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Ascent of Potato Knob on 2015-07-18

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Potato Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6400 ft / 1950 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a faint trail to top of Potato Knob although I missed it on ascent and had to bushwhack. Intersected trail about halfway up and continued on trail to top. No summit marker exists although there is a metal pipe with orange survey ribbon. True summit appears to be be south of pipe on a boulder. Descended trail back to MST. Then back over Blackstock Knob to Balsam Gap. Approximate coordinates of the start of the faint trail off the MST to the summit of Potato Knob are: 17 S 382798 3954749
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1200 ft / 365 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1760 ft / 536 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1/Bushwhack
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:632 ft / 192 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 520 ft / 158 m; Extra: 112 ft / 34m
    Loss on way in:112 ft / 34 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:MST/Bushwhack/Unmaintained trail
    Start Trailhead:Rainbow Gap  5880 ft / 1792 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1648 ft / 502 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1080 ft / 329 m; Extra: 568 ft / 173m
    Gain on way out:568 ft / 173 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Unmaintained trail/MST
    End Trailhead:Balsam Gap, Mile Marker 359.9 BRP  5320 ft / 1621 m
    Time:2 Hours 44 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Blackstock and Potato Knobs

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Blackstock Knob2015-07-181024 ft / 312 m
2Potato Knob2015-07-181200 ft / 366 m
Total Trip Gain: 2224 ft / 678 m    Total Trip Loss: 2224 ft / 677 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Albert Wolff
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