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Sarah SimonWith The Doubles  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2010

Sarah Simon

Didn't find anything creepy about the summmit or the denizens, but I'm part Kentuckian, so folks from the hills just don't bother me, I guess. Ran into two workers who were trying to resolve that all the summit structures had been broken into. Said good morning and joked about shootin' guns...they were friendly fellas. Beautiful frost on all the trees from the cold, damp night before. With my Mom & Dad, my husband, and my Sister & her husband and my nephew. :) Neat to get back to our roots. :)
Posted Nov 26, 2010 9:23 pm

kteichertHP #19  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2010


Summitted at 9:00 pm. Really enjoyed the drive from big stone gap to the summit. Didn't run into any miners but had the waiver in hand ready to present. Snapped a pic of the plaque and headed for Virginia.
Posted Nov 5, 2010 10:24 am

SpindleOne more on the way home  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2010


Last one on a road/peakbagging trip. Drove most of the way, parked, and walked the last few yards up in a soaking rain. Definitely not the most picturesque.
Posted Sep 22, 2010 10:13 pm

BConleyHP #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010


Drove up in the pouring rain. Not hard to find. Road to the top isnt that bad, narrow in spots but paved with a few pot holes. Walked the final quarter mile or so to the summit. Summit marker easy to find as described.
Posted Sep 14, 2010 2:43 pm

xDoogiexHP #18  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2010


What hotoven said. lots of broken glass and sketchyness on top
Posted Aug 15, 2010 12:34 am

HotovenHP # 33!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2010


Drive up to the top. had to doge construction crews along the way. At the top there was a tower and little building there. Someone had the radio on in the building even though it looked abandon. Got some photos and left that creepy place.
Posted Aug 11, 2010 4:04 pm

jeffh25HP # 23  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2010


I don't want to say that the place should be a park instead of a coal mine, cause I signed a piece of paper saying I wouldn't but... Let's just say the place has a lot of potential.
Posted Jul 29, 2010 9:36 pm

Bark Eatervisit after work  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2010

Bark Eater

Drove up after a day working in Kingsport. It was a pleasant and quiet summer evening on top. Had the whole top of the mountain to myself. Not as trashed as some previous posters had observed. I enjoyed visiting the area. #17.
Posted Jul 14, 2010 5:05 pm

chilkootNo improvement  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2010


This was my second trip to the top. The first was in 1992 and I was no more impressed with the summit this time than the last. At least I had a working camera with me this time (ran out of film on the previous trip. This was my only highpoint out of the 43 that I have done without a picture to show for it. VA 160 is much better maintained now than I remember it and we only saw the remains of one car over the cliff, whereas I think we saw three there in '92. I was able to drive right up to the summit circle. In my book this highpoint competes with Mississippi's for the ugliest summit with the most broken glass strewn about.
Posted Jul 11, 2010 9:28 pm

highlandvillagerBleak Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2010


Started down the wrong road with wife, kids, and dogs in tow, then returned to the overlook area and walked up the summit road with my dog Maggie. We avoided being run over by 4-wheelers and illegal dumpers only to interrupt what looked like a klan meeting at the top. At least I got a healthy dose of radiation from the FAA radar! HP25
Posted Jun 7, 2010 4:22 pm

sgb02dFound It  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2010


It was a little spooky driving up the steep winding road in a raincloud. Don't expect to be awarded with a view. Just play it as a scavenger hunt to find the summit and you will have a good time.
Posted May 4, 2010 10:14 am

WoundedKneeStretched my legs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2010


Walked the road from KY-160. I didn't think it was as bad as some have posted, but certainly not worth a long trip unless you're a state HPer.
Posted Apr 13, 2010 6:51 am

IHaveArrivedHP #11  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2009


The only exciting thing about this high point was meeting up on that narrow road with a large truck and a driver that looked like he wanted to kill me.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 2:25 am

maddie77777I wish they'd do more for this HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2009


I really wish they'd do more for this hike, but the most exciting/scary thing was that at the top, there was a small building.........and there was banjo bluegrass music coming out of it. A nice little Deliverance moment to start our day.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 6:15 pm

mlandau3A Weird Place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009


An exciting drive up to the trailhead (from the Virginia side), but the FAA tower was really strange.
Posted Jul 19, 2009 12:14 pm

mad maximusNothing to see ...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

mad maximus

Boring HP. Not much to see... short walk uphill.
Posted May 28, 2009 5:08 pm

RedwicNice Way To End The Day...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2009


After having already summited multiple other peaks and hiked many miles of trails earlier in the day, this was a pleasant way to end the day. Rather than drive to the summit, I walked the final 0.1-mile up to the summit area (What a workout!!! lol). I then looked for, and found, the USGS Benchmark.

This was State Highpoint #37 for me, overall.
Posted May 27, 2009 2:32 am

LMatallanaAmazing Race  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009
Justin Boyle HP #6, Luis Matallana HP #7
3 of 6 HPs for the weekend. This HP does look like a construction site.
Posted Apr 3, 2009 11:50 pm

skinnywhitecomicHP #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


This took forever to find, because GoogleMaps got me lost. I eventually made it to the tower at 9:30 at night. But since I couldn't see anything, and it was scary being up there by myself at night, I stayed just long enough to get a picture in front of the tower and get the hell out of there. I do wish I had gotten a picture of the USGS marker.
Posted Sep 1, 2008 4:34 pm

ChinigoHP #8 - short walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2003


I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 3 yrs old) did this as part of our second family HP trip.

Not exactly a beautiful mountaintop.
Posted Aug 19, 2008 1:59 pm

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