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Ascent to Upper Wolfjaw Mountain-False Summit on 2017-03-13

Climber: Greg Boyle

Date:Monday, March 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Upper Wolfjaw Mountain - False Summit
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4121 ft / 1256 m
    Remaining Elevation:82 ft / 25 m (3% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Bitterly cold Monday Morning out of the Garden Parking lot at 5:00am. I made decent time to the junction of the Wolfjaws with the intention of summiting both. I began my trek up to Upper Wolfjaw and found that some of the ledges were very iced over and presented some challenges to navigate. This coupled with a thin whisping of snow on the very icy trail made for some treacherous going. I decided that with my hip bothering me on the false summit of Upper Wolfjaw that I should turn around and make the reverse course of the tricky ice patches.

I wish I had a different outcome as it was a beauty of a day, bluebird skies and nothing but crisp air. My body didn't agree however, and I decided the risk was not worth the reward and made it back to the truck at 12:45 after some sore walking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2536 ft / 772 m
    Trailhead:Garden Parking Lot  1585 ft / 483 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear



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