Ascent of Rabun Bald on 2013-05-05

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Sunday, May 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rabun Bald
    Elevation:4696 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rabun Bald Half Marathon-

Signed up for this race on - the field was limited to 50 runners for registration (I got the last spot), but only 35 runners showed up to brave the rain. It had been pouring rain consistently all day on Saturday, and on race day it was no different. Heavy rain for the entire race. Temps around 45-55 F. Not what I had envisioned when I registered for this thing!! Usually May is hot and sunny in GA. Not today.

The course went from this gravel road down to the Bartram Trail, which went right up to the summit of Rabun Bald. A fairly nice trail - if you were hiking and it was dry... Conditions were tough - slick rocks everywhere, mud, rain puddles... a mile into it there was no more staying dry, you were getting soaked. There were a few wooden bridges that were SLICK as hell, you had to walk very carefully across those. I felt good going to the top, was the 4th runner up. I went up the Lookout Tower on top knowing I wouldn't be able to see anything because I was basically in a rain cloud at that point. I didn't spend much time up there, 10 more miles to go in the race...On the way down I took the wrong trail, so I dropped back to 5th place once I got back on track.

Once off the Bartram trail, the course went about 2 miles down this gravel road to the Holcomb Creek trail where we went further down (this was a LOT of descending and took a lot out of me... right knee was bothering me a lot, running with some gait at this point 10 miles in, 5 to go). The trail went down to some really nice waterfalls - they were raging because of the rain. Very cool. From there it was all uphill to the finish, part trail, the rest gravel road (4 miles).

After finishing they told me I came in 6th... I am skeptical about this because when I was coming to the summit of Rabun Bald I only saw 3 guys come down in front of me. I'm thinking 2 people cut it short and I actually finished 4th. There was no participation medal or t-shirt, the reward was shots of Tequila - they actually went down smooth and felt greatttt.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Consistent rain, 45 F, 15mph winds
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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