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Ascent of Snow Hill on 2015-11-03

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Vicky
and Samantha Baxter
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snow Hill
    Location:USA-Connecticut
    Elevation:1200 ft / 365 m

Ascent Trip Report


I must say, as a native Californian who moved east for college, and stayed 26 years, then moved back to California, that I still find the east coast COHP'ing to often be somewhat trivial. Agreed, the woods are often dense. The deer ticks formidable (yes, I got Lyme disease 3x while volunteering years ago building trails in N Westchester County NY). Yet it and Calif. Co.Hp'ing has led me to appreciate prominence over highest elevation.

I completed CT and turned the state "green" on 11/3/15 on this highpoint, yet I felt nothing of the accomplishment that I did with California on North Palisade with Dennis Poulin.

In fact, this COHP was dreary, depressing, ugly, trivial, dirty, and I recommend it to no one except to complete the CT COHP's.

It was an easy drive from the Burley Hill COHP, perhaps 30 minutes or so. We drove to where the radio towers are visible and parked. I made the mistake of following the advice of a previous poster who recommended going to the longer south (right) route around the tower fencing. This way has since overgrown, and had considerable more brush, vines, thorns, and poison ivy than the shorter route to the left (north). The shorter route even has traces of a use trail, undoubtedly created by COHP'ers.
The high point is ugly. It is probably the rock described by Adam Helman, five feet or so outside the tower fence. The area is filled with brush, and trash, and garbage, and filth, and has absolutely no view whatsoever. I was very sad to have turned the CT state "green" at this horrible place. Yet I was with some of my family and hence it was still a remarkable event.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:longer way around the fence (right & SW)
    Start Trailhead:Base of short tower road  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Shorter more direct route



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