Ascent of Fir Mountain on 2011-12-31

Climber: Ed Wandall

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fir Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3620 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a pure bushwhack. We stay at the Alpine Inn every New Years and I had been hankering to climb Fir, as it is right behind the Inn. It was damp when I started and just got wetter until I hit the snow line. I heard there was a manway or herd path on the north spur, but I never found it. Saw bear track, lots of deer sign, and some sort of smallish cat (bobcat?) tracks. Tried to take the direct line down, but ran into some rocky areas where I needed to scramble. Finally I dropped down to an old forest road which dropped me out to the road a half mile above the Alpine Inn. Exhausting three hours (and change).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2070 ft / 630 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2070 ft / 630 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2070 ft / 630 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:North Spur
    Start Trailhead:Alpine Inn  1550 ft / 472 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2070 ft / 630 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    End Trailhead:Alpine Inn  1550 ft / 472 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ed Wandall
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