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kavakAppalachia Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 1985


My wife and son were with me on this one. They did not have any interest in the summit at the time, so I hiked the short distance on my own. When I returned there was a pickup next to my car. I went over to talk with them and they told me it wasn't safe to leave my family in the car there. I wasn't completely sure what they meant by that but we left there with somewhat of a loss of innocence in the highpointing world.
Posted Jul 1, 2008 10:17 am

2skinnersHP # 14  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008
Originally planned to do 3 Highpoints this weekend but weather and time became a factor. Originally was going to forget this one for VA & TN but ended up doing this one when thunderstorms and lots of rain were called for VA. My wife and I had just avoided a thunderstorm in TN and drove our way to the top of this HP. The drive was pretty, the summit was not. It still was better than Delewares' (mainly because nobody was watching me take a picture of myself up here, so I didn't have to be embarrassed) Found the benchmark under the tower. Glad to be done with this one. Alot of driving for 2 days!!
Posted Jun 29, 2008 11:44 pm

IlafanMilk snake and coal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008


I liked this HP despite breaking my damn camera while climbing the fire tower. I saw my first ever poisonous snake here...a beautiful copperhead. Ooops. Not a copperhead, but still beautiful. It was a milk snake.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 8:46 pm

Tracy19th state highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2008


I drove to the top and found a survey marker (benchmark) under the rickety old tower on what has been described as the true highpoint. Views from the top of the old tower are pretty good (the bottom ten feet of stairs are missing). There was country music blaring from inside one of the equipment shelter buildings, but no one else was around.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 12:06 am

tiogaDead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2008


Climbed up from Rt 160 along the paved service road. Saw a van with a Nebraska license coming down as I was going up. I'm sure they were highpointers, as I am. The top was a little disgusting, but the walk through the woods reminding me a lot of Northern PA, where I am from. Everything was still dead and spring had not yet sprung on the higher elevations of these mountains.
Posted Apr 21, 2008 1:39 pm

jimeganBLACK MTN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2007


Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:28 pm

eric-grizIllegal visit
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006


I didn't sign the waiver! Take that King Coal!!!
Posted Nov 9, 2007 8:17 pm

weeds19Litter central  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2003


The summit was quite trashed on my visit, but the views were nice and litter can be picked up easily.
Posted Sep 27, 2007 12:47 am

Tbacon2519-11 Memorial  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007


Scott Shoemaker and I climbed to KY's highest point on behalf of the law enforcement climbing team, "COPS ON TOP". This was done in honor of the people who died in the 9-11 attacks as well as the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in 2007.
Posted Sep 18, 2007 11:20 pm

rkrevaldOur Sixteenth HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007


My dog Spanky and I made it to the top of Black Moutain, KY on a beutiful sunny day. The summit is a little dissapointing - basically an antenna farm. However, the hike up through the dense, green hardwood forest was enjoyable. Not much of a view from the top. The drive up from VA was extremely scenic.

Please check out our trip report at http://50summits.blogspot.com
Posted Jun 14, 2007 7:23 am

chilkootNot a pretty peak.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 1992


Absolutely the ugliest of the state highpoints I've been on (35). Interesting drive up from Virginia.
Posted Apr 15, 2007 11:14 pm

The edgeHP #24  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2002

The edge

Second of two... in the same day!!;
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:32 pm

lizrdboyFun to find  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 1998


Nice part of the country. It was good to have an excuse to go there.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 3:32 am

CRiedel2Highpoint #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2006


Drove to Black Mountain from Gloucester, Virginia. Nice, scenic drive from Abingdon, Virginia. Summit leaves a lot to be desired; A small industrial wasteland up there unfortunately. Highpoint #4.
Posted Dec 24, 2006 5:59 am

surgentYuck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2000


Trashed. Maybe things have improved since. Just there to mark it off my state HP list.
Posted Oct 19, 2006 8:06 pm

osatrikFamily Highpoints Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 1987


In 1987 our family did a highpoints driving trip and hit Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky's high points. This was our fifth in four days, back before the land owners required you to send in a release form. It was the 27th of my 49 state high points, and number 26 for Vanessa, number 13 for Hillary and Holly.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 5:50 am

royswkrSide road to fire tower gated, bottom steps missing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 1991
Posted Aug 8, 2006 10:53 pm

gwave477th Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2006


Parked the car on 160 and walked the paved road to the top. Climbed through the gate and over to the summit tower, you couldn't climb the tower so I just took a quick pic in front of it as proof that I made it to the "very" top.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 1:29 am

NavySeabeeRoute Climbed: Summit Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2005


Got here from Grayson Highlands Park and Mount Rogers in less than 3 hours, but must say its the most disappointing highpoint that I have been to and that includes Ebright Azimuth in Delaware. The FAA dome and antennas are a nice touch...not. Least they could do is restore the observation tower. Oh well, check this box HP #7.
Posted Jul 21, 2006 10:50 pm

Holsti97Black Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2006


Drove to Appalachia, KY from Mount Rogers, VA shortly before dark. Drove up steep and curvy Hwy. 160 to the dirt road. Road very rough. Parked and hiked to the summit. Very trashy summit. I seriously considered cleaning the area up, but it was getting dark. Found benchmark and left. HP #12.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 11:23 am

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