Ascent of Dix Mountain on 2021-06-07
|Date:||Monday, June 7, 2021|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||4823 ft / 1470 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor several reasons this was a tough hike for me, out of shape, very hot day, dive bombed by mosquitoes and big horse fllys all day
Got started on the trail about 5:30 a.m. and made good time to the shelter where I took a long break and made use of the privy. Mosquitoes were bad around Round Pond. Continued to make good time up to the slide. The sun was blazing out in the open and I suddenly got very hot. It’s an intimidating view from there. I figured out later it’s 1500 feet to the summit in under a mile. It looks it too.
I struggled entire way from there, taking lots of breaks and sometimes at nearly a standstill. It eases up as you hit the ridge and you start getting some awesome views. Dix is high and you can see everything. I sat down for a break at the summit at 10:30. I finished one full water bottle and realized that I might not have enough.
The descent to the shelter was easier than I thought it would be but the horse flys were attacking my ears which was unpleasant. I saw two hikers from PA just below the slide going up, the only people I saw all day. I took another long break and started the march back towards Round Pond. I think it was 90 degrees and I felt it. I took another long break at the Noonmark junction and finished my water. I had a filter with me and Should have used it along that stream, but I just kept moving and that was a mistake. Every uphill section, there are only a few, .crushed me and I really needed water. But I made it, finally. Much longer than I had figured due to the fact that I moved pretty quickly to start the day. I didn’t pull out of the parking area until 4:00. Some lessons learned, get in shape, bring bug spray, carry more water.
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