Ascent of Gingercake Mountain in 1997-04

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:See Shortoff Mtn trip
Date:April, 1997
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gingercake Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed as part of the eastern Linville Gorge backpacking trip. Climbed this mountain in pouring rain and got off trail. Bushwhacked through thick Rhodendrons as part of Sitting Bear Mountain and ended up scrambling up steep slopes with poncho. Learned never to backpack with a pancho ever again as it hung up in the Rhododendrons and trapped me on a very steep scramble area blinded for a short time. Also last trip wearing cotton. Started to get hypothermia from rain and wet clothes. Never took cotton backpacking again!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:class 1,2 and 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Mountain to Sea Trl.
    Start Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Linville Gorge East Traverse (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
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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