Ascent of Shining Rock in 1993-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Rynning
and me
Date:August, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shining Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began at TH Big East Fork at EL 3384. 30 miles total backpacked through the Shinning Rock Wilderness and up to Cold Mountain. Two nights. Camped near the Shinning Rock area and near the Narrows on the second night. Ascended Chestnut Ridge and summitted Old Butt Knob EL 5,525. Then climbed down to 5,380 Spanish Oak Gap and then up to Dog Loser Knob at 5,761 Climbed down to 5,620 to Beech Spring Gap. Ascended Cold Mtn next (see TR for Stairs Mtn) then Stairs Mountain.

Finally leg we climbed Shining Rock and approached Shinning Rock from East. Quartzite formation interesting scrambling area and reaches 6,000.Nice views of fun geologic formation. Return trip we headed more south and back out to Big East Fork by way of the North Prong Trail. Dropping down to the Shining Creek Gap at 3750 and then down to the original TH at 3384
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:131 ft / 39 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2616 ft / 797 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 & some EZ 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:cloudy and foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Crawford Creek Gap  5869 ft / 1788 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2616 ft / 797 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:North Prong Trail
    End Trailhead:Big East Fork TH  3384 ft / 1031 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock Wilderness Traverse (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Old Butt Knob1993-08 a2141 ft / 653 m
2Dog Loser Knob1993-08 b381 ft / 116 m
3Shining Rock1993-08 c380 ft / 116 m
4Cold Mountain1993-08 d2872 ft / 875 m
5The Narrows1993-08 e 
6Stairs Mountain1993-08 f900 ft / 274 m
7Shining Rock1993-08 g131 ft / 40 m
Total Trip Gain: 6805 ft / 2074 m    Total Trip Loss: 6805 ft / 2074 m

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