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Ascent of Shortoff Mountain in 1997-04

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dave Ziegler
Forrest Fields
Andy Woodcock
and Bob Rhodes
Date:April, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shortoff Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5000 ft / 1524 m

Ascent Trip Report

Backpacking trip around the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Several peaks obtained as 3 day trip proceded. Horrible weather lots of rain.

Began on west side of gorge at EL 3200 parking then descended to Gorge and struggled to find a safe crossing of the River. We hiked the Linville Gorge Trail we found a crossing. After crossing we worked our way up to the Mountain to Sea Trail we climbed up Shortoff Mountain. Weather continued to be a challenge. Ziegler was introduced to a Copperhead while exploring some rocks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3680 ft / 1121 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2491 ft / 759 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Grade/Class:class 1 & 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:cloudy and rainy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3680 ft / 1121 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Linville George Trl and Mtn to Sea
    Start Trailhead:Pinch in Trail  1320 ft / 402 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2491 ft / 759 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    End Trailhead:for Gain purposes - Chimney Gap  2509 ft / 764 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Linville Gorge East Traverse (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Shortoff Mountain1997-04 a3680 ft / 1122 m
2Tablerock1997-04 b1411 ft / 430 m
3Hawksbill Mountain1997-04 c1420 ft / 433 m
4Sitting Bear Mountain1997-04 d595 ft / 181 m
5Gingercake Mountain1997-04 e120 ft / 37 m
6Sitting Bear Mountain1997-04 f95 ft / 29 m
Total Trip Gain: 7321 ft / 2232 m    Total Trip Loss: 5152 ft / 1570 m



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