Ascent of Wittenberg Mountain on 2014-04-05

Climber: Sean Sharp

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wittenberg Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3780 ft / 1152 m

Ascent Trip Report

1 of 3 of the day for this out & back. Temps were in the high 30s but the wind was blustery all day. Trail conditions at lower elevation (up ~2500) was mostly free of snow with a few patches of ice here and there. Snow accumulation increased dramatically with every 100 feet of elevation or so, with probably 6-8 inches past the Terrace Mtn junction. Fortunately I started early so the snow was icy and not an issue without snowshoes. Had a few flurries on and off throughout the day; the sun would occasionally poke out for a minute but it was primarily overcast and moody.

The trail to the Terrace Mtn junction was well sloped and not too bad overall. A few precarious pitches from this junction to Wittenberg, especially with the ice, but not too much of a hassle with microspikes. Reached the summit in good time and enjoyed the contrast from the moody skies.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Woodland Valley Trail
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Cold and blowing; flurries on and off
Ascent Part of Trip: Catskills 4/5/14

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wittenberg Mountain2014-04-05 
2(Attempt) Cornell Mountain2014-04-05 
3Terrace Mountain2014-04-05 

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