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Ascent of Chestnut Ridge in 1992-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Forrest Fields
Mark Rynning
Scott Quinlan
Andy Woodcock
Alan Gay
Frank Brinson and I
Date:October, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chestnut Ridge
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4800 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second backpacking tripin a trip where i had not been involved in some of the orienteering along the way!

Accidental summit obtained when backpacking trip got off course and bushwhacked to this peak then noticed we were heading out of the Wilderness area and towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. We followed/bushwhacked what appeard to be a very steep game/hunter trail up west slopes from East Fork of Pigeon River then returned to the river to make camp frustrated and hungry. The following day we climbed out of the mess through a Rhododendron thicket and followed an umarked poorly maintained trail to the summit of some sub peak near Yellowstone Falls. We then got our bearings when we left the Wilderness area near Second Falls and restarted our journey across Graveyard Ridge.

Trip began at TH Big East Fork at EL 3384 and accidental summit at EL 4800. Descent and camped along East Fork. Total Trip was 26 miles. This was first day and night camped at 4000 ft
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1416 ft / 431 m
    Total Elevation Loss:800 ft / 243 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1+ to 2+
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:OK
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1416 ft / 431 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:west slopes
    Start Trailhead:Big east Fork TH  3384 ft / 1031 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:west slopes
    End Trailhead:Camp site at Greasy Cove Prong and East Fork of Pi  4000 ft / 1219 m
Ascent Part of Trip: A Ridge Too Far (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Chestnut Ridge1992-10 a1416 ft / 432 m
2Black Balsam Knob1992-10 b2364 ft / 721 m
3Tennent Mountain1992-10 c140 ft / 43 m
3Birdstand Mountain1992-10 d1580 ft / 482 m
Total Trip Gain: 5500 ft / 1678 m    Total Trip Loss: 3084 ft / 940 m



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