Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2009-11-22

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Balsam at my turn-around point on the Pine Hill-West Branch Trail. Not to be confused with Balsam Cap or Balsam Lake Mountain, both in the same mountain range. The Catskill peak namers love their Balsams I guess. Easy trail to follow. No views from the top, though there are a bunch of herd paths to nowhere. It was a really foggy day, so maybe one of them actually leads to a view. Had some lunch and then headed back over Haynes and Eagle. Extra elevation is from re-ascents of Haynes & Eagle.

Back up and over Haynes & Eagle on my way from Balsam to the Seager trailhead. I had a full pack on the whole way for conditioning. Passed the lean-to where I spent the night on my way out. Didn't see a single person the whole day. Perfect weather too. Cool enough for a fleece and light gloves but not cold at all. The stream below the lean-to was easier to cross today versus yesterday. Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1370 ft / 417 m
    Total Elevation Loss:770 ft / 234 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1370 ft / 417 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 600 ft / 183 m; Extra: 770 ft / 234m
    Loss on way in:770 ft / 234 m
    Route:Pine Hill-West Branch Trail Northbound
    Start Trailhead:3000 ft / 914 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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