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Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2017-12-28

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, December 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3375 ft / 1028 m

Ascent Trip Report

After reaching Saddleback Mountain-West Peak from AT, follow the ridge, go around knob 3240, then summit via NW ridge.
On my descent, I went around knob 3240 to its north, then follow the NW slope to approach the ravine between knob 3240 and Saddleback Mountain-West Peak to reach South River. (Between AT and South River, hardcore bushwhacking, better doing it in winter when the branches are easy to break.)
After visiting South River Falls, I followed Lower South River Road to reach Upper South River Fireroad, eventually to AT. From there I went north to tag Bald Face Mountain (bushwhacking after leaving AT), then returned to South River Picnic Area.
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Saddleback Mountain summit rock (2017-12-28). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1895 ft / 577 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1895 ft / 576 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Frigid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:815 ft / 248 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 455 ft / 138 m; Extra: 360 ft / 109m
    Loss on way in:360 ft / 109 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:NW ridge from West Peak
    Start Trailhead:South River Picnic Area  2920 ft / 890 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1535 ft / 467 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 455 ft / 138 m; Extra: 1080 ft / 329m
    Gain on way out:1080 ft / 329 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Route:NW ridge, then South River
    End Trailhead:South River Picnic Area  2920 ft / 890 m
    Time:3 Hours 25 Minutes



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