Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2013-01-06

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Jason Stilson
Matt Denoncour
Date:Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Jason Stilson, his girlfriend Alicia Travison, and Matt Denoncour from HRRT. Unfortunately Alicia only made it about 0.5 miles into the hike. She had never winter hiked a major mountian before and went back to the car alone. Hiked up the Zander Scott Trail. Giants Washbowl was completely frozen over and covered with snow.

Top of Giant was extremely windy! Low visability, totally in a cloud. Saw several other groups out hiking. Weather on Zander Scott Trail was pleasant, no precipiation.

Completed Giant, then went over to Rocky Peak Ridge. Stopped for lunch in the col between the two. Jason brought his stove and made us hot macaroni and cheese. To save on water, he boiled down some snow. I thought the mac and cheese was "gourmet" with parsely or something, but it turns out it was very small pine needles from the snow.

RPR was clouded in as well. Hike back down was a ton of fun...did a lot of butt sliding to cut off switchbacks. Saw a couple guys with Slidy Sleds from EMS..must go buy one.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3050 ft / 929 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Zander Scott Trail
    Trailhead:Route 73 across from Chapel Pond  1576 ft / 480 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Calm
Ascent Part of Trip: Giant & RPR (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Giant Mountain2013-01-063050 ft / 930 m
2Rocky Peak Ridge2013-01-06 
Total Trip Gain: 3050 ft / 930 m    Total Trip Loss: 3050 ft / 930 m

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