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Stu BrandelWet, Fogged and Surrounded by People  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2017

Stu Brandel

Drenched in fast moving clouds that killed all views but not the crowds of people on Columbus Day weekend.
Posted Oct 7, 2017 7:27 pm

mchisholmFoggy Wonderland!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2015


Really foggy, cold, May attempt at Black Balsam w/ my friend Max and three Brittany Spaniels Eolus, Maple, and Mollie. Hiked up from Flat Laurel Creek trailhead, and made great time up to the parking lot before the summit. Visibility was really no more than 50 yards the entire time, which caused some confusion on the false summit before Black Balsam. We thought we were at the top, but after uploading the GPS found out we were about a half mile short. Still a great day in the fog and wind though there were no views.
Posted May 28, 2015 9:28 am

technicolorNHPart of a troika  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2014


First mountain of three for the day via the Art Loeb trail. Very different from anything else in the area.
Posted Aug 27, 2014 7:04 am

eric-grizNice hike, but crowded  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2014


This was the first of 5 6K foot peaks on the day. The Great Balsams were just crawling with people on this nice weather start to the memorial Day weekend.
Posted May 24, 2014 6:02 pm

montanachrisShining Rock Ledge traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2013


Backpacked from Graveyard Fields into a traverse of the Ledge to Deep Gap. Witnessed rare southern Appalachian alpenglow on this mountain from our camp along the Yellowstone Prong!
Posted Sep 11, 2013 7:38 am

Joel Hopper5 pack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013

Joel Hopper

Via Art Loeb Trail nice outing included in a grab of Black Balsam, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top, Shining Rock & Sam Knob.
Posted Jun 16, 2013 8:19 pm

evanrotheBlack Balsam  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008


Some of the best views on the BRP.
Posted Nov 15, 2011 8:07 pm

AirborneBuffsolitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2011


Had the trail and the summit all to myself on a Monday afternoon. Great views.
Posted May 4, 2011 2:07 pm

mlandau3Many Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2004


It's so close to the road; we go blueberry picking in this area at the end of every summer
Posted Jan 6, 2011 6:31 pm

sprossedaAmazing open landscape for the South  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 1997


I love this mountain. So much bald, open grassy landscape with vast views and an occasional gneissic rock outcrop to play on. Can meander and bushwack all around on this fun peak. Have camped on top a few times also. Fun, Fun, Fun!
Posted Oct 7, 2009 12:17 pm

fridayHiked with my daughter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009


Hiked this with my daughter, along with the crowds that day. The views were good for the first hour or so, but clouds, followed by rain came in. We had to quickly leave the summit and back to the car as the rain started to fall.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 1:53 am

Mike NArt Loeb Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2009

Mike N

Went early in AM. Nobody there. Fantastic views. May be it was just the clouds and the fog that day, but the views were tremendous and the valleys seemed deep. I look forward to returning in winter.
Posted May 26, 2009 10:22 pm

tiogaFoggy and Wet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2009


I climbed this with my girlfriend, just before I proposed to her. It was a wet day and the best weather we had was on top of this mountain.
Posted Mar 16, 2009 2:10 pm

MarkDidierVia Art Loeb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2007


Nice short hike with beautiful views.
Posted Jul 29, 2008 8:56 pm

LilBirdFeels Like Home  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008


This was quite fun and the tiny bluets on the way up reminded me of home. One of my favorites.
Posted May 10, 2008 9:47 pm

peakrat76Art Loeb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2008


First "climbing" trip east of the Mississippi. A nice, albiet crowded, summit with expansive views. Nice to see some country with a little 'alpine' feel. Continued on to Tennent. (very nice)
Posted Apr 21, 2008 6:34 pm

KoonsyArt Loeb=Good hike  Sucess!


The views from this trail are great. Perfectly clear sky on a cool spring day, what more could you ask for.
Posted Mar 4, 2008 9:15 pm

captainbuudaArt Loeb Trail (southbound)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2007


Hiked up from Shining Rock campsite; also found the top of Grassy Top Cove and Tennent Mtn. I actually was simply looking to go around it, however visibility was about 20 feet due to the horrible weather: temps hovering around freezing, strong winds and I had my very own Perma-cloud(ie dense fog), making humidity and moisture levels pretty much 100%. I wish it had been snow. I hope to make a day-hike out of it so I can actually see farther than twenty feet in front of me next time.
Posted Jan 19, 2008 10:01 am

chugach mtn boyA real find  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2004

chugach mtn boy

I grew up hiking the NC mountains but didn't discover this gem till I was almost a geezer
Posted Dec 3, 2007 11:26 am

buzzdainerArt Loeb Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2000


Brought my folks up here. Beautiful, as usual.
Posted Oct 15, 2007 1:10 am

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