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Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2007-05-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Chris from blue mtn shelter
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Mountain
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

DAY #6

I was feeling somewhat slow this morning.... lacking energy.... so I took my time leaving the Low gap shelter. I left alone at a slow pace, it didn't take long however before I started to get energized.
Around 10h00 hours I walked in to Blue Mountain shelter to refill my water bottles......Chris was just getting ready to head out, he overnighted here. We decided to stay together for the rest of the day.
Easy graded Trail for the first 5 mile, very rocky with steep sections on both sides of Blue mountain. I found it tough going uphill on the last 5 miles of the day. Chris much stronger than I on the uphill climbs. I visited 5 peaks today.

UNICOI GAP is a busy place.... the large parking area at the gap was full of cars..... number of cars pull in as they crest the hill. Number of families with children out for fresh mountain air, the elevation here is 2950 feet.
Chatted with a cyclist on a training ride, he had on a 6 gap cycling shirt and a 5,000$ fancy Trek bike, on his way to Hogpen gap. I'll have to remind myself to tell my son Michael about this fancy bike.....he recently got into biking, we both like the sport very much.
I also met and chatted with hiker Brad, out for a few days..... he is nb on the AT and will leave the Trail at Dicks Creek gap.
There was even a HOT DOG STAND, maned by a chef with 20 years in the business..... said "He was bored working in a kitchen and he wanted to try something different"...... this was his first day, he had to get a permit from the local authorities. I wished him well. I had 3 hot dogs, orange, apple and a banana.
We hung around for an hour before getting the energy to move on North..... you get lazy when you stop for too long a period, especially if you eat.

We arrived Tray Mountain shelter sometimes after 16h00 hours, longest day so far...... tired, right knee sore otherwise all ok. The shelter is located on a ridge, a beautifull site. There were a total of 3 in the shelter plus 6 others tenting (Brad + Pam and daughter Wren + 4 others). Chris chatted with Wren for most of the evening.....a start of a friendly relationship.

"THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH A SOCIETY, THAT DRIVES A CAR TO THE GYM .... TO RUN ON A TREADMILL"
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1189 ft / 361 m
    Total Elevation Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:989 ft / 301 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 689 ft / 210 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Route:AT nb
    Start Trailhead:low gap shelter  3311 ft / 1009 m
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:AT nb
    End Trailhead:tray mtn shelter  4200 ft / 1280 m



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