Ascent of Fir Mountain on 2019-02-09

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, February 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fir Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3620 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

We enjoyed a crisp, windy day exploring the woods and whacking our way up and over 3 Catskill peaks starting with Fir, over to Indian and then over to Doubletop and down. Followed the trail (with very little snow) to the Biscuit Brook L2 and then began our bushwhack up the front of Fir (open woods, moderate grade). The snow gained with topo but was crusty enough to support us from Fir to Big Indian most of the time but we were glad we had snowshoes for those times we broke through! Big Indian to Doubletop includes a little bump in the woods and a nice little steep up at the end, the woods along the Double top Ridge were beautiful. From there we whacked down the gentle ridge of Dbltop until we hit a portion of Pidgeon Brook, made our crossing and maintained a line above the PP border until we reached Biscuit Brook, crossed again (toughest crossing of the day) and then climbed up a few hundred feet back to the Biscuit Brook trail to head out. Our gain for the day was ~3800' over 14+ miles. The blue skies, fun stream crossings, crunchy snow and howling wind made for a great adventure!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1875 ft / 571 m
    Total Elevation Loss:320 ft / 97 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1875 ft / 571 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1555 ft / 474 m; Extra: 320 ft / 97m
    Loss on way in:320 ft / 97 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Biscuit Brook to whack at L2
    Start Trailhead:Biscuit Brook  2065 ft / 629 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Fir - BI - Dbltop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Fir Mountain2019-02-091875 ft / 572 m
2Big Indian Mountain2019-02-09700 ft / 213 m
3Doubletop Mountain2019-02-091370 ft / 418 m
Total Trip Gain: 3945 ft / 1203 m    Total Trip Loss: 2855 ft / 870 m

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