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Ascent of Indian Fort Mountain-Buzzards Roost on 2014-04-24

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Indian Fort Mountain-Buzzards Roost
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1466 ft / 446 m

Ascent Trip Report

Buzzard's Roost is the northeastern most ridge and finger formation along the east side of Indian Fort Mountain. After climbing along the Eagle's Nest feature you can follow the trails north and then east and up to this feature. The highest portion of the ridge is back away from the wall and peaks at around elevation 1468 but the ridge drops down and around a large boulder and up to some more rock ledges at around elevation 1449. The views from this feature are also very nice but in my opinion, the views of East Pinnacle with its plentiful scrambling rocks along the top of the wall was the most enjoyable of the three features. Once back across the small creek and back up to the main trail, I decided that instead of heading back to do the Devils Kitchen and the West Pinnacle and all of the other features on the west side of Indian Fort Mountain. So, I decided to try the bushwhack to Robe Mountain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:222 ft / 66 m
    Total Elevation Loss:360 ft / 108 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Grade/Class:1 (but some 3 on wal
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
60F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:101 ft / 30 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3 ft / 1 m; Extra: 98 ft / 29m
    Loss on way in:98 ft / 29 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:standard trails
    Start Trailhead:Eagle's Nest Wall  1463 ft / 445 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:262 ft / 79 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 141 ft / 43 m; Extra: 121 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:121 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:bushwhack and herd trail to the N
    End Trailhead:Saddle Between Robe and IFMountain  1325 ft / 403 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Indian Fort Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Indian Fort Mountain-East Pinnacle2014-04-24 a573 ft / 175 m
2Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest2014-04-24 b457 ft / 139 m
3Indian Fort Mountain-Buzzards Roost2014-04-24 c222 ft / 68 m
4Robe Mountain2014-04-24 d242 ft / 74 m
5Indian Fort Mountain2014-04-24 e282 ft / 86 m
Total Trip Gain: 1776 ft / 542 m    Total Trip Loss: 1651 ft / 504 m



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