Ascent of Mount Rogers on 2018-04-05

Climber: Alden Holmes

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Rogers
    Elevation:5729 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first of several high points that I was planning on attempting on a trip out to North Carolina. I have quite a bit of down time between my kid's soccer games so I am passing time by doing a lot of driving for a little hiking.

I got an early start this morning leaving Greensboro at 5am to be ready to start hiking at 7:45am. The skies were beautifully clear with a bone chilling cold wind. But as long as I kept moving, the wind was tolerable. There were several groups of the ponies along the trail in the first half mile, but really only tracks from them beyond that.

It had been cold enough over night that all the water on the trail was frozen solid. And I mean solid, not just a crust on top. And the mud on the trail was thoroughly frozen also. Something that I realized on the return trip where I discovered that the thawed mud was slick as snot and I nearly ended up on my butt several times.

The trip to the peak was mostly uneventful. I didn't stop to take pictures on the way up because of the cold wind. I figured that I could catch them on the way back down when it should be a little warmer. But the views on the way up were wonderful. As mentioned by others, the view from the top is ... well, obstructed. It's very wooded at the top, so there isn't a lot to see.

I only met a handful of through hikers on the trip, I think three headed north and one headed south. And outside of that, nobody more than a mile from the trail head. Overall, a very enjoyable hike. But I couldn’t hang around too long because I was still planning on hitting Black Mountain today (Kentucky high point).
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Clear with bone chilling cold wind

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