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Ascent of Giant Ledge on 2009-05-07

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Ledge
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3200 ft / 975 m

Ascent Trip Report

Stayed at the Table Mountain Lean-to on the first night after hiking from the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trailhead via Phonecia East Branch and Table-Peekamoose trails. The original plan was to traverse across Lone, Rocky, Balsam Cap, & Friday after Peekamoose and Table. After topping out on Table Mtn on day 2, it was evident that traversing these 4 mountains would be more of a bushwhack that I intended. I headed over to Peekamoose, back over Table, and all the way back down to the Phonecia East Branch trail. I then headed up Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg. Not many views on most of these summits. No registers either. I spent night 2 at the Terrace Mtn lean-to. Day 3 consisted of hiking down to Woodland Valley and then back up to Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain. From Panther, I headed back over Giant Ledge and along the road for a short bit to my car. Overall, a great introduction to the Catskill Mountains.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2100 ft / 640 m
    Total Elevation Loss:300 ft / 91 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2100 ft / 640 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1800 ft / 549 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Route:Phonecia East Branch via Woodland Valley
    Start Trailhead:1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Catskills May '09 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Table Mountain2009-05-06 a2047 ft / 624 m
2Peekamoose Mountain2009-05-06 b200 ft / 61 m
3Slide Mountain2009-05-06 c2180 ft / 664 m
4Cornell Mountain2009-05-06 d660 ft / 201 m
5Wittenberg Mountain2009-05-06 e280 ft / 85 m
6Giant Ledge2009-05-07 a2100 ft / 640 m
7Panther Mountain2009-05-07 b920 ft / 280 m
Total Trip Gain: 8387 ft / 2555 m    Total Trip Loss: 1400 ft / 426 m



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