Ascent of Rose Benchmark on 2015-10-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rose Benchmark
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:2183 ft / 665 m

Ascent Trip Report

A track walk with a nasty wack, no fun ..... 500 yards, 35 minutes RT.

From I-79, exit 57, south of Sutton, Rose and I drove south on Hwy #19 for 3.4 miles to a left turn onto Little Birch Road (CR#40, a narrow one-lane paved road), 2.6 miles east in the village of Little Birch we turned right on Old Turnpike Road (CR#19-40), 1.68 miles south turned left onto Crites Mountain Road (CR#19-35, a narrow windy paved road) which we followed easterly for 3.98 miles to its crest ... on the right is a wide good gravel road and on the left (east) is a gated service track which heads east to a gas well (my hiking route). We parked here.

I walked the service track (grass) northeast 200 yards to the fenced-in gas well located between to small bumps. This whole area is full of dense/very-nasty thorny brush .. difficult, had to walk circles to avoid the worst stuff.

I first checked out the first bump, choosing my HP at right of the track, 25 yards before the gas well at GPS 38.52779,-80.66708. An old square concrete pier is near-by but couldn't find the Witness Post or BM, even though my info said different.

I next went to the east bump, choosing my spot at 50 yards east of the gas well(38.52715,80.66611) at a large tree near the very east end on the ridge, again no Witness Post or BM.

Vegetation prevented me from checking for elevation. Satisfied with my effort I called it good.

We drove to Summersville where we will overnight at the Sheetz Travel Plaza. As I was getting cleaned up I had to dig-out a Tick out of my left thigh .... don't know where I got it, perhaps at Lungshoal BM.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:98 ft / 29 m
    Total Elevation Loss:98 ft / 29 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:78 ft / 23 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 58 ft / 18 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:grass track/wack neb from CR
    Start Trailhead:CR#19-35  2125 ft / 647 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:78 ft / 23 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 58 ft / 18 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:grass track/wack neb from CR
    End Trailhead:CR#19-35  2125 ft / 647 m

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