Ascent of Slide Mountain on 2013-01-03
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, January 3, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||4180 ft / 1274 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOne other hiker in PA at 8:45 AM. Outside Temp was 10 degrees F, no wind to speak of and not too cloudy. Put on my long johns when I saw it was colder than I expected. I think the steepest part of this hike is at the very beginning in the first 0.4 miles before the trail comes to an old woods road. The entire trail from the PA to the summit of slide was packed powder with no ice - I barebooted it the entire way while carrying my stabilicers, crampons and snow shoes in or on my pack (just in case). Had several opportunities to do some Knee Hiking - what fun! Snow (off trail) was about 2 feet deep at the summit and it was quite a bit colder at the summit - could not stay long.
On the way out,I noticed someone wrote in the register something to the effect that snow shoes must be worn if you have them. What does that even mean? The one hiker ahead of me, headed for Cornell, may have put snow shoes on after a little while. The other hikers I saw on the way down, a group of 7, a couple, and a couple with a dog were all either barebooted or were using some kind of traction device (other than snow shoes). But my boots worked fine on the packed powder with maybe only two punch throughs near the side of the trail along the whole way.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1800 ft / 549 m|
| Distance:||5.4 mi / 8.7 km|
| Route:||PEB + WCS|
| Trailhead:||PA Co Rd 47 2 mi S of hairpin 2380 ft / 725 m|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Clear|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 9 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 49 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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