Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2008-08-10

Climber: G. Ringle

Date:Sunday, August 10, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Other than being a grueling 8+ hour hike, this trip was relatively unremarkable. This section of the AT is fairly uninspiring as there are no great sweeping vistas, like other trails in the Smokies. There is no water available at the tower, so I had to pass the tower and hike down to the parking area where there is a water fountain to refill my bottles. That was an extra mile or so I hadn't intended on traveling. The noise and swell of people traveling from the parking lot up the paved trail to the tower can be a bit unnerving after 4 hours climbing through the peace and quiet of the forest. I'd have to say that this was not one of my favorite hikes, but that's one more state down!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1597 ft / 486 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:Newfound Gap  5046 ft / 1538 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 3 Hours 56 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Collins2008-08-101142 ft / 348 m
2Clingmans Dome2008-08-101597 ft / 487 m
Total Trip Gain: 2739 ft / 835 m    Total Trip Loss: 2739 ft / 835 m

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