Ascent of Mayapple Knob on 2015-12-21

Climber: John Chambers

Date:Monday, December 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mayapple Knob
    Elevation:4054 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Rattlesnake Knob following the ridge west toward Mayapple Knob. This was the craggiest and most difficult secton of the traverse. Once I reached Cut-Off Gap, the crags stopped, and it was open woods.

But the spur doesn't go up from the east, it's just a big hill up to the north spur, and it'd been raining, spitting snow and sleet since about noon, and it was wet and slippery and steep, so it was difficult anyway, even in open woods. Once I reached that spur, it wasn't bad, and the summit was a huge flat area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:218 ft / 66 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Windy, White-out
Foggy rain spitting snow windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:218 ft / 66 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 38 ft / 11 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Loss on way in:180 ft / 54 m
    Route:Bushwhack along ridge
    Start Trailhead:Rattlesnake Knob  4016 ft / 1224 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Hightower Ridge Traverse

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rich Knob2015-12-21 A1132 ft / 345 m
2Hightower Bald2015-12-21 B816 ft / 249 m
3Shooting Creek Bald2015-12-21 C120 ft / 37 m
4Rattlesnake Knob2015-12-21 D120 ft / 37 m
5Mayapple Knob2015-12-21 E218 ft / 66 m
6Sassafras Knob2015-12-21 F247 ft / 75 m
Total Trip Gain: 2653 ft / 809 m    Total Trip Loss: 1828 ft / 557 m

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