Mount Mitchell Climber's Log

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Markeymark - Aug 22, 2002 5:07 pm

Route Climbed: Road Date Climbed: April 30, 2002  Sucess!

I did this as a drive-up. There is a lot of scenery on the way and at the top, making the drive well worth it.

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - Jun 6, 2002 9:12 pm

Route Climbed: Road from Spartenburg SC (bike) Date Climbed: May 19, 1991  Sucess!

Summitted in 7:46:58 at the end of a 100 mile bike race, climbing at 7 MPH for the last 25 miles in 50 deg. temps. It rained most of the day. This was my third hard event in 3 weekends with a 1/2 Ironman last week and a 170 mile bike race the week before (90 F and humid). I did a sprint triathlon the next weekend and then I was really sick with a fever about 3 days later and spent a day in the hospital. Maybe I was overtraining?


Bodhi - Mar 15, 2002 5:56 am

Route Climbed: Black Mountain Campground (via Trail # 190) Date Climbed: 12.8.2001  Sucess!

For an East Coast mountain .. this one

can put the hurt on you. We summitted

in very poor conditions and was not able

to enjoy the view from the summit.

Climbed with wife & best friend & man's

best friend (dog). We spent a long, windy

night in tent city about 800' below summit.

There is a VERY good backcountry camp

@ approx 5,800' called Commissary Ridge

that has incredible views w/ good water

sources. Hang your food here in trees!

This ascent came after a disappointing

unsuccessful attempt in March 2001.

We were hit with well over 2 feet of snow -

a good 2,000' below the summit. We ran

out of daylight & decided to turnaround. This

mountain is great for training & prepping

in the winter months.

Summitted Mount Mitchell three times now

out of four attempts. Best summit ever was

in October 2000 with Fall leaves changing &

one incredible harvest moon.


John - Sep 7, 2001 12:51 am

Route Climbed: Summit Road Date Climbed: April 5, 1998  Sucess!

I basically drove to the top here (luckily the road is free unlike Mount Washington). Coming from Boston it was mission:impossible to find any decent hiking information in stores at the time (REI, EMS, etc.) and I didn't have any time to pick up information locally. When I got to the park office, I was able to buy the Mount Mitchell State Park Map which they thankfully have on their website now (link listed on the Mountain Page under the "Getting There" section). Unfortunately the AMC "NC Hiking Trails" book listed in the Books section does not have any good topo maps for Mount Mitchell - unlike the AMC White Mountain Guide (NH) which has excellent topos for the Whites. A trip report is available at the bottom of this page.

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