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Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2010-04-22

Climber: Jesse Quonce

Others in Party:Erin LaFave
Date:Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

My fiance and I got a 10am start on the Zander Scott Trail in search of the summit of Giant Mountain. At the register, 3 other groups had checked in, a group of 4 attempting Giant, a solo hiker attempting both Giant and RPR, and someone else on a very early solo hike themselves.

It was mid-40's at the start of our adventure. Letting the little woman lead the way, it was smooth sailing all the way until the washbowl. If there was a bridge to cross this body of water, it no longer exists. I attempted to rock hop the remnants of what appeared to be a log bridge, only to end up about knee deep in the drink. Backtracking and bushwhacking got us across. Somehow the shoes stayed dry enough to continue and we pressed on. Trail was relatively dry until around 3000'. Run-off on rocks made the trail slippery and difficult at times. Then we reached the "bump." Choosing the "Around Bump" route, we immediately encountered snow. Much more then anticipated. On ascent the spine was firm for most of the way. Our hiking budget is extremely limited, so we made a go of it without the aid of micro-spikes or snowshoes. I don't believe that snowshoes would have aided our excursion, but micro-spikes or crampons would have been plenty helpful. At snail's pace we reached the top. Windy to say the least. We met up with the aforementioned party of four, two adults and two children. Extremely friendly folks from NH. After devouring some snacks, shooting some quick pics, we descended. I apologize for tearing up the trail for future attempts, but the Nike's my fiance and I were sporting were not the shoe of choice for this expedition. We ascended quickly, except for a few falls in the weakening snow. Back to the car by 4:30. A great trip. Our 3rd of the 46.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3050 ft / 930 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Zander Scott (Ridge) Trail
    Trailhead:Chapel Pond/Ridge Trailhead  1576 ft / 480 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast
Cold front had just passed though
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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