Ascent of Armstrong Mountain on 2015-11-15

Climber: Mary Ruth Merkel

Date:Sunday, November 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Armstrong Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4429 ft / 1349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today, Patty and I hiked Gothics, Armstrong and UWJ. I wanted to hike up the cables of Gothics as I like steep ascents! A winter storm came through the day before leaving a layer of snow and ice along the trail. The higher we got, the more snow/ice there was. We hiked to JBL and crossed the Ore Bed Brook river, which was actually quite high. Given the icey conditions, we needed to put on our microspikes in order to safely rock hop. We made our way to the cables, what a great hike, I loved every moment. Climbing up the cables was fairly easy but it was very windy. The views were absolutely breath taking, I really enjoyed this hike!!!

We spent a little time at the peak before making our way over the Armstrong. There was a lot of ice and quite a bit of snow but overall a great hike. Once again, there were spectacular views at the peak!!!! We got out of the wind so that we could eat our lunch and make any other adjustments before heading to UWJ.

The hike to UWJ was tough. It's steep and there was a ton of ice!! There is a 20' ladder that we had to go down, coaxing Patty's dog Macy the whole way. The ascent to UWJ wasn't that bad and again, we were blown away by the views!!!

The hike out was fairly easy. We decided to take the old Ore Brook Trail, which isn't maintained anymore. It was quite wet and muddy (the snow had melted) but overall an easy trail with some great scenery. Crossing back over Johns Brook was challenging due to high water. With the sun out all day, the ice melted from the rocks so we were able to rock hop across.

Overall I really loved this hike! I have a ton of bruises from slipping and falling but feel that it was well worth it!!!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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