Everesting Clingman’s Dome

4th time at the top of Clingman's Dome. One more to go! #everesting

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Panoramic photo from the Clingman's Dome tower overlook panning from northwest to the southeast with Mt Leconte prominent in the center and the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area to its left.Panoramic photo from the Clingman’s Dome tower panning from northwest to the southeast with Mt Leconte prominent in the center and the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area to its left.

Looking back down the steep path to the Clingman's Dome parking lot at the end of my 4th repeat.Looking back down the steep path to the Clingman’s Dome parking lot on my 4th repeat.

Quick Summary

Distance: 218.6 miles
Total ascent: 29,547 feet
Moving time: 17 hours, 10 minutes
Elapsed time: 20 hours, 47 minutes
Avg temp: 34 degF
Strava segment: Little River Rd to Clingman’s Dome Tower Correct Elevation Gain

It took nearly 21 hours, over 6 hours longer than I was anticipating as a worst case scenario, but I climbed to the highest point in Tennessee five times plus a sixth partial lap to reach the elevation of Mount Everest. It was quite the adventure … read on to hear all the details!

Raised relief map zoomed to Clingman's DomeRaised relief map zoomed to Clingman’s Dome.

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Lake Martin, Auburn, Tuskegee century this weekend!

New Water Ministries

Don’t pack up your bike yet! The Alabama Backroads Century season maybe over, but there is still at least one more good century ride this year coming up in Alabama. I’m excited to be the guest speaker at a fundraiser for New Water Ministries, which is hosting a century ride (with 30, 60, and 100 mile route options). I’ll also be riding the century the next day. Come join me for a fun weekend of riding Friday and Saturday November 6th and 7th. Here are the details:

http://newwater.com/project/cycling-event/

The pre-ride dinner event, and the century ride both start at the New Water Ministries property on Lake Martin. Free lodging is available Friday night, but you must make a reservation. See details at the link above.

Address: 460 Civitan Road, Dadevile Alabama, 36853
Nov 6 – Friday night dinner: 7 PM
Nov 7 – Saturday morning ride: 8 AM

There are route maps available at the event website. I will be riding down to the dinner on Friday (115ish miles) and then riding back after the century (150ish miles). Let me know if you want to join me on the ride down there or ride back. Also, I have created a topocreator map of the 100 mile century route. Check it out below, and hope to see you there on Friday (and/or Saturday)!

Hi-res topographic map of the New Water Ministries Century Ride (November 7th, 2015) Hi-res topographic map of the New Water Ministries Century Ride (November 7th, 2015)