Ascent of Old Black on 2013-05-18

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Old Black
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6370 ft / 1941 m

Ascent Trip Report

Car camped at Cosby campground GSMNP. Done as part of climb of Mt. Guyot also. Very thick bushwhack on top of Old Black. Found a cairn after looking around through some thick bushes. Cairn was beside the roots of an uprooted tree and hidden except from east. Best to take a SW approach when starting bushwhack from AT and climb to obvious high point and start looking around for summit cairn. Heading due east from AT runs you into thicker brush.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4130 ft / 1258 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.8 mi / 22.2 km
    Route:Snake Den Ridge Trail to AT
    Trailhead:Cosby Campground Site A18  2240 ft / 682 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Thick clouds on AT ridge.

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