Ascent of Big Indian Mountain on 2009-11-21

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 21, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Indian Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3700 ft / 1127 m

Ascent Trip Report

After hiking out from Balsam Lake Mtn Lean-to to my vehicle on Mill Brook Rd, I drove over to Seager to begin this hike. I actually carried the full pack all the way up to the summit instead of dropping it at the Shandaken Brook lean-to, where I would be spending the night. Good exercise this way. The big stream crossing was a bit tricky as the water was high, but I managed to make it across without getting my feet wet (with the aid of a downed tree). I ran into a pair of hunters right near the lean-to. They were dragging out an 8-point buck, the first deer for the son. The summit is just off the trail, kind of a pain in the ass. I'm not much of a fan of Catskill bushwhacking, so Fir was out of the question. The tiny bushwhack to the summit of Big Indian was plenty for me. Back to the Shandaken Brook lean-to for the night. Since the sun was gone by 6pm, I had an early night after a little reading by headlamp. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1700 ft / 518 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1700 ft / 518 m
    Route:Seager-Big Indian Trail
    Start Trailhead:2000 ft / 609 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Catskills Nov '09 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Graham Mountain2009-11-20 a1368 ft / 417 m
2Balsam Lake Mountain2009-11-20 b920 ft / 280 m
3Big Indian Mountain2009-11-211700 ft / 518 m
4Eagle Mountain2009-11-22 a1100 ft / 335 m
5Haynes Mountain2009-11-22 b150 ft / 46 m
6Balsam Mountain2009-11-22 c1370 ft / 418 m
Total Trip Gain: 6608 ft / 2014 m    Total Trip Loss: 1270 ft / 387 m

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