Ascent of New York Mountains High Point on 2013-03-03

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:New York Mountains High Point
    Elevation:7533 ft / 2296 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a warm, windless day on Avawatz the day before, this was in direct contrast. The wind picked up over night and probably hit over 50 mph, so I got little sleep. At five a.m. it started raining, and continued for about an hour, putting me back over an hour to get started. It was chilly and the wind never ceased. I found the DPS directions vague, and at least one "intersection" it was not clear that there was, in fact, an intersection, so I followed what appeared to be the main road, which took me away from the mine mentioned in the route description. I ended up at the end of the road where there was evidence of mining activity, but not the mine I was looking for. I ascended a steep, loose slope (aren't they all?) to look out at the New York Mountains with a huge chasm (Keystone Canyon) between myself and where I wanted to be. Grr. I looked off to my left, though, and saw that I could contour around and drop down to a saddle that led to an east-west running ridge line that looked as if it would intersect the north-south running NY high point ridge line. I couldn't tell for sure, as it rose and dropped and all along the ridge were large, rocky outcroppings. But I decided to give it a go. Although not without some difficulty caused by the snow found along the way, the route went and finally I ended up at the saddle I would have been at if I'd gone the "right" way. I still had Caruthers Canyon to negotiate, which wasn't easy either, given the amount of snow still on the ground. One had to pick one's way carefully around and up while trying to avoid the rocky out croppings that abounded there, but pretty straight forward. Off to my left rose what I expected to be the high point, and I was still separated from it by the large area making up the upper bowl of Caruthers Canyon. I made the final ridge line, and the high point rocks towered above me. Huge slabs of granite, long cracks, boulders, brush, wind, and snow were all that stood between me and the summit. I didn't find the "right leaning" 3rd class crack as described in the DPS route description, but after multiple attempts from a variety of directions, finally found myself at the base of the "awkward" final third class crack. I looked up and said, no way. I searched around for another way, and in the interim found that there were two summit pinnacles. I went up the northern one, and found that it wasn't "the one". It was the evil twin across from me, separated by much space, both vertical and horizontal. It had to only be a few feet higher than the one I was on. Grr. Down I went and worked my way back to the "awkward" (more than one experienced climber has put this at 4th or even low 5th class. I don't know, I don't have a good frame of reference) crack, or maybe I wasn't even at the "right" one, but it looked to be the only way I was going to get up there. It took a couple of dynamic moves to get up the approximately five vertical feet or so to get the first good hand and foot holds. The wind was blowing in the vicinity of 30 mph, so it was pretty spicy going up the rest of the way. I was a little worried that I might not be able to get back down. I perused the register, noting Kathy Wing and Dennis Poulin's signatures from 2011 (see their write ups for this peak). Getting down was easier than coming up, much to my relief, and I beat my way down the mountain, this time finding the "correct" route by the manky mine and upon reaching my early morning track where I headed left and up the wrong side of the mountain, I saw how it was that I missed it. The "intersection" just looks like a rocky wash, which it was. If you didn't know already what you were looking at, you'd think that's all it was, too. A rocky wash. Oh well, a good day on the mountain!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3265 ft / 995 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3265 ft / 995 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Rain the early morning, then strong, gusty winds.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3265 ft / 995 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2277 ft / 694 m; Extra: 988 ft / 301m
    Loss on way in:988 ft / 301 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Up via Kingston Spring, then over the east-west ri
    Start Trailhead:Near the 2WD TH  5256 ft / 1602 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2277 ft / 694 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Standard route
    End Trailhead:5256 ft / 1602 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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