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Ascent of Yellow Face on 2016-07-23

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
Date:Saturday, July 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Yellow Face
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6032 ft / 1838 m

Ascent Trip Report

First peak of the day to begin a traverse of the Plott Balsam 6000-foot peaks. It was a humid morning that left our pants soaked as soon as we hit some of the weedy places along the trail. The hike was uneventful otherwise; hazy skies limited visibility. We started at the Waterrock Knob parking area, followed the standard unofficial but easy-to-use trail from the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way to the summit area, looked around a bit and stepped on any candidates for the true summit (some of which were in the wet weeds), then returned to the parking area to continue onwards.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:394 ft / 119 m
    Extra Gain:82 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:NE ridge (Blackrock Trail)
    Trailhead:Upper end Waterrock Knob parking area  5802 ft / 1768 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant
hazy and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Time:31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Plott Balsam Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Yellow Face2016-07-23 a394 ft / 120 m
2Waterrock Knob2016-07-23 b487 ft / 148 m
3Browning Knob2016-07-23 c155 ft / 47 m
4Fork Ridge2016-07-23 d 
5Mount Lyn Lowry2016-07-23 e390 ft / 119 m
6Plott Balsam Mountain2016-07-23 f318 ft / 97 m
7Mount Lyn Lowry2016-07-23 g550 ft / 168 m
8Browning Knob2016-07-23 h 
9Waterrock Knob2016-07-23 i30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 2324 ft / 708 m    Total Trip Loss: 609 ft / 185 m



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