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Ascent of Mount Greylock on 2010-09-10

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Matthew Snyder
Danielle Sandy
Yakov Polishchuk
Kim Polishchuk
Date:Friday, September 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Greylock
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:3487 ft / 1062 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the end of Thiel Road and followed the Thunderbolt Trail up to the AT. There are a few places at the beginning that aren't very well marked, but we took the option that appeared most obvious and ended up alright. I hiked up this in my trusty Columbia sandals, the weather being mostly agreeable. It was partly cloudy until just below the summit, when the clouds coming over the ridge from the west enveloped us and it was quite windy.

The clouds made for a cool effect as we came upon the summit, with the marker (an oddly misplaced, though fully functional, lighthouse) appearing out of the enshrouding fog. The lighthouse was open, and to my surprised delight we were able to climb the stairs up into it to an observation area just below the light room. The views were completely closed in due to the clouds (must be why it's called Greylock), but the sound from the wind rushing by outside was quite fantastic. I was quite glad for the solidly built walls. We ate some sandwiches and snacks before adding an extra layer for the descent, and during that time brief windows in the clouds would open just long enough to glimpse the landscape a few miles in one direction (and reach for a camera) before disappearing in a sea of white once more.

We went outside and checked out a neat little lodge nearby, mugged at the state HP marker, then set off down the way we'd come up. Just below the ridgeline the wind died down almost completely once more, and we proceeded down at a leisurely pace on the steep-ish trail to the vehicles.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2327 ft / 709 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Thunderbolt Trail
    Trailhead:Thiel Rd. TH  1200 ft / 365 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Low Clouds
Cloudy on top, winds from NW
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:45 Minutes



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