Ascent of Dix Mountain on 2013-10-12

Climber: Trevor Kent

Date:Saturday, October 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dix Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4823 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

"The historic effort to honor Grace L. Hudowalski by re-naming East Dix "Grace Peak" achieved its summit on (June 12th of 2013)."

I started from the Elk Lake Lodge and did the Dix range as a day trip going counter clockwise (summating Macomb first). I found it to be much easier then I was lead on to believe, but it was not a easy day. Originally this was supposed to be a 5 person group but a friend of mine twisted his ankle the previous day so he and his girlfriend opted out the night before; so it was just myself and two others from the Plattsburgh State Outing Club.

After leaving the summit of Hough we made our final strides to the summit of Dix, we started a "P-S-U-O-C" chant to keep each other in good spirits. The first cloud we saw that day was just above the summit of Dix on the way up and it was a small one at that.

The summit was beautiful! Wes, Tracy, "B" and an older man named R joined us for a final break on the summit before we headed down Hunter's Pass and out to the car. R went on to summit Hough and Wes, Tacy and "B" shortly fallowed us.

All in all, it was a great day filled making new friends and sharing the adventure in our own way. At the trail head Johanna and Trina left to go back to Plattsburgh while I dipped my feet into the lake and looked at Hunter's pass with Nipple Top and Dix on either side of it with the setting sun. Before making the drive to Upper works where I slept in my car before the next days adventure.

Left Elk Lake trailhead 7:15 am
Summated Macomb: 9:27 am
Left the summit of Macomb: 9:50 am
Summated South Dix: 10:20 am
Left the summit of South Dix: 10:40 am
Summated East Dix: 11:15 am
Left the summit of East Dix: 11:30 am
Re-summated South Dix: 12:05 pm
Summated Hough ("Huff"): 12:51 pm
Left the summit of Hough: 1:20 pm
Summated Dix: 2:23 pm
Left the summit of Dix (via Hunter's Pass): 3:01 pm
Returned to the trailhead of Elk Lake: 6:15pm

Other hikers: Johanna Guilfoyle and Trina Strahl

8.5 hours of hiking.
Total Mileage: 16.5 mi
Total Time: 11 hours
Total Ascent: ~5000 ft
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Average October chill but perfectly sunny and warm!
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Time:0 Days 1 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Time:0 Days 3 Hours 14 Minutes

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