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Ascent of Balsam High Top on 2009-05-16

Climber: Jeff Rinehart

Date:Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam High Top
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5720 ft / 1743 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is another easy mountain to summit. Before you pass the summit on the Balsam Mountain trail look for the high spot on the trail. It will be obvious. From here head straight up the mountain (northwest). You should see a very faint manway that heads northeast. This will take you to the summit. Then retrace your steps back down to the Balsam Mountain trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:673 ft / 205 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:673 ft / 205 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Balsam Mountain Trl, manway
    Start Trailhead:Beech Gap  5047 ft / 1538 m
    Time:1 Hours 4 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Cataloochee

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Ledge Bald2009-05-16784 ft / 239 m
2Balsam High Top2009-05-16673 ft / 205 m
3Big Cataloochee Mountain2009-05-16695 ft / 212 m
4Big Butt2009-05-16 
Total Trip Gain: 2152 ft / 656 m



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