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Ascent of Brace Mountain on 2018-11-03

Climber: Wilder Leavitt

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brace Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2323 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

This ascent was part of my South Brace Mountain, Brace Mountain, NY-MA-CT Triple Point, CT State High Point, and Mt. Frissell climb along the South Taconic Trail starting at the Quarry Hill Road trailhead. The weather was cool, overcast with low cloud cover at higher altitude, rainy, and leaf-covered for most of the hike. Of particular note that I don't believe is documented well enough in other trip reports is that the trail becomes significantly obscured at places and very slick with Autumn leaf cover particularly in the rain. Wet rock and loose earth, especially during the first part of the ascent can be particularly difficult and challenging.

NOTE: The trail ascending the steepest part of the hike, toward the closest and highest part of the unnamed waterfall is particularly steep and hard to follow. Be very careful here as the fall risk increases greatly and route finding becomes more difficult.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:South Taconic Trail
    Trailhead:South Brace Mountain  2303 ft / 701 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Part of Trip: CT State High Point

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Brace Mountain-South Peak2018-11-03 e1353 ft / 412 m
2Brace Mountain2018-11-03 d20 ft / 6 m
3CT-MA-NY Tri-Point2018-11-03 c167 ft / 51 m
4Mount Frissell-South Slope2018-11-03 b216 ft / 66 m
5Mount Frissell2018-11-03 a79 ft / 24 m
Total Trip Gain: 1835 ft / 559 m    Total Trip Loss: 1835 ft / 559 m



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