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Ascent of Cattail Peak on 2017-09-23

Climber: Mike Stinson

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

Ascent Trip Report

As previous reports have mentioned, a sign along the Black Mountain Crest Trail appears to mark the top of Cattail Peak, but does not. The summit is north of that point and requires a minimal (five-minute?) bushwhack to reach. We followed a use trail, hopped over a couple of downed trees, and easily found the summit benchmark. On the way back we saw one piece of pink and black flagging tape, but flagging might not be needed here unless you have a poor sense of direction. There is a steep drop just to the north of the summit rocks on Cattail - caution.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant
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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