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Ascent of Apple Orchard Mountain on 2015-01-19

Climber: Mike Stinson

Date:Monday, January 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Apple Orchard Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:4225 ft / 1287 m

Ascent Trip Report

After visiting Thunder Hill (q.v.,) took AT from Parkway south to summit area of Apple Orchard Mountain. This was a pleasant hike with some interesting rock formations (and on our visit, some interesting ice formations). After reaching the clearing atop Apple Orchard, visited the obvious summit rocks, rested, took pictures, then headed down to our car waiting on the Parkway. I'd previously hiked to the top from the south, so it was nice to approach from the north this time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:335 ft / 102 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:335 ft / 102 m
    Route:AT from north (Thunder Hill)
    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:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
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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