Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2014-07-13

Climber: Vinnie Slade

Others in Party:Alexis Slade
Nick Earnest
Tim Lyon
Joe Kephart
Candice Earnest
Amanda Lyon
Ashley Slade
Date:Sunday, July 13, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

8 of us left from Newfound gap. The trail head is not clearly marked, but not hard to find. Our group was constantly falling apart and coming back together until about 3 miles from the summit, where we all broke up. The first of us reached the top then caught a ride to the bottom to bring the car back up for the rest of us (thanks Tim!). My wife, myself, and my brother-in-law finished in about 3 hours total. My wife and I took a few pictures at the top of the tower and came back down and waited for the rest of the group. They showed up about 15 minutes later. We broke a few shoes along the trip. Met up with some rain and mud, but all in all had a pretty nice hike.
The trail was great in most parts, the steps were murder on the quads. The rain caused a few of the logs and rocks to be slippery. A few places looked freshly whacked. The view at the top was amazing! I have read a few reports about clouds so I was pumped to get there on a clear day.

HP #1 of Trip, #2 Overall
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1597 ft / 486 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Hot, Calm, Clear
Rained briefly mid trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1597 ft / 486 m
    Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Newfound Gap  5046 ft / 1538 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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