Hump Mountain

Event Date: 
Fri, Nov 01 (All day) to Sun, Nov 03 (All day)

When: Friday, November 1 thru Sunday November 3, 2013.

Details: Hump Mountain. Backpack on the AT.  Rated strenuous for temperature; residual or fresh snow; and elevation gain/loss.  Not scouted.

Note: I provide nothing but the plan absent prior arrangements with me.  Bring your own gear and food or arrange prior to departure to share.  Please arrange your own car pools.

            Hump Mt, Little and Big, are located east of the Barn Shelter on the AT. 

We will take the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) from our parking area in Roaring Creek Valley, at the base of Big Yellow Mt. and about a mile from the Barn shelter.  Yellow Mt. Gap is the highest point on the OVNHT at 4,682 ft.  The OVNHT extends from Abingdon, VA, to Kings Mt.  It is named for the Overmountain Men, a group of patriots from TN, VA and NC, who hiked through Yellow Mountain Gap in the dead of winter to join the revolutionary forces that decisively defeated the British loyalist troops at Kings Mt, SC, on October 7, 1781.  A plaque at the gap commemorates their feat.

Little and Big Hump Mts are not to be missed!  We pick up the AT at Yellow Mt Gap and ascend, to the right/east, very steeply, to the top of

Little Hump (5,459 ft).  We continue on the AT down Little Hump into Bradley Gap (4,960 ft) where there is a spring and camp sites.  Saturday we will day hike to and beyond, as time permits, Big Hump (5,587 ft).  From Bradley Gap to the top of Big Hump is another huge climb.

The number of participants and finding a safe place to leave a vehicle at 19E on the east end of this section of the AT may permit a through-hike.  Otherwise, we will do an out-and-back.

The AT through this section is reported to be exposed with vistas.  The bald on Big Hump provides a vast sweep of the mountains of NC and TN including Roan High Knob, Grandfather Mt and as far away as Mt Rogers on a clear day.

Group Size: Limited depending on destination and experience of participants.  $25 (per each person in a group/family) refundable-at-the-trail head deposit required.  More information on the Sierra Club web page

Directions: Our travel route is southwest of Boone to Cranberry, NC, to the end of the road at the foot of Big Yellow Mt. where we will park vehicles.

More details upon inquiry.

Contact Information: Jerry Weston most mornings or (home and checked in the afternoons before

5:00 p.m.) or 336-856-1431. Telephone calls before 9:00 PM please.