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Ascent of Donaldson Mountain on 2013-10-12

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Date:Saturday, October 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Donaldson Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4108 ft / 1252 m

Ascent Trip Report

40th ADK Peak! We arrived at the trail head at day break. We had stayed in a cottage on Tupper Lake during the previous night in order to allow for an early/fresh start. The drive down Corey's Road was peaceful and long and I found myself grateful that we were able to hike prior to the gate closing. The fall leaves were still present, allowing for a picturesque start. Following our several mile walk down truck roads we reached the trail head for Seward/Donaldson/Emmons which begins in between the two lean-tos (Blueberry and Ward Brook).
As we began to ascend, the hike up to Donaldson felt long and unending as I was not feeling well physically. And while the herd path was easy to follow, I found myself becoming easily frustrated with the never ending mud, elevation, stream crossings and tree roots. I practiced my "count the steps" technique which generally helps me to focus on the trail and not any pain or aggravation. After what felt like a long ascent, and about a mile before the summit my energy/mood improved and I began feeling better. Just prior to the reaching the summit we met another individual who was hiking solo. We were able to talk with him for a while on the summit and then crossed paths again on our way to Emmons. The yellow Donaldson summit marker was a welcome site. The skies were clear and the peak provided some good views. We took a break, captured some photos, refueled on trail mix and then ventured over to Emmons.
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