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Ascent of Hightop Mountain on 2007-07-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hightop Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3587 ft / 1093 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day #69 --- GENEROUS EXPERIENCE
T good, moved at a good pace. Burrito/egg sandwich lunch at Lewis campground, left my bag behind and went over to the Lewis (abt 1 mile RT) summit. Walked Skyline Drive, Milam gap/Big Meadows, for dinner and an "AMAZING GENEROUS EXPERIENCE". I was sitting in the restaurant, just finished ordering my dinner when a guy came up to me, feeling bad & apologizing for not picking me up when he passed me on the road ???
He was from New Jersey and was w his wife & teenaged daughter. After they left, the waitress informed me that the guy PAID FOR MY MEAL including the tip !! unbelievable beautiful Americans !! Called Rose before continuing on to the shelter.
Huge girl group w 2 leaders tenting near the hut. Jim Tomlin, ATC worker, in to inspect the cabin - doing the whole park.

"LIFE NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN A VICARIOUS EXPERIENCE."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:412 ft / 125 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:412 ft / 125 m
    Distance:23.9 mi / 38.5 km
    Route:AT day #69 nb-hightop hut/rock spring hut
    Start Trailhead:hightop hut  3175 ft / 967 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:AT nb to saddleback mtn
    End Trailhead:rock spring hut  



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