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Ascent of Mount Helderberg on 2014-04-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Mount Helderberg
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1822 ft / 555 m

Ascent Trip Report

A drive-up with a short dirt road walk .... .5 miles, 30 minutes RT.

Mount Heldeberg is capped with huge/major Communication Facilities for the Capital Region. There are 3 sites (south, north and west), all with buildings and communication towers. The HP is at the north site. Access is had on a good un-gated dirt road, can be driven to the top.

After Cole Hill we drove north to Hwy#443 (Bensons Corners), then east on #443 to the intersection #443/#303(Pinnacle Road), where we turned left and followed #303 north (going through Wolf Hill) for 2 miles to a left turn onto Tower #3 Lane. We drove the dirt road .4 miles to the south site and parked the van.

I walked/climbed north 300 yards to the north site, signed "Tower 3 Lane, Berne NY, Pinnacle Mountain Transmitter Site". The obvious high ground is at the north-east side. A Witness Post Survey Marker with its BM marks the spot "USC&G HELDEBERG 1938", my GPS 42.62746,-74.01030 (?? not close to that of PB ??).
Went over to visit the west tower site before descending back to the van.

This was our 6th and the last summit of the day, we drove back to our hotel in Schenectady for the night. Tomorrow the plan is to drive home, stopping in at Mont Saint-Hilaire in QC for our 60th visit .... the goal is 100 visits.

We came down here primarily to get away from the snow. This wasn't the case, snow still existed at higher elevations .... should have gone further south, perhaps county high pointing in MD.


"SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE BOTTOM OF THE CLIMB AND THE SUMMIT IS THE ANSWER TO THE MYSTERY AS TO WHY WE CLIMB." .......... greg child
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:42 ft / 13 m
    Elevation Loss:42 ft / 13 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:42 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:drive up from pinnacle rd with short hike
    Trailhead:pinnacle road  1780 ft / 542 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:42 ft / 13 m
    Route:drive up from pinnacle rd with short hike
    Trailhead:pinnacle road  1780 ft / 542 m



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