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Ascent of Ampersand Mountain on 2014-11-30

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit
Barry Collins
Date:Sunday, November 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ampersand Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Warmer weather than the past several days; morning temps in the low 40s. The snow was melting, but we still all chose to wear our Microspikes from the car. We ran into a couple other groups that were descending in our first hour of hiking, but we saw no one once the real climbing started.

The upper half of the mountain has had lots of trail maintenance done and has several sets of very well made stairs. I'm not sure if it was the Microspikes or the dozens of mountains I've hiked since the last time I hiked Ampersand, but it seemed a lot easier than before.

The entire time we were hiking we could hear the wind way up in the trees, it was really loud. As we got near the top of the mountain, yet still in the trees, the wind started got crazy loud and was starting to even come down off the top at us. We wisely put on our extra layers, took care of all possibly lose items, and headed for the summit. As soon as we hit the bare rock of the summit, the wind made things difficult.

According the mountain-forecase.com, the winds up on Ampersand were a sustained 35 - 40 mph. The gusts felt like they were around 60 mph, although we have nothing to back that up other than the fact that it was difficult to stand and we each were nearly knocked over by the wind on several occasions. I kept one hand on my hiking pole and one hand on my blue Columbia hat the whole time; it kept feeling like the wind was going to rip it right off my head.

We found a couple rocks that were shielded from the wind a bit and took some photos. It was then that I noticed that Dad's blue knit had was gone. He still had on his black baseball cap and his hoodie hood; he said he hadn't even noticed it was gone! Dan said he saw it fly away when he was taking a photo of the summit disk, but didn't say anything because it was gone off the side of the mountain in seconds and he knew we wouldn't have a chance at retrieving it.

This was the windiest hike / summit I've ever been on! It certainly was one to measure all other windy days by.

Saranac Lake 6er #6 for me and Dan! And #3 for Dad! We summited at 1:31PM.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1790 ft / 545 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Trailhead:1524 ft / 464 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 52 Minutes



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