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Ascent of High Tor on 2010-05-30

Climber: Eli Wolfhagen

Others in Party:Jane Portman
Vadim Gindin
Lena Katsnelson
Emily Bauman
Frankie Portman
Date:Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:High Tor
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:810 ft / 246 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Continued from HOOK MOUNTAIN trip report)

The route description of this portion of the hike can also be found in "The Long Path Guide, 5th Edition" Section 4 (LPG), pages 39-42.

HIGH TOR
After cross Route 9W and confirming that the Long Path indeed continued on the other side we headed down Long Clove Road, which doesn't actually have an outlet onto Route 9W but is just over the guardrail. After 0.6 miles on Long Clove Road, we took a right on Scratchup Road which ends after a steep uphill at Old Route 304/Haverstraw Road, where we took a left. After about 0.1 miles walking on the very narrow shoulder of Haverstraw Road, we took a right into the woods and uphill.

Back under the cover of the woods, the trail wandered generally uphill. We were all tired at this point and around Mi 1.5 of Section 4 in the LPG (or Mile 8.75 in our trip) we found a couple nice boulders to rest on for lunch. After regaining our steam, redistributing the water into everyone's canteens, we set out again. This portion of the trail gets a little more rugged to the point of almost scrambling over the rocky outcroppings, but we resisted the urge to scramble the giant open rock face just short of the peak. This turned out to be a good idea as once atop the ridge the trail took a sharp turn away from our target scramble route. The final assault on High Tor took a lot out us, so we sunned ourselves on the summit rocks a bit despite the blaring sun.

At the summit the trail blazes become a bit harder to recognize amidst the rampant graffiti on the boulders, but we managed our way down. As was our experience on Hook Mountain, the descent was broken up by several large climbs before reaching Central Highway. I had at least theoretically wanted to trudge over the Little Tor, which is connected by side trail to the Long Path, but at this point we were too tired and psychologically daunted by the task of getting to our 2nd car, civilization and home.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1155 ft / 350 m
    Elevation Loss:855 ft / 259 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:680 ft / 206 m
    Extra Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Long Path
    Trailhead:Route 9W  250 ft / 76 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:735 ft / 223 m
    Extra Gain:475 ft / 144 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Long Path
    Trailhead:Central Highway  550 ft / 167 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2nd Annual Pre-V Bday Hike (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Hook Mountain2010-05-30
2High Tor2010-05-30
3South Mountain2010-05-30



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