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Ascent of Mount Greylock on 2010-01-16

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 16, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Greylock
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:3487 ft / 1062 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a surprisingly excellent climb! This peak exceeded my expectations since it is the highest peak in Massachusetts after all. The road is thankfully closed in winter leaving this gem open to skiers, snowboarders, and hikers. While I did hear some snowmobiles, I only saw 1, which is pretty good. I took the Thunderbolt Trail straight up from the trailhead. I hiked up with some snowboarders who were hiking up to board down. I saw a number of telemark skiers on the trail as well. Apparently there will be a telemark competition here in a few weeks. The trail is steep but short. 2200 feet of vertical in 2 miles! That rivals the Wasatch for steepness! I made it up in 2 hours. The summit is very windy and cold. The slide down on my snowshoes took 1 hr 15 min. I didn't need the axe and crampons at all and only chose to slide down in my snowshoes because I figured it would be quicker than just in my boots. The trail was well packed down. Overall, a great hike despite the crowds. This was the final climb of my Berkshire/Taconic trip, as it was unplanned since I had more time than I thought I would.

Another easy drive-up thwarted by my need to truly earn the summit by hiking it in the winter via a route requiring actual hiking/climbing....
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2287 ft / 697 m
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2287 ft / 697 m
    Route:Thunderbolt Trail
    Trailhead:1200 ft / 365 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Berkshire/TaconicTrip '10 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Everett2010-01-15 a
2Mount Race2010-01-15 b
3Round Mountain2010-01-15 c
4Mount Frissell2010-01-15 d
5Mount Frissell-South Slope2010-01-15 e
6Brace Mountain-North Peak2010-01-15 f
7Brace Mountain2010-01-15 g
10Round Mountain2010-01-16 a
11Mount Greylock2010-01-16 b



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