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Ascent of Reinhart Knob on 2017-01-24

Climber: Duncan Lennon

Date:Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reinhart Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

I never would have guessed that such a short bushwhack could contain so much complexity, and I really enjoyed the trip up to Reinhart. From the Beartrail Ridge Overlook, I set off in the direction of the peak, soon identifying a faint route flagged in green tape. Normally I'd pull the flags down, but it soon became clear that, despite being far apart and difficult to see, these traces were essential to getting to the top efficiently. I methodically picked my way through the forest, at this elevation dense with downed trees and low-hanging branches. The half mile trip took a while since I had to pause so often to track and assess the route. It was super fun getting to use so many routefinding tactics after having stuck mainly to trails so far on the road trip.

The summit was an obvious rock with a metal stake nearby. Descending took a fair bit of time as well, and I popped out on the road about 250 feet downhill of the overlook area. A really unexpected hike!
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