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Ascent of Black Balsam Knob in 1992-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Forrest Fields
Mark R.
Scott Quinlan
Andy Woodcock
Alan Gay
Frank Brinson
Date:October, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Balsam Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6214 ft / 1894 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of day two of 1992 backpacking trip. Mountain summits were incdiental to trip on this day as we got off track. Day started at East Fork of Pigeon River at EL 4000.

Viewed Second Falls before we got back on track and on to maintained trails. Some additional ascent was obtained around the falls when we took some ineffecient course corrections.

Obtained Black Balsam Knob on the journey to Birdstand Mountain. Headed north along the ridge to Tennet Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2364 ft / 720 m
    Total Elevation Loss:464 ft / 140 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2364 ft / 720 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2214 ft / 675 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Bushwhacked up to Yellowstone Falls
    Start Trailhead:Camp site 1 near East Fork  4000 ft / 1219 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:314 ft / 95 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:NW to Graveyard Ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle between two peaks  5900 ft / 1798 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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