Ascent of Big Slide Mountain on 2010-07-04
|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 ReportBeautiful 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
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Time Down:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
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