Ascent of Clingmans Dome on 2009-03-26

Climber: Ed Wandall

Date:Thursday, March 26, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Clingmans Dome
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6643 ft / 2024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Booked a week in the Smokey Mountains, with the intention of bagging some highpoints. Didn't do my beta and found out that the road to Clingmans Dome is closed until April 1st. No worries, I drove into Pigeon Forge and rented a bike. My wife waited for me in the car as I pedaled through snow, sleet and rain to get to the top. Cold rain gave way to driving sleet and snow. The ascent was way steeper than I thought, so I ended up pushing the bike most of the way uphill and coasting the downhills. The half mile walk to the summit was in winds in excess of 30 mph. No views at all. Ended up a bit hypothermic by the time I got back to the car. I earned this highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1591 ft / 484 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1591 ft / 484 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Feezing sleet and fog. No views.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1591 ft / 484 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Clingmans Dome Road
    Start Trailhead:Clingmans Dome Road and Walker Camp Prong  5052 ft / 1539 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1591 ft / 484 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    End Trailhead:Clingmans Dome Road and Walker Camp Prong  5052 ft / 1539 m

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