Ascent of Sullivan Island-West End on 2016-01-30

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser <3472>; Sarah Musser; Pat Lynn
Date:Saturday, January 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sullivan Island-West End
    Location:USA-South Carolina
    Elevation:5 ft / 1 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fun day touring all the forts in the area especially with the National Park service. My pedometer shows we ended up walking 7.6 miles and with all the stairs and ramps we climbed all day I got 121 flight of equivalent stairs of vertical which is well over 1,200 feet. Some of the walking was in Charleston but most was wandering at the 3 fortifications up and down the stairs of the batteries and magazines; ferry boats, and the several parking garages we were in.

Technically high-pointers do not count vertical gain that is from manmade objects like stairs but I see many often count earthen ramps counted as gain. It also gets blurred when park services start paving concrete walks and steps to the summits and you have to walk on them and they count so I don't like to get bogged down in to too many rules. I do this for me and I am on my own agenda. My hobby is more concerned with striving to walk as many miles as possible to obtain any position on these checklists and as ascend as much vertical work out on the legs as possible to earn the honor of taking something off a list. The thought of driving up to some location and walking 200 feet and calling it "bagged" is not my deal. I desire more exercise and journey than that so today was actually a worthy workout of over 7 miles and 1,200 feet so I will record at least some fraction of that to my log. I am not happy driving to any summit destination and counting that - I like to find a way to "earn" each one if possible and so with this ridiculously level ground with only 5 foot above sea level point, I walked every inch of ground, and climbed every battery and magazine I could find more than once.

The history of these forts is crazy interesting. Especially the drama between Major Anderson and General Beauragaurd (sp?). For those wondering, Fort Sumter is on a man-made island on a sand bar which is why the official highpoint of the island is not a listed destination (not allowed to have man-made destinations with highpointers) but for me the journey does not count simply parking and walking a few feet to the theoretical HP on the Fort Moultrie site so we went by ferry and explored that fort as well. The three forts are all part of the same park system as far as I can tell. At least Moultrie and Sumter.

A fun day with my daughter and family, but I long for another trip to actually "peakbag" something in the mountains again soon!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:305 ft / 92 m
    Total Elevation Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Trip Report
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km

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