Ascent of North Dome on 2012-03-23

Climber: Matt Sedlak

Date:Friday, March 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Dome
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3610 ft / 1100 m

Ascent Trip Report

Early morning was cloudy but late morning and afternnon was sunny. This was a true bushwhack or more appropriately a "peoplewhack", First car at PA and on the way up the trail in the hemlocks saw what I believe now to have been a fischer cat - all black, moved very fast, thick bushy tail almost as long as its body. It did not hang around long at all. Left the trail at its second meeting with Mill Brook and bushwhacked through the numerous ledges up to the height of the NorthEast shoulder nd then up to the summit where I signed in at the canister. Shortly after that Paul and Jim arrived - they started after me but obviously moved quicker. With an invite to join them the three of us whacked to Sherrill, which wasn't too bad except I think we each circled the canister once before finding it! Nice lunch, good conversation and we decided to bushwhack North of ND to avoid climbing the peak again - let me put it this way - in hindsight it might have been better to go over the top as the bushwhacking on our course was intense. Perserverance won out and we hit the trail a little North of our intent and back to the cars.

A fun hike in all with pleasant company (thanks Paul and Jim) and a gorgeous day.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1760 ft / 536 m
    Total Elevation Loss:866 ft / 263 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1760 ft / 536 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Devils Path + Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Mink Hollow PA  1850 ft / 563 m
    Time:1 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:866 ft / 263 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.9 km
    End Trailhead:col btwn ND and Sherrill  2744 ft / 836 m
    Time:1 Hours 33 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: CAT ND & Sherrill

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Dome2012-03-23 a1760 ft / 536 m
2Mount Sherrill2012-03-23 b800 ft / 244 m
Total Trip Gain: 2560 ft / 780 m    Total Trip Loss: 2556 ft / 779 m

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