Ascent of Hickorynut Mountain on 2015-08-09

Climber: Brian McCray

Date:Sunday, August 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hickorynut Mountain
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:3483 ft / 1061 m

Ascent Trip Report

Multi-day, multi-summit trip including Table Rock, Pinnacle Mountain, Hickorynut Mountain and Sassafras Mountain.

This was the second summit of Hickorynut--the first was on the way toward the Sassafras Mountain ascent. Check that trip report for more information. The only difference was that on this portion of the trip, we were met with extremely heavy thunderstorms on the descent from Hickorynut. This made the surface of Governor's Rock and numerous other rock outcroppings very treacherous and slowed our time considerably. Conditions were cool and wet until we were within about an hour of the trailhead at the Table Rock Trail.

One benefit of all the rain was that several of the streams that had been mostly dry began to flow well, making water sources more plentiful.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Drizzle/mist on the ascent, heavy thunderstorms on the descent
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Foothills Trail
    Start Trailhead:Sassafras Mountain  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Foothills Trail
    End Trailhead:Hickorynut Mountain  
Ascent Part of Trip: Sassafras Mountain (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Table Rock2015-08-07 
2Pinnacle Mountain2015-08-08 
3Hickorynut Mountain2015-08-08 
4Sassafras Mountain2015-08-08 
5Hickorynut Mountain2015-08-09 

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