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Ascent of The Pinnacle on 2015-05-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Pinnacle
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3730 ft / 1136 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the Jewel Hollow Overlook and then hiked down to the AT which is about 50 feet below the parking area. The trail continues to drop to about 70 feet lower than the parking lot before beginning the ascent which accounts for the majority of the additional gain along both ways. The rest of the add gain is the meander between the candidate pinnacles and the up-climbs up each pinnacle candidate I attempted.

The trail was being manicured by AT trail volunteers and was ridiculously clear. The Rhododendrons were square and looked like a garden. The grass around the rocks were being edged with a gas powered weed eater while I was there! I could only imagine what a backwoods AT backpacker would think when reaching this perfectly manicured stretch of the AT.

Again, still short for time, I hurried up to the pinnacles which afford very nice views and played around climbing up each of the three locations making sure I got the highest ground. Two required some bushwhacking and nearly scrambling (more like scampering) but it was worth it as the pink azaleas were in bloom and very nice. I got up and back in 37 minutes but I did jog the way back. Then off to get a quick clean up and proper attire and then we ate at The Inn at Little Washington. It was as good as the 5 star rating gives her but you do not want to know how much a meal there costs. But this was on my wife's list of the top 5 most important places to dine while you are still alive sooooooo......cross that one of her culinarybaggin' list!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:615 ft / 186 m
    Total Elevation Loss:615 ft / 186 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some easy 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
perfect 65F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:495 ft / 150 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 395 ft / 120 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:Jewel Hollow Overlook  3335 ft / 1016 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:515 ft / 156 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 395 ft / 120 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:AT
    End Trailhead:Jewel Hollow Overlook  3335 ft / 1016 m
    Time:17 Minutes



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