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Ascent of South Dix on 1987-10-31

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:G Hebert
Date:Saturday, October 31, 1987
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Dix
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4068 ft / 1239 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trail and herd path hike to 5 Peaks ..... 13 miles, 9h15 hours RT.

Guy and I left home at 3h15 hours arriving at the Elk Lake TH parking at 6h00 hours, no snow on the ground. I got a speeding ticket on the way, doing 70 in a 55.

6h10 ...We left The Elk Lake TH and followed the exact route as last time to the summit of Macomb.
8h45 ... MACOMB summit, ran into last night's snow(2") half way up, got soaked and cold, fog on summit, no visibility.
9h45 ... SOUTH DIX open summit, clearing to the south. Names on register Don & Jim Belar, Don Friedlander, Ian Maclaine, Paul Beach.
10h30 ... EAST DIX open summit, weather clear to the south, good views. Found the Canister names on the register were Harold Conradi, Don Friedlander, Ian Maclaine, Paul Beach.
11h15 ... SOUTH DIX summit, found herd path to Pough/Hough fairly easy.
11h40 ... POUGH summit, wooded, didn't see a Canister.
12h30 ... HOUGH summit, sunny, storm has blown over. Super views, Guy took pictures, 20 minute snack break. Found the Canister, names in the register were Din Freidlander, Ian Maclaine, Mario Gutierrez, Matt Kiefer
Descended back to col south of Hough and found herd path descending westerly to Slide Brook Lean-to, then trail back to TH.
15h25 .... out at Elk Lake TH.

Super day but cold hands and feet, Guy and I were both very satisfied with our effort. We got home after a 15 hour day.

Our daughter Julie went to a Halloween Party with her boy friend Dave, dressed as Mickey Mouse.

"I'D RATHER BE ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN THINKING ABOUT THE CHURCH, THAN BEING IN A CHURCH THINKING ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN," ....... Norweigian saying
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:293 ft / 89 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2007 ft / 611 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:293 ft / 89 m
    Route:herd path from macomb
    Start Trailhead:elk lake parking  3775 ft / 1150 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2007 ft / 611 m
    Route:hard path to east dix
    End Trailhead:elk lake  2061 ft / 628 m
Ascent Part of Trip: mac

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Macomb Mountain1987-10-31 a2309 ft / 704 m
2South Dix1987-10-31 b293 ft / 89 m
3Grace Mountain1987-10-31 c366 ft / 112 m
4South Dix1987-10-31 d408 ft / 124 m
5Pough Peak1987-10-31 e131 ft / 40 m
6Hough Peak1987-10-31 f549 ft / 167 m
Total Trip Gain: 4056 ft / 1236 m    Total Trip Loss: 10636 ft / 3243 m



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