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Ascent of Big Jay on 2014-11-07

Climber: Scott MacQuarrie

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Big Jay
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3858 ft / 1175 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked up the Long trail to Jay Peak from route 242. The weather started out as rain when I left Burlington but once I turned on to route 242 the rain became snow. There was only an inch or so on the ground at the trailhead. This was the first snow of the season and it was a very wet snow so the woods looked beautiful with every branch of every tree holding snow. I flushed a few Grouse on the way up the trail, but otherwise a routine hike so far. By the time I broke out of the woods up near the summit of Jay Peak though the wind was howling a steady 30 mph with higher gusts. After bagging the Jay Peak summit, and a short rest in the warming room I decided that I would try to head over to Big Jay. At the top there was probably 5 or 6 inches with deeper drifts in places. I found the break in the snow fence and started down. With the sideways snow the visibility was practically zero. I took what I though was the herd path but it certainly was not well defined today. I made a few false turns in and out of the woods and after 10 or 15 minutes of wandering around I decided to head back up to Jay Peak. Even though I was only gone a short time my tracks were already covered on the ski trails. Disappointed but convinced I had made the correct decision, I reconciled with the fact that coming back would mean that I could hopefully have better weather and take in the views I missed out on during a return to Jay Peak and then bag Big Jay.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds



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