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Ascent of Mount Sterling on 2017-11-21

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sterling
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1988 ft / 605 m

Ascent Trip Report

A steep climb up by old tote roads alongside the ravine leading up to Mt Sterling's south ridge line found me avoiding thickets of mtn laurel to the north, (passing an old, up-high, broken tree stand, cleaning up its dangerous nails) facing a tough slog, I did not even try reaching south thru open woods to explore the nearby Knob 1750' but enjoyed the magnificent views east to a sunlit valley and hills beyond which became turning back up a sun's glint peeking just above the ridge line which once reached made for a difficult crossing to the summit my still trying to avoid thickets now making use of herd paths running between fewer clearings pushing thru thick stands of mtn laurel, having now peaked and claustrophobic in leaf and limbs gave up on reaching relatively nearby Mt Whitbeck instead made a beeline down back to the ravine, its tote road and open woods. Tho many years later, I've now reached another of Arthur's first ascents, to explore the up high open woods might well be my only reason to return, ... ahh here but to peakbag.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:908 ft / 276 m
    Total Elevation Loss:908 ft / 276 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:873 ft / 266 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 853 ft / 260 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:Wac, Old Tote Rd & Wac
    Start Trailhead:Hilltop Road  1135 ft / 345 m
    Time:1 Hours 54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:888 ft / 270 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 853 ft / 260 m; Extra: 35 ft / 10m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Wac, Old Tote Rd & Wac
    End Trailhead:Hilltop Road  1135 ft / 345 m
    Time:1 Hours 29 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Sterling

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Sterling2017-11-21 c908 ft / 277 m
2(Attempt) Mount Whitbeck2017-11-21 d 
Total Trip Gain: 908 ft / 277 m    Total Trip Loss: 908 ft / 277 m



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