Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2014-12-30

Climber: Phil Barone

Others in Party:Kate Alix
Date:Tuesday, December 30, 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

We arrived at parking lot at the bottom of the road to the summit around 10:00. We couldn't find the trail so we hiked up the closed road. Along the way up we had some stunning views, around 5000' we came into some low lying clouds. Toward the summit parking lot we came out of the clouds. We took a short break & pushed onto the summit trail. We reached the summit 15:15. We spent 20 minutes on the summit looking down at the clouds & a few 6000 footers poking through. Then we walked half a mile into the Appalachian Trail & set up camp. It was a little colder today than yesterday at Brasstown Bald. This was the first use of my Mountain Hardwear 2 person tent. It worked amazingly, has a lot of head room & vestibule space. The tent was set up by 16:30 & we were eating dinner by 17:30. We played cards after dinner then went to sleep shortly after that. We woke up around 7:00, packed the camp up & started hiking around 8:00. The water we left in the vestibule overnight froze. We got back to the parking lot just before 12:00.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:16.5 mi / 26.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Clingmans Dome Summit Road
    Start Trailhead:Clingmans Dome Parking Lot  
    Time:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    End Trailhead:Clingmans Dome Parking Lot  
    Time:4 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Tennessee High Point (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Clingmans Dome2014-12-30 
2Mount Love2014-12-31 
3Mount Collins2014-12-31 

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