Ice hike on Roan Mountain scheduled Sunday

Published 2:14 pm Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy will sponsor an ice hike on Roan Mountain, beginning at 11 a.m. The 2.6 miles hike is graded moderate with an elevation gain of 600 feet. Trail conditions will be icy.
The hike will begin at Carver’s Gap and continue to Jane Balk in the Highlands of Roan. Participants will travel 2.6 miles atop the highest elevation balds in the Highlands of Roan, widely considered the most spectacular scenery along the Appalachian Trail. At the peak of Jane Bald, we will enjoy a natural, unobstructed 360-degree view.
A spokesman for the group, said, “We hope to come across hoar frost and rime ice on our hike. Hoar frost and rime ice are beautiful ice formations that appear after a cold night. However, they form in different ways. Rime ice forms on nights when a cold fog or cloud cover is present. When supercooled water droplets in the fog come in contact with a surface below freezing, the water droplets freeze on contact. On the other hand, hoar frost forms on clear nights when gaseous water vapor freezes onto a below-freezing surface, bypassing the liquid phase. While hiking, our goal will be to find these ice formations.”
Hikers are reminded that many stretches of the trail are covered with thick ice. Trekking poles are highly recommended. The weather for Sunday has high temperatures in the mid-20s with a slight chance of snow, so dress warmly.

The hike is now full, if participants would like to be added to the waitlist, please email: logan@appalachian.org.
Closed google form: https://forms.gle/bgMjBt4nmoHSvika9
Those with questions about the hike are asked to contact Logan Dye at: logan@appalachian.org.

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