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Bajumbug2nd HP today  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

Bajumbug

The USGS marker states 4139.217 feet. Wow-they are taking things seriously! Like may mountain tops, antenna companies have taken full advantage and this is a cell site. 6th High Point overall, 2nd one today. Lots of noise from mining nearby.
Posted Oct 19, 2014 11:57 pm

admiralcapnPuppy's first hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011

admiralcapn

We had just picked up our new puppy in Tennessee and were on our way home. Catching a few extra counties in southern Kentucky, I figured we'd hit this highpoint before camping at Interstate Breaks SP. Chester enjoyed his little hike to the top.
Posted May 13, 2014 9:57 am

Stu BrandelFoggy Mountain State Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2014

Stu Brandel

In the fog.
Posted Apr 26, 2014 7:14 pm

Andrew Rankine5th hp in 4 days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2014

Andrew Rankine

Been doing the state highpoints in the area, decided to add this one because we are ahead of schedule. Forgot the form to sign but had Zumwalt's book with a waiver to photocopy in to. Just wrote my name and signed in the book instead of finding a kinko's. Thinking I might get grief, drove up half the road and walked 1 km to the summit. 20 minutes car to car. Nice day out.
Posted Apr 13, 2014 6:14 pm

mtsptfamBetter in the Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2014

mtsptfam

Wasn't expecting much, but as I drove up it got colder and snowier and I ran into a lot of fog. It actually made finding the way a little bit of a challenge since all the roads were covered in snow and no tracks in them. At least I knew I was alone up there. I wasn't however sure about getting back down with all the snow and ice. Made it fine though. Having all the fog and snow made it seem a little more like an adventure then just a quick drive up. As the other have said the marker was on the bolder but buried under a bit of snow. My 11th HP.
Posted Feb 17, 2014 5:06 pm

punchlineHighpoint #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2014

punchline

Had the opportunity to burn a couple hours before flying home from Charleston, WV on a business trip. Started in Pikeville, KY where MapQuest said it was 1 1/2 hours. Definitely more than that - closer to 2 hours with the windy, icy roads. Imagine that the drive is beautiful any other season but sort of desolate now. Was able to get the rental car up the road past the FAA tower although it was pretty icy. About 1/4" snow on the plaque and the summit marker - a moment of panic set in when I couldn't find the marker on the boulder and had to sweep the entire boulder of snow! Note: It is on the right-hand side as you are looking at the boulder from the plaque.
Posted Feb 9, 2014 9:57 am

WoodswalkerBlack Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006

Woodswalker

Another tick on my highpoint list.
Posted Nov 9, 2013 1:14 pm

pattyd82abHP #6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013
The drive up from VA was great. Very windy roads but lots to look at. The parking area over the coal mine provides a pretty scenic view. Not sure if we were supposed to, but we drove almost the whole way to the plaque. There were some people driving pretty recklessly on the radar road, so watch out. Other than that, not mush to look at, but a notch in the hiking stick.
Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:03 am

BadgerSummitSeekerState High Point # 22  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2010

BadgerSummitSeeker

This was High point # 5 of 6 in a 3 day period. Not much of a view from the top but it was a very scenic drive on the way through Big Stone Gap and up to the HP.
Posted Jul 27, 2013 11:22 pm

THalky#7 - Nothing much  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2012

THalky

2nd to last on our first highpointing trip. Stopped on our way to Rodgers. All I can say is that I did it.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 1:35 pm

xbaghattwenty-seven  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

xbaghat

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Posted Jan 20, 2013 10:45 am

Jimmy RiversNothing to see here, really.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2012

Jimmy Rivers

State HP #7, Black was actually a depressing highpoint. The drive up passed by a couple of completely stipped and mined mountains. The summit had more ugly mining buildings and a beat up "lookout tower". You really just get in, and leave quickly....oh well!
Posted Jan 4, 2013 4:12 pm

marilouNot Exactly My Favorite
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

marilou

We just drove up but watch out for the mine workers trucks' since the summit ridge drive is a single lane with tons of potholes. At least they put up a plaque summit marker now. We actually met the guys who put them there that day. Did Mt Rogers, VA HP the day before. HP #12
Posted Nov 29, 2012 11:23 pm

technicolorNHlinguistic study  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2012

technicolorNH

When I got to the pass on Rt160 I saw a security guard stationed next to a nearby mining road. He said I could drive up seeing as it was two miles to the top. Look for the tires on your left and you can't miss it. I parked the car and hiked up. I saw no tires and after passing the FAA tower and the antenna cluster on the left I realized I had gone too far. If I can't miss it then it should stand out right? He did mention tires. Hm. Hard T with an S at the end. Could it be towers? It was. Nestled to the left of the cluster of antennas up a small side road. Peaceful hike in the moonlight.
Posted Nov 25, 2012 12:31 am

chadbwTenth HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2012

chadbw

Drove up to the top. The drive was probably the prettiest part. Not that I have anything against radio antennae, but, well, you know.
Posted Aug 29, 2012 1:00 pm

huskertriguyNot as bad as advertised  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012

huskertriguy

First of an assault on the "Southern 6-Pack."

Meant to get up there the day prior, but a series of events left me arriving in Cumberland in the dark. Stories of a creepy summit kept me at bay, so I stayed at the America's Best Value in Cumberland (this I cannot recommend).

The drive up was pleasant and beautiful - sure, the summit may not be much, but the area is gorgeous (minus the strip mine just over the border).

I got no feelings of creepy-ness on my visit. Stop through some of the area burgs and visit with the locals. They are fascinating, decent, hard-working people.

SHP #24
Posted Aug 21, 2012 8:05 pm

Outdooraholic#21  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2012

Outdooraholic

My 21st state highpoint!
Posted Aug 13, 2012 9:26 pm

IbswohaHP #4
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

Ibswoha

Decided to do this one on the way back home from a 50 miler backpacking trip to snag Mt. Roger's. The drive up is nice. Can't say the same about any other aspect of this highpoint. At least it's done.
Posted Jul 29, 2012 8:04 pm

mattdalmanHP #28  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

mattdalman

This was the last highpoint of a 5 highpoint road trip. At least they have a plaque on the summit now so you can read about Black Mountain.
Posted May 30, 2012 10:23 pm

TrailtrekerNJShort Detour  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2012

TrailtrekerNJ

While the car temperature gauge was registering 18 F and there was snow flurries I was able to drive up to and park at the FAA Long Range Facility point. From there I walked the short road to the high point. After taking pictures returned to car and continued the drive along VA/KY - 160.
Posted Jan 22, 2012 1:49 pm

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