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Ascent of Balsam Lake Mountain on 2010-09-11

Climber: Thomas Spencer

Others in Party:SOLO
Date:Saturday, September 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Balsam Lake Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3720 ft / 1133 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another beautiful day for a hike. Weather was perfect in the low 70's and just a slight breeze. Got to the trailhead around 10 am and was at the summit in under an hour. Even at the top there was virtually no wind. I met volunteers Cindy and Brian on the way up and they were nice enough to open both the cabin and the tower for me. We talked for about a half an hour as other people reached the summit from both the north and south routes. They had catskill fire tower patches for sale but I don't usually carry money with me when I hike. 360 degree views of the region with red hill, double top, and slide easily visible as well as many more peaks. This is #20 for me with only 3 Catskill towers left.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Perfect
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:45 Minutes



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