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Ascent of Winter Star Mountain on 2017-09-23

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy S.
Date:Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Winter Star Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6203 ft / 1890 m

Ascent Trip Report

Because of its location and name I have been looking forward to climbing this mountain for a long time. Doing it with Jeremy on a beautiful early fall day was fabulous, though our hike back to the car was slow and our legs were sore by the end. (We do not live at high altitude and had driven to Asheville the night before, so we could feel the altitude by the end of the hike.) We followed the Black Mountain Crest Trail northward from Potato Hill, down through Deep Gap, and up to the top of Winter Star with one reasonable water break just north of the gap (time indicated here is for this section of the trail only). The trail was not hard to follow. The summit area of Winter Star has a benchmark and some views along with a couple of rocks where we rested and had snacks before starting the walk back to Mount Mitchell.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:513 ft / 156 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:513 ft / 156 m
    Route:Black Mtn. Crest Trail
    Start Trailhead:5690 ft / 1734 m
    Time:1 Hours 13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
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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