Ascent of Birdstand Mountain 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:Birdstand Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5280 ft / 1609 m

Ascent Trip Report

See reports for details of 1992 trip. This was day 2 camp site 2 on top of Birdstand Mtn. Exhausted and out of water. Several backpackers were sick from dehydration. Should have gotten water down low as it was dry up top. 26 mile trip. Forrest and I bushwhacked down the Hemlock Branch that night (no trail) to bring back 2.5 gallons of water (actuallymore like filtered mud) to team for dinner boiling. Forrest threw up upon arriving..."Please excuse me gentlemen but indeed I am sick" - thus, the knickname the gentleman hurler. Figure we logged in another 3 miles carrying the water up to camp and gained an additional 300 feet.

We finally figured out where we were in the morning (Rynning and I) and descided thereafter I would never leave "others" to do the orienteering as being lost three times in one trip and ascending the wrong peaks was crazy. We also had a mutiny and half of the backpackers decided to abandon the last night and just head for home. The early days of defining your skills and who is the "leader" on a trip! Fun trip for overcoming adversity but the last time I would allow others to lead the trip for a long time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1580 ft / 481 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1580 ft / 481 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Grade/Class:class 1, 2 and 2+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1580 ft / 481 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1280 ft / 390 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:SE trail pass through
    Start Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1280 ft / 390 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:NW trail pass through
    End Trailhead:The Pigeon River  4000 ft / 1219 m
Ascent Part of Trip: A Ridge Too Far (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
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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