Ascent of Balsam Cone on 2014-08-03

Climber: Albert Wolff

Others in Party:Jeremy Martin
Date:Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Cone
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6600 ft / 2011 m

Ascent Trip Report

No BM found at highest points on Balsam Cone as described in Tagliapietra book. Searched for a while with no luck. Top part of Buncombe Horse Range Trail very grown in and difficult to follow. Have to look at your feet to stay on trail. GPS helpful below bald one is trying to go around. Partner got sick from eating a berry so slow going on way down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:279 ft / 84 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3744 ft / 1140 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:228 ft / 69 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 88 ft / 27 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Black Mountain Crest Trail
    Start Trailhead:End of Bushwack for Cattail Peak  6512 ft / 1984 m
    Time:26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3604 ft / 1098 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3553 ft / 1083 m; Extra: 51 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:51 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:BMCT/Buncombe Horse Range Trail
    End Trailhead:Rock Creek Road  3047 ft / 928 m
    Time:4 Hours 1 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Blacks 8/2/14 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Winter Star Mountain2014-08-023443 ft / 1049 m
2Deer Mountain2014-08-0230 ft / 9 m
3Potato Hill2014-08-03918 ft / 280 m
4Cattail Peak2014-08-0388 ft / 27 m
5Balsam Cone2014-08-03279 ft / 85 m
Total Trip Gain: 4758 ft / 1450 m    Total Trip Loss: 4144 ft / 1263 m

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