Ascent of Fir Mountain on 2012-09-21

Climber: Matt Sedlak

Date:Friday, September 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fir Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3620 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

Almost didn't make it to the trail head because of washouts along Co Rd 47 (Neversink rd.) but made it to PA after some waiting - no one else at PA. Trail up to Lean-To was nice but is narrower after lean-to. Lots of washed out sections along Biscuit Brook with deep piles of sand from flooding. In fact whole foreat looked washed - must have been some real heavy rain up ther ein the past week. Herd path to Big Indian was very clear but steep in places. Signed the canister log book. Long bush whack over to Fir - I did pretty well staying on the high land and hitting the col but I did too much back and forth corrections along the way. Signed the Fir cansiter log book and headed down the shoulder of Fir to the lean-to. Again too many corrections, but then settled on paralleling the high ground just to the West and then moving back East as I dropped below a ledge paralleling the ledge for a ways - and repeat. This seemd to help avoid the big drop off ledges. Didn't see a soul in the woods all day, but man were there a lot of quail or partridge on the way up Big Indian - must have had a dozen take off as I hiked along. 11 mile hike, 2900 foot ascent overall, averaged 1.7 mph.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1570 ft / 478 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Col btwn Big Indian and Fir  3200 ft / 975 m
    Time:1 Hours 7 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1570 ft / 478 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Bushwhack + Pine Hill West Branch
    End Trailhead:Biscuit Brook PA  2050 ft / 624 m
    Time:2 Hours 2 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Cat BigIndian and Fir

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Big Indian Mountain2012-09-21 a1650 ft / 503 m
2Fir Mountain2012-09-21 b420 ft / 128 m
Total Trip Gain: 2070 ft / 631 m    Total Trip Loss: 2070 ft / 631 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Sedlak
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