Ascent of Big Slide Mountain on 2010-07-04

Climber: Thomas Spencer

Others in Party:SOLO
Date:Sunday, July 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Slide Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4199 ft / 1279 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful but very hot 4th of July. Everyone else bailed so I went this one solo. Started at the Gardens at 9:30am and was at the summit via The Brothers by 1:00 pm. Back to Garden by 3:30 pm. Along the way I met Phil and Kathy and their two dogs Deagen and Fiona. There were about half a dozen people at the summit including a man named Bill which one of the other people recognized as an author. Saw a pheasant and a garter snake. While waiting for the shuttle a guy that rode the same bus in as me and did Porter said he saw a bear cub. I had planned on doing the loop down the JBL trail but took The Brothers back because Bill and I chatted on the way back.

As a side note I noticed some people that let's just say didn't seem well prepared near the TH with one empty plastic bottle for water and a guy filling it from the stream. I asked him if he was planning on drinking that water and he said yes. I was under the impression that the water is unsafe to drink due to what the locals call Beaver Fever. I wished them good luck and finished my hike.

Also this was my first encounter with a ladder system to aid in ascent and descent.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2696 ft / 821 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Via the Brothers
    Trailhead:Gardens parking lot  1503 ft / 458 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Hot Hot and yeah Hot
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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