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Ascent of Balsam Cone on 2017-09-23

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy S.
Date:Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Cone
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6600 ft / 2011 m

Ascent Trip Report

The least obvious summit of the day. The Black Mountain Crest Trail northward from Big Tom becomes steeper and rougher, and the ropes which previous trip reports mention are still in place in two locations (though I wonder how old and weathered they are). The trail itself is well marked and easy to follow. We did not find a benchmark on top of Balsam Cone, but we did make a point of tagging the likely candidates for the true summit (assisted by GPS). Time listed (49 minutes) is from the top of Big Tom to the summit of Balsam Cone.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Time:49 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mitchell to Winter Star (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Mitchell2017-09-23164 ft / 50 m
2Mount Craig2017-09-23127 ft / 39 m
3Big Tom2017-09-23 
4Balsam Cone2017-09-23 
5Cattail Peak2017-09-23 
6Potato Hill2017-09-23 
7Winter Star Mountain2017-09-23513 ft / 156 m
Total Trip Gain: 804 ft / 245 m    Total Trip Loss: 164 ft / 50 m



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