Ascent of Mount Matumbla on 2011-12-03

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Saturday, December 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Matumbla
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2688 ft / 819 m

Ascent Trip Report

Snowmobile trail from Pitchfork Pond went directly west crossing roads that were driven by hunters, mid-section of the trail was driven as well with tire tracks in a snow dusted road arriving at the topo road which runs parallel to the mountain summit. I suggest going west along this final road to avoid a band of steep cliff and ledge to make an end-run to get up a still steep enough quarter mile of tree trunk pulling-upward terrain to a more level ground of a few hundred yards of waist high meadow-like spruce in sketchy blowdown. Tree at summit was faded red and axe blazed, a few yards from Ben's "bump with a huge 6 foot high erratic rock". A flurry of gunshots at twilight getting back to trailhead, wearing orange did not meet or hear hunters otherwise, except along Pitchfork Pond Road littered with hunters' trucks. Three hunting camps along the snowmobile trail, one at both ends of the trail going west with another in the middle. An easy road walk of 2.71 miles in just over an hour to less than a mile of mostly open, steep woods and bushwack to summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1083 ft / 330 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1083 ft / 330 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1083 ft / 330 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Pitchfork Pond Snowmobile Trail & Bushwack
    Start Trailhead:Pitchfork Pond  1605 ft / 489 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1083 ft / 330 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6 km
    Route:Bushwack & Pitchfork Pond Snowmobile Trail
    End Trailhead:Pitchfork Pond  1605 ft / 489 m
    Time:2 Hours 14 Minutes

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