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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

chilkoot

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

highlandvillager

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

sgb02d

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

WoundedKnee

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

IHaveArrived

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

maddie77777

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

mlandau3

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

Redwic

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

skinnywhitecomic

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

Chinigo

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

kavakAppalachia Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 1985

kavak

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

2skinners

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

Ilafan

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

Tracy

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

tioga

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

jimegan

HARD PART WAS FINDING IT ON DRIVE FROM MT ROGERS, VA. YOU SHOULD GET PRIOR PERMISSION FROM OWNERS. HP#46
Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:28 pm

eric-grizIllegal visit
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006

eric-griz

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

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