Ascent of Rusk Mountain on 2015-02-01

Climber: Cynthia Chan

Others in Party:Hiking Buddy: Steve Y. Wang
HVH Hike (organizer: Chris D) in reverse order
Date:Sunday, February 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rusk Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3680 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

Packed snow. Snowshoes used. 20s. Sunny, pleasant day. Warm in the afternoon. Calm
Hiking buddy for the day: Steve Y. Wang (3500 aspirant)

Start Spruceton Road 8:15am
SW Hunter Summit 10:40am
Hunter Summit 12:30pm
Rusk Summit 3:30pm
Finish 5:50pm

Did reverse route of HVH Group, given we arrived a little late to the trailhead. Missed the 1st turn for Rusk, so followed Devil's Path to SW Hunter then Hunter summit. Easy to spot herds path trail to SW Hunter. Ran into HVH Group (Chris D Organizer) - group of 3, chatted. They went down Devil's Path to hit SW Hunter. We descended off blue trail to try to find the backtracks to East Rusk, then follow the ridgeline to Rusk canister (~1.7mi). Steep climb up to East Rusk at times, hands and feet. Toughest elevation of all 3 peaks that day. Lots of butt-sliding down Rusk descent to blue trail. Easy to track snowshoe prints and complete the hike in reverse.

Great start to month of Feb 2015!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: SW Hunter-Hunter-Rusk Winter (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak2015-02-01 
2Hunter Mountain2015-02-01 
3Rusk Mountain2015-02-01 

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