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Ascent of Rocky Peak Ridge on 2010-09-11

Climber: Jesse Quonce

Date:Saturday, September 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rocky Peak Ridge
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4390 ft / 1338 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left from the Zander Scott/Chapel Pond trailhead at 8:20am. As I pulled up, about 10 other cars were parking at the same time, so I knew I was in for a long day. I sprinted ahead of the pack, hoping for some peace and quiet on the trail. I soon realized that the laces on my left boot were stretched, and not holding my foot tight in the boot. By the time I reached the open rock face on Giant's ridge, a massive blister had opened up on my left heel. I tried duct tape, blister bandaids... everything, yet nothing worked. At the junction for the Rocky Ridge trail, I put some more duct tape on and an extra sock, and departed on the incredibly steep Rocky Ridge trail. IT IS STEEP! I finally reached the summit and enjoyed the wide-open, crystal clear, panoramic views from Rocky's summit. I finished up lunch at 12:30 and made my way for home. After reaching the col between Giant and Rocky, I knew I was in trouble. I couldn't hardly use my left foot at all to traverse the steep ascent back towards Giant. Add in the fact that EVERYONE was on their way down the trail, and it made for an extremely difficult ascent. By the time I made it back to the junction with Giant, I was too tired and hurt to make it the last .1 miles to Giant's summit. I'm glad we had already reached summit in the spring! Very glad to be done with the Giant Mountain area!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2848 ft / 868 m
    Elevation Loss:2848 ft / 868 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2848 ft / 868 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Zander Scott Trail to East Trail
    Trailhead:Route 73 @ Chapel Pond  1542 ft / 470 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2848 ft / 868 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:East Trail to Zander Scott Trail
    Trailhead:Route 73 @ Chapel Pond  1542 ft / 470 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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