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Ascent of Seymour Mountain on 2006-06-04

Climber: Luc Tremblay

Date:Sunday, June 4, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Seymour Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4091 ft / 1246 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following our success on Colvin & Blake, Daniel and I decided to try visiting the Adirondack once a month, in order to seriously start adding check marks to the traditional list of the 46 peaks over 4000 ft (1219 metres) of this mountain area. We now had a third of the peaks climbed. We figured that we needed to try to complete the peaks furthest from the road and herd path peaks, during the good season. We set out for Seymour. Its parking is far from Montréal; it has a long approach on the Blueberry Trail as well as an unmarked herd path from the marked trail to the summit. Weather forecasts called for about 50% chance of showers. That did not sound ideal, but not that bad either.

We departed early from Montréal, but the parking on the west side of the high peaks region takes longer to get to. We signed the register and started walking on a large horse trail. We had numerous small streams to cross. Some required the longest jump we could muster. The trail was very muddy, and our boots and gaiters were soon all blackened. In other places the trail was flooded, forcing us to walk on the side of the trail, in the leaves, but sometimes the leaves were only floating on top of the water. Then it started to rain! I quickly pointed out that the forecasts were only showers, so it should not last. The ‘shower’ lasted until we reached the car at the end of the day. It was continuous rain all day!

When we reached the cairn indicating the herd path to the summit, I felt damp but my feet were still dry, Daniel was not so lucky. Up to now, the trail had been undulating, at more or less the same altitude, but now we started climbing. The herd path cut at a right angle from the trail more or less strait for the summit. The herd path was not difficult to follow. All we had to do is go up the mud rut that had a couple of inches of water running down its middle. By the time we reached the summit, my boots had given in and my feet were also wet.

The summit god had pity on us and we had a short break from the rain. We ate, took pictures and started back down. Coming down the herd path was tough in spots, with some greasy parts. The long trail back to the car was easier than on the way in because we did not care about getting wet. We hiked right in the middle of the trail in the water and mud. I still jumped over the small streams running towards Ward Brook. Daniel just kept his pace not bothering.

The rain stopped when we reached the car. It allowed us to change into dry clothes, we always leave in the car. I also had brought a couple of cans of beer in an ice pack, that we enjoyed while drying off.

It took us 10 hours to cover 22 km (13 ½ miles) and gained a total vertical height of 850 meters (2800 ft).

Many think that peak-bagging is silly. Daniel and I discussed a couple of good points. It forces hikers to go off the beaten track and explore remote peaks that would not see many souls otherwise. Rather than having two or three hundred persons climbed Marcy, Algonquin and Giant on a nice Saturday, half are scattered on the 43 other peaks making it more enjoyable for all. Not counting the ones hiking or not turning back before the summit on not so nice day because they want to bag one. We set out that morning, not only to spend a day hiking in the mountains, but also to check a summit off the list. I need this little extra push sometimes to get myself up at 4h45 and drive 2 to 3 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2789 ft / 849 m
    Extra Gain:217 ft / 66 m
    Distance:13.7 mi / 22 km
    Trailhead:Corey's Road Parking  1736 ft / 529 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads



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