Ascent of Esther Mountain on 2015-03-15

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dad
Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, March 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Esther Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4239 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Snowshoe up with Dad and Dan. Dad's first official winter hike. I count this as his second high peak because he has summitted Whiteface before by cross-country skiing up the road, then snowshoeing the Wilmington Trail from where it meets the road near the summit. Dad decided not to summit Whiteface and just started walking down the road because he was fatigued. Dan and I continued to snowshoe up the final section of the Wilmington Trail to the top of Whiteface.

We came down the stairs and changed our gear at the benches at the top of the road. We put on our cross-country skis and put away our snowshoes. The snow on the top section of the road had horrible snow drifts. It was very ice in spots and the snow was several feet deep in other; very difficult to manage with cross-country skis. After the Wilmington Curve the snow cover was much more manageable. We finally met up with Dad about a mile after the Lake Placid turn. He was still walking and hadn't yet put his skis on. Dan helped him swap his gear and the 3 of us skied down to Dad's truck at the toll booth.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Part of Trip: Esther and Whiteface (1)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Esther Mountain2015-03-15 
2Whiteface Mountain2015-03-15 

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