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Ascent of Thomas Knob on 2015-05-22

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Friday, May 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thomas Knob
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:5520 ft / 1682 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the third knob the blue blaze Wilburn Ridge Trail does not take you directly over the peak it leaves you a bit short. If you wait to get to the obvious notch formation it is a simple walk up a couple hundred yards of a herd trail to the nondescript knob. But I was too anxious to start when I saw some nice rocks and headed up a scramble that led up to a false peak and got separated from Karen. As with the other knobs there is some fun rock at the top to play on. When I found the summit there is a nice perch to look down on the junction of several trails and at this spot I could look down and see Karen with another grouping of Shetland Ponies. I hurried back down and through the notch and we got back together. We saw in all, about 3 grouping of ponies and at least 4 that were very young....one looked as if it was born a week ago.

These 3 knobs are the best part of the Mount Rogers hike. Nice open vistas, great grassy fields kept mowed by the ponies and some interesting knobs. The final ascent up Mount Rogers is anticlimactic but the overall trip is very nice.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:125 ft / 38 m
    Total Elevation Loss:165 ft / 49 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some 3 opportu
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
45F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:125 ft / 38 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 100 ft / 30 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Wilburn Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  5420 ft / 1652 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Wilburn Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  5380 ft / 1639 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Rogers Day

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Wilburn Ridge2015-05-22 a930 ft / 283 m
2Pine Mountain2015-05-22 b121 ft / 37 m
3Thomas Knob2015-05-22 c125 ft / 38 m
4Mount Rogers2015-05-22 d399 ft / 122 m
5Thomas Knob-notch2015-05-22 e130 ft / 40 m
6Pine Mountain2015-05-22 f116 ft / 35 m
7Wilburn Ridge2015-05-22 g120 ft / 37 m
8Whitetop Mountain2015-05-22 h990 ft / 302 m
9Buzzard Rock2015-05-22 i700 ft / 213 m
Total Trip Gain: 3631 ft / 1107 m    Total Trip Loss: 2651 ft / 808 m



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