Ascent of Stairs Mountain in 1993-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Rynning
and me
Date:August, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stairs Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5880 ft / 1792 m

Ascent Trip Report

Backpacking 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.

Bacground up to Stairs:
Trip began by ascended up Chestnut Ridge and summitted Old Butt Knob EL 5525. Then climbed down to 5380 Spanish Oak Gap and then up to Dog Loser Knob at 5761. Climbed down to 5620 to Beech Spring Gap. Camped at Little East Fork and then Began north trek to Cold Mtn. EL 3308 near Daniel Boone Camp along Art Loeb trail. Cold Mtn Summit was around 18 miles into trip.

Final leg headed south to Stairs Mountain by way of the Narrows and back to Shinning Rock and back out to Big East Fork by way of the North Prong trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Total Elevation Loss:11 ft / 3 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:cloudy foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Deep Gap thru the Narrows
    Start Trailhead:4980 ft / 1517 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:11 ft / 3 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Crawford Crk Gap
    End Trailhead:5869 ft / 1788 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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