Ascent of Brace Mountain on 2010-01-15

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Brace Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2323 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed up this one from the South Taconic Trail after passing the tri-state marker on the Mt. Frissell Trail. The entire South Taconic Trail needs to see some more foot traffic in the winter. I had left my snowshoes back between Frissell and Round and had to post-hole my way from the Frissell-South Taconic junction all the way to the summit. It was the first and only time this trip that I truly needed snowshoes. The summit is clear of snow thanks to the wind. Somebody built a massive cairn here for some reason. Great views all around! After Brace, I headed back down to the saddle and over Frissell to my gear, where I found a great campsite off the trail and slept under the stars again. I went over "Brace-North Peak." Not a real peak (no name, no prom), so I'm not logging it... Pictures from the whole trip
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:197 ft / 60 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:197 ft / 60 m
    Route:South Taconic Trail
    Start Trailhead:2126 ft / 648 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 3 States 1/10 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Round Mountain2010-01-15 c461 ft / 141 m
2Mount Frissell2010-01-15 d286 ft / 87 m
3Mount Frissell-South Slope2010-01-15 e 
5Brace Mountain2010-01-15 f197 ft / 60 m
6Round Mountain2010-01-16 a452 ft / 138 m
Total Trip Gain: 1396 ft / 426 m    Total Trip Loss: 325 ft / 99 m

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