Ascent of Thunder Hill on 2015-01-19

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Thunder Hill
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Blue Ridge Parkway overlook just north of entrance road to Apple Orchard Mountain radar facility (pulloff on right when heading north). Walked north on Parkway, which was gated (closed) just north of this parking area, to road on right leading to summit area. Took old roadway to clearing. Hunted around for highest rocks, to tag summit, and for any remnants of former military facility. Found part of an old telephone pole and some evidence that there had been an antenna here once. Backtracked to Parkway, then took AT towards Apple Orchard Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Clear, cool to cold, breezy.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Route:old road from Blue Ridge Parkway
    Start Trailhead:3890 ft / 1185 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Thunder Hill and Apple Orchard (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Thunder Hill2015-01-19110 ft / 34 m
2Apple Orchard Mountain2015-01-19335 ft / 102 m
3Thunder Ridge Wilderness High Point2015-01-19 
Total Trip Gain: 445 ft / 136 m

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