Ascent of Donaldson Mountain on 2018-08-11

Climber: Christine Rounds

Date:Saturday, August 11, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Donaldson Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4108 ft / 1252 m

Ascent Trip Report

Big trip this past weekend hiking the entire Seward Range. Hired Jim Wallace to guide since the trails aren't marked. Ray Finney came along as well. The three of us hiked in Friday night at 9:15 PM and stayed at the Horse Lean-to. Reached camp around midnight and woke at 6:00 to get started. The most hilarious moment of the trip was when I discovered a skunk living in the thunder box at the campsite! When I opened the lid a movement caught my eye, but my mind couldn't register what I was seeing. I backed away immediately, but then had to go back and make sure it was really what I thought it was. The skunk wasn't bothered at all by my peeking in and was just looking to go back to sleep. It was an empty dry box, so the skunk was perfectly happy.

The three of us packed up and headed out. We reached the trail to Seymour at 7:15 and summited at 9:00am. Nice views from the lookout of the Seward Range where we were heading next. We went back down the same trail and headed to the Seward Trail. This was the most challenging part of the day for me. In hindsight I probably needed more calories to ascend Seward as I was running out of power about a mile from the top. I pushed through and then had a short break and several snacks at the summit. From there we headed to Donaldson, paused very briefly to take a picture and went right on over to Emmons. I think Jim knew we just had to get the summiting done. We snacked at Emmons and then again at Donaldson before heading back down. Picked up two college grads (Connor and Charlie) at Donaldson who wanted to hike down Calkins Trail with us as they were out of water. We had frog jumped with them throughout the day and it was nice to have new company to chat with on the long hike out.

We reached the parking lot around 8:15 so a 13 hour hiking day for us. Coming in the night before was super helpful as I am not sure I could have down all four peaks plus the in and out all in one day.
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