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Ascent of Snowy Mountain on 2010-07-21

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Date:Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snowy Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3898 ft / 1188 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was confronted with yet another relatively warm, humid day for my ascent of Snowy Mountain. The trail is in a fair state of repair and I was truly impressed with just how low-impact the first 2.5 miles of the trail are. The final mile+ was pretty much as it had been described in various guide books--relentless elevation gain through a washed-out creek bed. Despite some rain dampness to the trail during my ascent, I found the conditions on the final push quite pleasant for a hike of such difficulty. I reached the summit in about 2 hours, 15 minutes and had grand--though slightly hazy--views from both the summit lookout and the tree-shrouded fire tower. My descent was accompanied by a robust rainstorm with some thunder, though the rain proved refreshing. Despite the slippery first portion of the descent, I made it back to the trailhead in 1 hour, 30 minutes...
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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