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Ascent of Bat Bluff on 2016-02-12

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bat Bluff
    Location:USA-Florida
    Elevation:112 ft / 34 m

Ascent Trip Report

Willie and I took a nice walk before dinner and decided to check out the weird formation we saw on the way in to the campground. It turned out to be a natural formation of exposed limestone reaching about 40 feet above the swamp around it like an island. The feature has no trails up it as I suspect the state park would prefer folks not to investigate the mound as it has caves under (as do all the bluffs in the area) and protected colony of endangered bats. We were careful not to disturb either as we bushwhacked up the mound and took in an odd view of the shimmering swamp below and listened to the barred owls hoot between trees. The area where the bat colony is located is smartly fenced off to keep vandals away but there are no signs prohibiting walking on the bluff mound. Living in FL, how can one resist the opportunity to actually walk on natural exposed rock? Those from out of state would have have little clue how rare that is in FL!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:47 ft / 13 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool
40F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:42 ft / 12 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 37 ft / 12 m; Extra: 5 ft / 1m
    Loss on way in:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:from swamp to paved road to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:swamp by cmapground  75 ft / 22 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Gain on way out:5 ft / 1 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:same
Ascent Part of Trip: FL Caverns

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Bat Bluff2016-02-12 a47 ft / 14 m
1Florida Caverns State Park High Point2016-02-13 a505 ft / 154 m
2Florida Cavern Limestone Bluff2016-02-13 b495 ft / 151 m
3Geneva County High Point2016-02-13 c68 ft / 21 m
Total Trip Gain: 1115 ft / 340 m    Total Trip Loss: 856 ft / 261 m



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