areas).
Met/hiked with Gene for a few hours, he's out training for the PCT, which he says is easier than AT. Julia at US50, doing her daily runs on the AT - a good looking, very muscular fit mid-aged women, and I told her so - I think she liked the complement.
Quiet day on the Trail, all alone in the shelter, a long day but feeling good.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1255 ft / 382 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1255 ft / 382 m
    Distance:23.5 mi / 37.8 km
    Route:AT day #73 nb- front royal hotel/rod hollow shelte
    Start Trailhead:US 522, Chester Gap, Front Royal VA  950 ft / 289 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:AT nb to manassas gap south ridge
    End Trailhead:Rod hollow shelter  

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