Ascent of Panther Mountain on 2011-01-01

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Panther Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3720 ft / 1133 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a way to start the new year. Started up the trailhead at 9:30 and was pleased to see a few parties were on the hike ahead of me. I didn't have snowshoes so I was hoping they would be breaking trail. Within 1/2 of a mile, there was a 50 foot stretch of 30 degree seep ice covering the trail. Crampons on, climb over, crampons off. This was basically the status quo the whole way up Giants Ledge and Panther. It slowed down the pace considerably. Climbing up Giants Ledge I passes a few of the parties that started ahead of me. Views from Giants Ledge were excellent, as advertises. On top of Giants Ledge I contacted The Great Explorer at the Alpine Inn and advised her of my adjusted ETA, as the icy and snow covered scrambles were eating up time. Coming down of Giants Ledge I passed the last of the parties that started before me. Now I was breaking trail and occasionally post holing. Gained the summit of Panther around noon. I searched around for a register that I later found was not there, then headed back down. The conditions were very different coming back down. The ice was now melting and it was very slushy and slippery. I kept the crampons off and made great time coming back, finishing the 3 miles in around an hour.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1960 ft / 596 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Phonecia-East Branch trail to Giants Ledge-Panther
    Trailhead:Phonecia-East Branch Trailhead  2160 ft / 658 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Panther Mountain (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Giant Ledge2011-01-011040 ft / 317 m
2Panther Mountain2011-01-011960 ft / 597 m
Total Trip Gain: 3000 ft / 914 m    Total Trip Loss: 3000 ft / 914 m

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